I used to go to Annie's quite a lot before I started this blog, however it's been a while since I visited. A catch up with an old mate from outside Nottingham gave me the perfect excuse to revisit and see if it was as good as I remember.
This place is synonymous for good beer and exciting burgers, and is an institution as far as Nottingham folk are concerned.
My friend and I headed there on Monday evening, and thankfully it was pretty quiet. I have been on occasion (granted mostly at weekends or at lunch time) and it's been rammed to the rafters and the wait for a table has been loooooong.
The menu varies wildly, from the 'bacon cheddar' – doing exactly what it says on the tin, to the outrageous 'Elvis' – a half pound burger topped with peanut butter and raspberry jam.
I love the fact you can choose from a beef patty, chicken breast, veggie or 100% vegan. Literally anyone can enjoy Annie's.
We were seated by the window, and quickly ordered drinks. However we then started chatting and didn't look at the menu for ages (sorry to the extremely patient waiting staff).
Eventually we ordered food. I went for the 'North Carolina'. A burger (I opted for chicken) topped with 8 hour slow cooked bbq pulled pork and crispy fried onions. (I removed the red leicester cheese). I also upgraded to sweet potato fries. Usually I buck the trend at Annie's, opting to order a hot dog (I know, I know) so this was the first time I have gone for a burger (albeit chicken). I was really impressed! The chicken was juicy and tasty, and the bbq pulled pork was amazing. So succulent! If you read my blog you'll know how much I enjoy pulled pork. I was tempted to ask for this without the chicken just to have only bbq pork but I am really glad I didn't. The crispy onions were divine and really made the burger amazing. Maybe I should have been more daring, but I am glad I went for something I knew I would love. Maybe next time I will go for the Sunday dinner burger! I did have to send the sweet potato fries back as they arrived stone cold 🙁 However it was quickly rectified, no harm done.
My mate went for 'The Broadway' – A beef burger, layered with a Scottish sausage patty, grilled chicken breast, bacon, melted american cheddar and bbq sauce on the side. Wow this was a whopper! Describing it as tasty between bites, my friend really enjoyed it. He had the skinny fries, that were warm, not piping hot as you would expect.
There are loads of different options for toppings, so you can be as adventurous as you like here. The vibe is really chilled and the decor is great. What makes this place for me is the sheer inventiveness of the food and I love the novelty factor of it. It's a great place to bring out-of-towners, and I will definitely be back for more soon!