The burgers themselves are thick 6oz efforts, juicy and cooked well and encased in a remarkably cohesive brioche bun; the bun integrity is key here, especially when saucy relishes, chilli and other wet ingredients are smothering the patties. Opting for the Del Toro, I was treated to a good thick chilli, melted jack cheese and jalapenos; smoke, sweetness and a spiced acidic kick provided a pleasant dimension to the burger. My accomplices opted for other burgers on the menu, including the aptly named ‘Brooklyn Big Ass’ which was a heavy uppercut of bacon, onion and pulled pork, the conversation dried up somewhat for a period of 5 minutes while our focus was firmly pinned on the food in front of us.
The milkshakes are a popular option and another nod to the 1950’s Americana, the beers on offer are solid offerings; Brooklyn Lager and Flying Dog Atlantic Lager are both excellent pairings to go with this kind of food, whilst bottled options are drive by Goose Island and Sam Adams; there could be a shout to some other burger-friendly British (or even other American) options given the craft beer fashions we are currently seeing. Finally, someone was feeling a little more greedy, undertaking dessert with gusto. An ice cream sundae was demolished in double-quick time, quiet and satisfied nods were the response to enquiry about dessert.
Service was good; friendly, timing nigh on impeccable and there was no fussing in removing glasses and baskets before anyone was finished. Meat and Liquor is not related to the famed Meat Liquor from elsewhere, but it does possess a solid product which if maintained to these standards will not blow any minds, but will continue to provide an excellent addition to Lark Lane where one can stumble in and tackle American-style fast food for grown ups in a messy, but satisfied manner.
Meat and Liquor
101 Lark Lane
Tel: 0151 727 3126