Food Review: Yankees
418 Ecclesall Rd
Big burgers and pulled pork sarnies are very much the “in thing” at the moment – but Yankees on Ecclesall Road has been serving up the best of US-style diner cuisine to Sheffielders for well over thirty years now. Their highly regarded reputation was clear as we walked through the doors on a Monday evening to find a lively atmosphere with not many tables spare – perhaps influenced by their offer of 10 wings for £2.50 and bottle of beer for £1.99. Not much to argue with there.
Despite the wings and Budweiser combination looking very tempting, we were in it for the long haul today. My partner and I, both ravenous and struggling to choose a starter, opted for a bit of everything with the combo platter starter. A bit of everything indeed, as the dish arrived with a selection of ribs, chicken wings, potato skins and onion rings. I particularly enjoyed the reassuringly spicy and surprisingly crispy chicken wings, but it was the soft, chewy ribs which stole the show.
For the main, I could look no further than the splendid selection of flame-grilled burgers on show. I’d previously heard stories about the famed Yankees cheese sauce, so I felt bound, nay, compelled to order the BBQ ranch burger which contained the aforementioned along with pulled pork, onion rings and BBQ sauce. The missus, also bowing to the burger, opted for the super deluxe with smoked bacon and cheese sauce. I can happily report that the cheese sauce lived up to the hype – it was sensational. I dipped my chips in it, and then rubbed my burger in it; I’d bathe in the stuff if I could! The fries were top notch and the burgers tasted as delicious as they looked. Wiping a slight meat sweat from the brow, we decided that we couldn’t possibly have any room for dessert… or could we?
Argh! The lovely Yankees staff persuaded us otherwise and, before we knew it, a vanilla and chocolate ice cream sundae sat in front of us with glazed doughnuts, further ice cream, and hot fudge sauce to supplement. Even though we were already stuffed, we both enjoyed the dessert dishes – though we couldn’t quite finish it all! It was the perfect way to end a mammoth meal.
You can certainly see why Yankees has been going for so long! With their friendly service and lively, entertaining atmosphere, you would hedge a bet that the venue will be swinging for years to come.