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Angus & Ale

55 Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1JT | www.angusale.com

As the name suggests, this place focuses particularly on hamburgers and ale, but with chicken and veggie options.

The burgers are anything but plain with the top of the range ones being complemented with local Auld Lochnagar cheese no less!

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The Boozy Cow

24 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1AU | www.boozycow.com/aberdeen

Started in Aberdeen, the Boozy Cow is now opening up in other centres. The fare is typical diner with burgers (eight in total), chicken, hot dogs, slaws, salads and side dishes.

A word of warning if you like the prim and proper Brit style of table setting. the website says: “Get stuck in: no plates, no cutlery, no wine glasses”. But, wait, can that be a fork I saw in one of the photos?

Open till late on Friday and Saturday.

The Boozy Cow joins the growing trend for social responsibility in the food sector donating profits to local charities.

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Coast to Coast

Union Square, Guild Street, Aberdeen | www.c2crestaurants.com

This national chain of American diners is themed on the Coast to Coast experience of the USA with a particular focus on the I80 that runs from New York to San Francisco.

Inside it is a bit reminiscent of a Hard Rock Cafe with leather chairs, booths and tables laid out on a split level. Instead of guitars and drum sticks on the wall, there are images reminiscent of an American road trip.

The extensive menu is what you would expect of an American diner and some of what you might not expect, including old favourites like burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, fajitas and both Chicago deep pan and thin crust pizzas. There are separate breakfast and lunch menus.

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Frankie & Benny's

Queen's Links Leisure Park and Union Square, Guild St, Aberdeen | Telephone 01224 590394 | www.frankieandbennys.com

Consistently second to only La Bamba in the early days of this website, Frankie and Benney's is based on the theme of a New York Italian bar and diner, Frankie and Benney's offers a tempting choice of burgers, steaks, pizzas and pastas, with an American Italian flavour. The decor and style, too, are quite authentic.

The food quality has consistently been to a high standard every one of the many times we've tried it.

Pizzas - so often the give-away for restaurants which use pre-made, pre-packaged food - are a particular favourite and quite clearly freshly made. (TIP: The large pizzas are best. If there's two having pizza, ask for a large pizza to share and get them to put your choice of toppings on half each.)

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Handmade Burger Co

Union Square, Guild Street, Aberdeen | www.handmadeburger.co.uk

Traditionalists won't like this place. The tables are quite packed in to make best use of space that is costing a pretty penny in prime slots in a shopping mall. Even more horrifying, once seated and selected your burger, you go and place your order at the counter. Worse still, you pay at the same time, before you have eaten!

But, if you can stand all this breaking with tradition, you will be rewarded with pretty good burgers – something that is a real rarity in the UK (the land of the compressed reclaimed meat burger). Definitely not the place for a romantic meal to impress. But if you accept this for a fast-food restaurant that serves a really nice burger then, in our book that merits the three stars.

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Lil' C's Bar-B-Q

Ryehill, Oyne, AB52 6QS | 01464 851573 |

Just a short distance from the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness trunk road, Lil’ C’s Bar-B-Q takes over from Gadie’s which occupied the premises for many years.

Lil’ C’s Bar-B-Q is even more focussed on American food than Gadie’s. The menu centres round burgers, pulled pork, chilli, sticky sauce, spicy wings and finger lickin' ribs.

You order with your table number at the bar and then choose from a fairly limited choice of drinks from a fridge. The beer choice seems to be dominated by Budweiser (the American one, not the original Budvar one).

It seemed a bit sparse as did the counter without the display of tempting home bakes of the past.

There are deserts and home bakes to round off your meal and you can have a coffee to complement your meal.

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Maggie’s Grill

242 Holburn Street, Aberdeen AB10 6DB | 01224 582167 | www.maggiesgrill.co.uk

Soul food is a big thing in USA at the moment and Aberdeen is not being left out. Enjoy dishes like gumbo, southern fried chicken, smoked pulled pork, Cajun blackened salmon and much more.

Maggie’s Grill is about four tenths of a mile from Holburn Junction at the west end of Union Street. It is a cosy, informal diner.

On our first visit (we will be back!) the pulled pork sandwich was absolutely mouth watering, with tender pulled pork, coleslaw and barbecue sauce. But, although it was very flavoursome, the flavours were expertly balanced to ensure that nothing overpowered the other subtle flavours. The Howlin’ Wolf Chilli was similarly strong on flavours, but nicely balanced. This was a taste sensation with the usual minced beef complemented by smoked brisket and a section of chillies. It was pretty hot, but not overly so. Served on a bed or rice with the best corn bread I have tasted.

With all that going for it, it’s not surprising that it is pretty popular, so booking is advisable.

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TGI Fridays

Beach Esplanade and Union Square, Aberdeen | www.tgifridays.co.uk

The good news is that the decor and atmosphere are interesting and the service - almost OTT in the American style - is attentive but informal.

We’ve been pretty pleased with the TGI Fridays in Union Square and have just about forgotten the early disappointment at the Beach Esplanade when we gave the fajitas a try on three occasions, before giving up on them. The lack of the customary sizzling hot platter suggests that the fajita vegetables and meat were pre-prepared and kept lukewarm.

The resulting dollop of unappetising, mushy, soggy onions, in the place of the crisp, crunchy vegetables one expects were most disappointing and the lukewarm beef not particularly appetising.

Burgers, steaks and sandwiches were a safer bet. Not yet plucked up courage to see if they now cook proper fajitas!

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