Fans of the original, now closed Jimmy’s Manchester in the NQ will find this new version on Cutting Room Square both familiar and strange. It’s got the same dive bar vibe, with rock and indie on the stereo, red and black furnishings, and neon signs on the walls. But unlike its predecessor, it’s not a live music venue and hopes of getting a licence for gigs in this residential area are low. Instead, the upstairs space is devoted to a barbecue restaurant where they cook burgers, wings, and skewers over live flame.
Highlights from the menu include the sticky fingers: smoked pork ribs glazed in Jimmy’s BBQ sauce, and the smoked mac and cheese which has a depth of flavour you could drown yourself in. The bone marrow crumb on the top is the culprit – sorry vegetarians, it’s not for you.
Plant-based diners aren’t left out though: they do some excellent tofu skewers in a Korean bbq marinade, plus a small plate of ’cauliflower candy’, and a sweet chilli vegan burger.
The small but impactful dessert list includes a smoky sticky toffee pudding, and an oaty, gooey Crack Pie which is appropriately addictive. For drinks, go for a cocktail or one of Jimmy’s own range of ales, such as their smooth, citrussy IPA, or their version of an Irish Cream.
Jimmy’s shift away from live music is a loss for Manchester’s gig circuit but a gain for the food scene. Expect almost the same level of excitement from a bite of their mac and cheese as you get front row at a gig when the band launches into your favourite tune.
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- Great outdoor spot
- Good for meat