I've been a big fan of Mr Foley's ever since it opened. The winning combination of good beer, comfy sofas, central location and even football on the telly (often a big no-no in discerning pubs and bars, but it works here) have made it a constant fixture of my days and nights out in Leeds.
The one thing that used to be lacking was the food. I generally stuck to packets of Seabrooks because on the couple of occasions I tried the food it was, to put it bluntly, a bit crap. I'm not sure when things changed, but I'm happy to report that they have.
Trusted sources on Twitter have been praising the food for a while so I finally made a long overdue visit last Saturday. Burgers and other American themed dishes are the order of the day. Two of us chose the philly cheese steak (strips of rump with fried peppers, onions and cheese) and one the philly burger.
Both dishes were tasty and made with good quality meat. Cheese was of the orange American variety, perfect on burgers as far as I'm concerned. As an aside, see here for the science behind why this is the optimum burger cheese. The chips were rough hewn and brought crunchy/creamy deliciousness, and there was a bit of bite to the coleslaw. The only down-side was that the steak strips and burger were both overcooked.
The execution wasn't quite there on this occasion, but it's really nice to see the effort going into making everything in-house; the burger patties, chips and coleslaw were all their own. I'll eat at Mr Foley's again for sure, and if the food ever takes a turn for the worse I'll be back for the beer. Guaranteed.
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