Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Damn Yankee, Harrogate

4 Station Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1UE | damnyankee.co.uk | @DYharrogate

Type of Food: American

Price:  Main and 2 soft drinks = £15
Occasion: Meal out after a day out in the dales
Date Visited: February 2013
Overall Rating: Very Very Good **** and a half

Harrogate isn't really convenient to get to from Shipley especially by public transport on the off-chance I would like something to drink. However I had seen Damn Yankee on the internet and was desperate to give it a go. So looking for any old excuse (this time that we had been for a drive through the Dales and 'conveniently' came back through Harrogate) we went. Good American restaurants are generally hard to come by in Yorkshire. The only other place that springs to mind is the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Farm just outside of Skipton but that's more of a lunch time stop than an evening meal. I went with high expectations [n.b. see the review of Reds in Leeds]

One thing I cant fault this place on is atmosphere! It's spot on. The decor is flawless making it styled like an 'all-American' dinner. It's not authentic but then again it doesn't need to be. It's an American themed family restaurant not a museum. There was so much attention to detail right down to the brick walls and 'broken' plaster.

The staff were very friendly and efficient. The table next to ours had a kids party and the waitresses really went over board not only singing Happy Birthday but also chatting with him which I thought was nice.
For us they came over a couple a minutes after were eating to ask if everything was OK which was appreciated and they always checked to see if we needed any more to drink. 

I would have been very happy with a starter but the group I came with didn't want starters. American food is all about starters whether it be Nachos, Potato Skins or Mozzarella Sticks all of which featured on the menu here. Ho hum! Another excuse to go back.
For mains there were a wide array of burgers, Tex Mex, a grill and some lighter bites. I decide to go for the house chilli seeing as thought it claimed to be served in a tortilla basket and I do like myself a good chilli! It was as expected - top class. My only complaint would be a shortage kidney beans. The presentation was spot on and the tortilla basket was a great idea and complimented it nicely. 
The portion size was also spot on and would have gone nicely with a starter (sad face). To fill the gap however I grabbed some fries from my co-dinners. Very very nice!

Great food, great atmosphere and great value. Win Win Win!

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