Remember absolutely ages ago when I said I went to Leeds for the weekend (the last weekend of February to be exact) well, I'm finally getting around to writing up that adventure! The highlight of that weekend, and maybe the only reason we visited Leeds, was to sample the glorious food of Red's. When we approached there was a queue out the door (this is just before 6pm on a Saturday!) and we almost weren't able to get a seat. Luckily, since it was just the two of us, we were able to squeeze in at a window sit.
Red's takes on a pseudo-religious theme with crosses made of knife and forks, replaces opening times with "Hours of Worship" and gives to us the holy blessing of meat. I think it's a fun theme and the whole place has a great alternative look to it (which I feel a lot of Leeds has, making it one of my favourite places) and I love that the staff can be themselves with tattoos and the like on show. Just a side note to the staff, as far as I can remember all of the guys who served us were absolutely delightful and helpful in every way.
I have to apologise for my terrible memory; I can't remember exactly what my boyfriend had. I had a taste and it was delicious, of course but I didn't note down the name but I have a strong feeling it was a Pulled Pork S'Wich. The main reason we went was because we heard of The Donut Burger, and can you guess what I ordered? That's right. #RedsDonutBurger, you gorgeous calorific burger, I am truly blessed.
From the menu: "two housemade 5oz /140g steak patties flame grilled, melted cheese, smoked peppered bacon, dirty sauce and deep fried crispy onions, all between two sweet glazed donuts. Served with a spicy bacon wrapped jalapeno and skin-on fries. The holy union of sweet, meat, and heat" for the price of £12.95. I've been searching for the perfect combination of sweet and meat and this burger delivers. I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to Donut Burgers (but trust me, I'm trying as many as I can when I get the chance too) so I can only really compare this to my experience at Hungry Horse and Red's Donut Burger knocks that out of the park. The combination of flame grilled patties, bacon, the perfect amount of cheese and that sublime dirty sauce has my mouth watering at the thought of it. I want it again. Red's is currently in four locations, so as well as Leeds you can get it in Manchester, Nottingham and Headingley. I urge you all to try this burger so they might expand and find their way to Newcastle. They also had a huge range of BBQ sauces to try - some I'd never tasted anything like before.
This place is super busy for a reason! Unfortunately we couldn't make a booking in advance but depending on the time you visit and the size of your party you might be able to make a booking in advance. I would recommend this to fellow burger and BBQ fans because it was a wonderful meal and I would definitely go back.