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May 28, 2008 06:22 AM

[Liverpool] Good & Cheap Eats

Hi! I'll be in Liverpool this weekend for Macca's concert and I just wanted to know where to eat well on a budget (and hopefully avoiding tourist traps). Even a list of good pubs would be muchly appreciated. Ciao!

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    1. re: Harters

      Around £20-30 per meal. I know it's a tight budget but last month I overdid it in Paris.

    2. Hello,
      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).

      Bistro Pierre
      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.

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      1. re: nick78447

        Thanks for the tips. So which places should I avoid? Do tell!

      2. The Side Door has been tipped a few times on the board and is on my "to visit" list . Certainly looks interesting enough food and within budget.

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        1. 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 ...

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          1. re: Theresa

            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!

            1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

              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...

              1. re: Theresa

                Well perhaps its my memory playing tricks on me but I'm not that old...I must have been 17 so that makes it around 1982!

                1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                  They could well have done - it might have taken me a couple of years to get round to eating there. I moved to Liverpool in 1980 as a student.