The second, maybe superior, burger in Newcastle was found at the Fat Hippo. Good name. The burger menu here was more extensive than ARLO, but the menu was almost entirely burgers. We had jalapeño poppers and something else (mustn’t have been as good) with bloody mary dipping sauce, and then “Stinky Pete” burgers. The waiter warned us they would come pink in the middle, which is as they should be, but it was odd that it was more of a notification than anything else.
There were also onion rings (because, um, onion rings!), and more chunky home fries made with the skin on (thank you, potato deities).
I had a Blue Moon and boy had a Jeremiah Weed sour mash, which was so good that I had to order one for myself.
Jeremiah Weed glasses make me want to drink out of a straw on my (nonexistent) porch. Good stuff.
And now, for the token cute animal picture…
Roger! My sister’s no-longer-a-kitten. He’s a good’un.
I think it probably is. As far as I can tell, the Newcastle food scene isn’t exactly brilliant. There were 2 pretty good burgers to be eaten there, though. And we ate them in very quick succession (2 nights in a row. It felt good.) The first was in a cute tiny place I found by googling “food+jesmond” since I figured Jesmond was the place for a food revolution, if one was happening. We walked in the rain for about half an hour to find it. It was well worth the walk and the hunger – I thought boy was going to pass out.
ARLO is well designed, and was packed out when we arrived, at about 12:30. The barista station had a huge pile of amazing tempting cakey goodies piled up on top of it, which I succumbed to once the burger had been eaten. Nobody asked how the burgers were to be cooked, so they weren’t as pink in the middle as I would have liked, but they came quickly, and with a pile of amazing home fries, skin on, as they should be.
Couldn’t resist taking a bite before I remembered to take a picture…
There was also a board of hummus, crudites, tzatziki, and pittas. I’m not sure how I feel about the serving-on-chopping-boards thing. Yes, it’s very photogenic, but it’s also getting a little old, don’tcha think?
Fries and chutney. Yes.
Since we were in Newcastle, here is a token photo of my beautiful bunboy.
He gets more handsome every single day.