The food court at Kirkgate Market in Leeds is going from strength to strength. The Vietnamese street food of Banh & Mee (the prawn summer rolls are incredible) and the vegetarian Indian fare of Manjit’s Kitchen are particular favourites of mine. More recently though, Fat Annie’s joined the party with their New York inspired hot dogs and that was what I was keen to make the trip to the market on Sunday to try.
I arrived at Kirkgate Market with my two dining partners for the day; Maya and her cousin Qasim (11). Maya was keen to meet Santa in his grotto whereas aspiring foodie Qasim was more focused on the thought of eating a huge hot dog. We arrived a little early and, after meeting Father Christmas, still had to kill some time before Fat Annie’s opened the shutters, but it was worth the wait.
I ordered the special which was a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, Qasim went for The Annie Mac (topped with pickle, cheese, secret sauce and loads of crispy fried onions) and, for Maya, I opted for The Smaller Smoke (a smaller version of their classic, The Big Smoke).
Now, truth be told, Maya wasn’t that keen. She’s quite keen on sausages but I think this was her first experience of a smoked sausage and I think it was a bit too strongly flavoured for her developing taste buds. She liked the chips and ketchup though and I ate the sausage, just so it didn’t go to waste, and it was really good.
My Philly Cheese Steak was delectable – strips of steak with fried peppers, onions and cheese – a deliciously, sloppy, messy sandwich. The real star of the show though was Qasim’s The Annie Mac. It’s a great looking hot dog and Qasim assured me that it tasted just as good. He was really impressed with the juiciness of the sausage and the crispy fried onions and devoured it in no time – impressive eating.
All in all Fat Annie’s was a big hit. I’m very much looking forward to working my way through the menu.