[Liverpool] Good & Cheap Eats
Have been away - so missed your post, and it's now too late. I would have added the Everyman on Hope Street to your list - self service and cheap, but very good food in what is an institution.
Odessey on Rose Lane in Allerton is great, but may have been too far out of town for you.
I like Keiths on Lark Lane (by Sefton Park) - great value wine and decent cooking. There are a few others on Lark Lane worth mentioning - such as the Moon and Pea (never been, but heard good reports) and the newish Turkish one the other end.
All this is a bit pointless now, but I hope you had a good time anyway ...
Good to hear keiths is still going. Have fond memories of that place - went there when I was 18 and up in Liverpool (the big city) from my small town in wales. Ordered escargots and thought I was very sophisticated!
Is it still doing well and is the food good these days? Haven't been there for 20 yrs or so.....ah nostalgia!
Yes, I love it too, although I don't seem to get there very often - each time I'm there, I think that I should go more often. It's one of those places that will never change - good mix of ages, very relaxed. I really like it on a sunny afternoon/evening watching the world go by on Lark Lane. The food is pretty good - varied stuff, with starters like foccacia and tapenade, or halloumi or squid in a chilli sauce, and mains which include basics like steak, salad and new potatoes, or spanish chicken and chorizo stew, or lamb kebabs with rice and tahini. I think that, while it will never be gourmet, it is tasty and the quality is good and pretty consistent. Their wine list has some real bargains. I can't imagine them serving snails now - I don't think I've ever seen them on the menu, and I've been here for 28 years...
Consider a few of these places -
Greek BYO, off the beaten track a bit, near the cathedrals. Excellent and cheap if you do BYO (it's £2.50 a head whatever you drink, and I've seen people with bottles of vodka in there).
In the Cavern Quarter. Cheap and always busy.
The Monro. Duke Street. Gastro pub that I've seen some on here slag off, but I've always found to be excellent and good value.
There's a load of places to avoid, and a load of places that think they're a whole lot better than they are in Liverpool. Funny place for foodies.