Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Primo's Revisited - Leeds

It's been a while since I last visited Primo's perhaps a year, maybe two. There are so many new places opening in Leeds at the moment it's easy to forget or put aside old favourites.

Primo's has undergone a refurbishment and a menu revamp fairly recently and it's quite different to the original Primo's I remember. Don't worry they still do great hotdogs.

They seem to have dropped the 'gourmet' from their name and instead are playing on 'authentic' these days. Hotdogs come in two forms 'classic' and 'super'. They now also serve burgers and sandwiches, to be honest they might have done so before but I've never ordered or been even remotely interested in anything other than their hotdogs.

The decor has been updated, there are filament bulbs, shabby chic furniture and a much less claustrophobic feel inside. It feels a little less coffee shop turned hotdoggery and more 'dude food' revolution.

They still have a good alternative selection of cold drinks, including US favourites. I picked up a can of ginger beer, a new one to me, it was good, refreshing and spicy.

My dog of choice was the Spanish Harlem, one of the Super Dogs, slightly more expensive but you get more sausage for your quid.

The Spanish Harlem is a beef dog topped with chorizo chili, pico salsa, Monterrey Jack cheese and sour cream. The chili chorizo was fab, packed with flavour and a bit of spice but not too much for a lunch time meal. The salsa made a right mess, but getting messy with your food has always been a must at Primo's, at least that hasn't changed.

The beef dog was okay but I sort of miss the chorizo and pork dogs I used to enjoy in the form of the previous hotdog option The Matador, I guess I was choosing the closest option in ordering the Harlem.

D ordered the Pittsburgh, a beef dog topped with pulled pork, BBQ sauce and jalapeƱo slaw. I let him off a picture on this occasion as we were famished. So you'll have to make do with another picture of mine.

We both had accompanying fries and a pickle pot... which turned out to be more coleslaw.. odd.

The old gentleman is still there, clearing tables, bringing out food and being the true gent that he is. They have thankfully done away with those horrid napkin dispensers and placed them neatly in their condiment drawers instead.

Have you tried Primo's new menu? What did you think? What's your favourite dog?

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