The vibrant city of Liverpool is a melting pot of many cultures. Besides the English, a number of immigrants including the Irish, Welsh, African-Carribean, and Asian among others, now call this city their home. Their cultures, customs and traditions have immensely affected the fabric of the city. This multicultural state of affairs add to the street food scene of Liverpool. The food here has rich flavours. It is an amalgam of what many cultures and ethnicity of communities bring with them. From halloumi fries to croquetas, a delicious array of eats liven up the menus of eateries serving street food in Liverpool. To enable you to get your fix of the most popular street food items in the city, we’ve compiled a shortlist for you. Scroll down to know more about the street food you must try in Liverpool, UK.
Catalonian and Spanish delicacy, croquetas can be described as bite-sized, breaded and deep-fried fritters that are stuffed with traditionally cured Spanish ham. And in Liverpool, you can easily find croquetas at authentic Spanish tapas eateries. These street food classics are available in many styles and stuffings, but it’s best to start off with original style croquetas. In Liverpool, you can try them at Neon Jamon on Berry Street or La Vina off Victoria Street. At Neon Jamon, sample the Iberico Jamon croquetas that are filled with Iberico ham and served in bechamel sauce or go for the salt cod croquetas that are simply salt cod and bechamel croquetas fried in breadcrumbs. At La Vina, known for serving home-cooked Spanish cuisine, you have the option to choose from Croquetas De Cecina (Spanish cured beef croquetas with sweet piquillo pepper purée) or Croquetas De Pollo (chicken croquetas with an olive oil and garlic sauce called ‘alioli’).
2. Red pepper and goat's cheese pizza
Another must-try Liverpool specialty is the red pepper and goat’s cheese pizza that is both savory and sweet. It is generally stone baked in traditional Italian ovens, giving it an authentic taste. In Liverpool, you can try it at Little Furnace in the popular Baltic Market. Little Furnace has two locations in Liverpool; a stall in the market and a restaurant on Smithdown Road. It is popular for serving authentic Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas that are simply mouth-watering! But the ultimate pizza that you have to try at this restaurant is the red pepper and goat’s cheese pizza. It contains a tomato sauce topped with mild piquanté peppers, goat’s cheese, basil and Fior di latte cheese that is finished off with a delectable balsamic glaze. Another popular spot to try this pizza is at Camp and Furnace, renowned multi-event venue offering rotating street food including a superb array of handmade pizzas, on Greenland Street.
3. Reuben sandwich
A meat lover’s delight, a Rueben sandwich consists of pastrami, corned beef or both with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and pickles stuffed between two pieces of toasted bread. It is a New York City classic, but Liverpool has taken it and given its own unique tasty twist to it. Many cafes and eateries serve the Rueben sandwich, but the most popular place in Liverpool to try the Reuben sandwich seems to be Free State Kitchen. At this contemporary diner serving American classics with a twist, you get a delicious Rueben sandwich that is as good as or maybe even better than the one found across the Atlantic. At this eatery, they make their Rueben sandwiches with pastrami, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and a house Thousand Island dressing served on toasted rye bread. The secret to the delicious sandwich at Free State Kitchen is their pastrami brisket that is made in-house using a secret recipe.
4. Halloumi fries
Halloumi is a type of cheese commonly used in Arabic cuisine. And halloumi fries is a unique Arab-Western fusion dish that is extremely popular in Liverpool. It can be found at many Middle-eastern eateries in the city, but Hafla Hafla is the ultimate place to try it in Liverpool. It is widely believed that this eatery is responsible for bringing Halloumi fries to the city. Located in the ever-popular Baltic Market, Hafla Hafla has a small yet delicious menu and halloumi fries seem to be the most in-demand item. To start off, try their original Pomegranate Halloumi Fries that are topped with fresh pomegranate seeds, mint and tahini (sesame seed sauce). Or go a little further and try their Salt & Pepper Halloumi Fries that pack a spicy punch with homemade Sriracha sauce and Chinese spice peppers. For a Canadian twist, go for the Bacon Halloumi Fries that has crispy smoked bacon bits and sweet maple mayo.
5. Classic panzerotti
Sold at the Baltic Market in Liverpool, classic panzerotti is a deep-fried calzone made famous by the award-winning Italian street food vendor, Fritto. Fritto was founded by a Milan-born local who came to study at a university in Liverpool but ended up opening Fritto a few years later. Simply put, the classic panzerotti served at the eatery is a handmade fried calzone that is stuffed with tomato sauce, mozzarella fresh basil and parmesan. A variety of other panzerotti and Italian snacks are also available here.
Scrumptious street eats in Liverpool
Liverpool has a street food culture to match its music and football culture. You can try Spanish, Middle-eastern, American and various other foods to please your palate. Just arm yourself with our list of the must-try street food in Liverpool, UK, to get a taste of the city.
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