We remember going on a diet once. It was the worst four hours of our lives. 

I think we can all agree dieting is hard. The lack of food, the jogging, the lycra – did we mention the lack of food? Now we don’t wish to corrupt you and we apologise if you’re easily swayed but here’s 45 plates of food that are so good, they’re worth ruining your diet for. If there’s anything worth saying the words “I’ll start next Monday” for, it’s these plates of food.

If you fancy staying strong we strongly advise you look away now.

The Bagelry – Belgian Waffle Meringue Sandwich

Why choose between waffles and lemon meringue when you can have both? This is so good you’ll tell your grandkids about it.


Izakaya – Spicy Tuna Rolls

Arguably, these little mouthfuls of wonder are healthy but not in the quantities you’ll undoubtedly eat them in.


Hus – Swedish Meatballs

Eat your heart out, IKEA.


Laura’s Little Bakery – Unicorn Macarons

Melt in your mouth morsels of macarons with a magical twist.


Buyers Club – Brunch

Baked eggs, ‘nduja sausage and an incredible sauce dying to be mopped up by that big lump of sourdough.


Mowgli – Chip Butty

Chip butties will never be the same. Crispy, fresh, zingy and sweet – it’s the perfect dish.


The Midnight Delivery – Aero Mint Nutella Cheesecake

Mint is healthy, isn’t it? Plus we see a strawberry there. We know, we know we are clutching at straws. Just eat it.


Salt Dog Slim’s – Chippy T Dog

Battered sausage covered in chip shop curry sauce. If this is wrong we don’t want to be right.


Xiringuito – Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwich

Hard to pronounce, easy to eat.


Nolita Cantina – Rib Mac & Cheese Sandwich

Just look at how golden brown that toast is. You can forget your Weight Watchers points, this sandwich is everything.


The Moon & Pea – Fabulous Hot Chocolate

It has chunks of Mars bar and Malteaser all over it. What a time to be alive.


Meet Frank – Hot Dogs

You either love hot dogs or you’re wrong. We will never tire of the snap of that dog.


Little Macaron Shop – Crunchie Macarons

Our two favourite things in the world have collided in tremendous and delicious fashion.


CowShed – Steak

Look at that big hunk of meat. Don’t know what that green stuff to the side of it is but yeah, that is one hell of a steak.


Muster Custom Coffee – Caramac French Fancies

Diet starts February.


Rookwood Bar and ‘Que – The Big Daddy

This burger is bigger than our future and is full of beef, Manchego cheese, candied bacon, chipotle & garlic jam and onion rings with a side of beef dripping chips.


Homebaked – Klopp Pie

A heavyweight in the pie world, this pie has others shaking in their tinfoil casings. Jam packed full of the finest steak, capers, mushrooms and more.


Caz’s Kitchen – Marshmallow Cheesecake

An unusual slice of Heaven that has us weak at the knees (and heart).


Finca – Cubano

Pork, ham, cheese, pickles and a special bread toasted in lots of butter. What’s not to like?

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Free State Kitchen – Buffalo Wings

Sometimes we spend the majority of our days imagining how good it would be if FSK invented a never ending bowl of these wings. Cardholders can get 20% off all food Mon-Thursday for the whole of January!


Lovelocks – Chocolate Fudge And Peanut Butter Cake

You will all be very happy to know it’s also vegan and gluten-free. Cut it into four slices rather than eight if you’re on a diet.


Butchers Cafe & Bar – Garlic Bread & Cheese Board

Relationship status: garlic bread.

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Crust – Biramisu

What would make Tiramisu better? How about soaking it in a load of beer? Sorted.


Santa Maluco – Dessert Pizza

Yes, pizza with smarties, Nutella and squirty cream on.

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Slim’s Pork Chop Expresss – Fries

Bad days are best forgotten over fries. Check out the options at Slim’s. Those salt and pepper sui mai fries are sheer filth. Cardholders get 50% off food all January (excluding roasts and after 5pm on a Saturday).


Seven Zero One – Mac & Cheese

The return of the mac has never looked so beautiful. Cheesy cascading messes are always the best burgers.

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Barley & Beans – Freakshake

Should we eat it or get our picture taken with it?

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Salt House Bacaro – Beef Shin Lasagne

A lasagne’s layers are a sight to behold and this one doesn’t disappoint.


Miyagi – Chocolate Brownie Spring Rolls

Life is all about having a balanced diet so we advise to keep a spring roll in each hand.


Koop – Garlic & Parmesan Fries

Garlic? Good. Fries? Good. Parmesan? Gooood.


Cooper’s Coffee Shop – Welsh Rarebit

Dear arteries, we’re so sorry. This rarebit is so x-rated it should come with a parental advisory warning. There’s also bacon somewhere underneath all that oozy goodness.


60 Hope St – Deep Fried Jam Sandwich

Think of the jam sandwich your Mum would make you as a kid and then stop as it’s an insult to this one.


Tribeca – Baked Nutella Cheesecake

The cheesecake from Tribeca is literally moan out loud worthy. Even looking at it makes us emotional.


The Baltic Social – Brunch

This brunch comes with unlimited prosecco. There is a God.


Lucha Libre – Fried Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos served with fried achiote & buttermilk chicken, chilli mango salsa & coriander crema. Forget finger licking good, this is face licking good.


Tavern – Pancakes and Bacon

Three of the thickest, stickiest and tastiest pancakes you’ll ever taste. Tavern Co is truly a special place to start the day (and ruin your diet)


Portland St– Jam Doughnut Sandwich

This doughnut sandwich is not for the faint hearted. It is so right in a really wrong kind of way. It’ll shave a year off your life in tremendous fashion. 


Meat Factory – Duck Fries

Tender duck, crispy onions, hoi sin sauce and spring onion on top of fries. Need we say any more?


Rough Hand Made – Chocolate Croissant

Look at it. All golden and perfect and oozing warm chocolate. Don’t deny your body this flaky happiness.


Death Row Dive n Diner – Lasagne Edges

It’s a well-known fact the best bit of a lasagne is the crispy edges. Deep fry it and put some marinara sauce on the side and we’re anybody’s.


Filter & Fox – Cheeseboard

We were going to think of a pun but it was too cheesy. We know right? Un-brie-leavable.


Blind Tiger – Salt and Pepper Chicken Spring Rolls

Order these and you’re winning at life.


Evil Eye Beer and Burrito Shack – Double Pig Burrito

Double the pig and double the fun. All doused in a BBQ that is hand licking good.


Moose Coffee – Pancakes

There’s no problem in the world a giant stack of Moose pancakes can’t fix.


Fancy filling up a loved one’s stocking this year with the gift of local? We are doing a special Christmas card sale from now until the 12th of December. It’s just £12 for one (usually £15) or £18 for two (usually £20) for a year worth of discounts and deals at Liverpool’s best independents.

Save money at places like Free State Kitchen, Santa Maluco, Maray, HOST, The Moon & Pea, Utility, East Avenue Bakehouse, Matta’s, Liverpool Cheese Company and more.

Grab one here.