A month of foodie heaven might be coming to an end but despair not! There is still so many amazing options in Southport for all lovers of exciting food. Recent Visit Southport research revealed there are more independent restaurants per capita in Southport then London. With that astounding fact in mind, here is our guide to some of the best of them
North African: Fig Bistro
Fig Bistro is a wonderful little bistro on Eastbank Street that serves up authentic North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, all hand cooked by owner Janine. It is one of those perfect little hidden away gems that once you visit will immediately become a favourite. Enjoy a meze of hot and cold starters with friends (the Fatayer are to die for – little parcels of feta & spinach. Nom) or enjoy one of the beautiful kebabs with fresh tender meat. To take you truly back to that Egyptian holiday take advantage of their tobacco free Arabic Shisha area!
South American: Churrasco Grill
The latest edition to Southport’s expanding foodie scene, Churrasco opened this month and is already receiving great reviews. A meat eaters heaven they serve up the best quality Angus steaks. South America is renowned for it's steaks, and Churrasco's are all cooked on an open log fire. Watch this space for our review of it, it is on our to do list as Mr Independents fancies himself as a steak expert and is dribbling in anticipation.
Vegan: Plant Academy
Another brilliant new opening, The Plant Academy in the Market Hall is taking Southport by storm with its unique vegan and organic menu. Innovative owner Eleanor is makes vegetables, plants and all things green exciting and packed with flavour. You don’t need to be vegetarian for the delicious menu to appeal and the smoothies or green tea lattes are so full of taste and are perfect for a energy boost or a refresh on these now hot summer days!
Head south for a taste of the East in this brilliant corner restaurant at the bottom of Lord Street. Their Thai menu has influences from Korea and Malaysia and is carefully prepared and presented. Highlights for us include the steamed scallops to start and the sizzling weeping Tiger to follow (*not really tiger don’t worry). Other dishes we have tried and can thoroughly recommend are the Penang curry, Lava Chicken and Kimnchi Beef. If you fancy staying put on the sofa, take away is available too.
Pizza at it’s best from the Market Hall (quite the surprising destination for good food – the deli, butcher’s and veg stalls are sublime but that’s another blog for another day). A firm local favourite for a fresh handmade pizza delivery or perfect for a quick lunch break stop in the sun with one of their regular offers and deals.
Pulled Pork & Burgers: The Brass Pig
There aren’t words to do The Brass Pig justice! This cult favourite boast their own smoke house where they produce their own pulled pork and brisket. The burgers are aptly named the Beasts and at 1/2lb each they are eye wateringly packed and you can add said pulled pork if you want the full experience. There’s hot dogs to die for and their signature sandwich ‘The Pig’ is packed with juicy pork shoulder, smoked over applewood until its tender, pulled by hand all served up in a brioche roll.
Tucked away in Stanley Street but with a great local reputation, enjoy a quesadillas, fajitas and tacos in a great atmosphere. Intimate enough for a date but with the spice to make a celebration fun. For a more authentic ‘street food’ style experience sit and order at the bar with a cold bottle of Sol
Spanish: El Rincon
More years living with a Spaniard then I care to think about, this writer knows a thing or too about Tapas and as such can with good faith tell you that El Rincon cuts the mostazo. With a very welcoming touch of a free tapas dish with your first round, the service is great and the food authentic. Given its basement setting you’d be forgiven for being disappointed you haven’t walked back out on to the streets of Sevilla after your meal. End the meal with a chupito (a shot to me and you).
Volare Italian on Lord Street is excellent and worth a visit for top quality Italian food, prepared by owner and Chef Onfario - but for amazing food on the go their newer, sister deli has to be on your list. Tomorrow, don't buy that butty - head over an treat yourself to one of their divine slices of pizza or the homemade giant arancini (stuffed rice balls). For a sweeter tooth their patisserie items are to die for. We can't get enough.
This may be our top 9 for today but this list is by no means all there is! If you have a favourite foodie destination in Southport then let us know! We love to hear your reviews. Why not get on the social media band wagon and share your pics of tea tonight if you are eating out in a Southport Indie? Tag @southportindies into your posts. We love a good dinner shot