One of my friends now lives in Nottingham, so I hopped on a train to the Midlands to visit and of course to sample some of Nottingham’s vegan delights. The place that I was most keen to try was Annie’s Burger Shack. Some of the pictures on Instagram looked incredible and who doesn’t like a burger?
About Annie’s Burger Shack
Annie’s Burger Shack is the creation of …you guessed it… Annie, who was born and raised in Rhode Island in New England U.S.A but moved to Nottingham in 1994. Annie discovered Real Ale when she moved to the Midlands and decided to combine with American style burgers and open the Burger Shack and Freehouse in 2009. You’ll find it in the historical Lace Market of Nottingham centre.
Annie’s is not about fast food, despite its diner-esque decor. Instead they create masterpieces on a plate with the most original burger combinations that I have ever seen.
What I ate at Annie’s Burger Shack
I asked for their vegan menu and they told me that they could make any of the burgers on the menu vegan, which seriously confused me as they had chicken breast, bacon slices, crab meat and all sorts in the descriptions (and that was on top of the burger itself). They must have had over thirty burger combo options and they were all as unique as the next. I opted for what I thought was a more tame option called “The Gringo.” It was described as a burger topped with a crispy tortilla basket, chilli garlic sauce, filled with Mexican spiced rice, refried beans, salsa, sour cream and a green Mexican chilli sticking out the middle. I also chose sweet potato fries to go along with it.
When the waitress brought this burger out I choked on a laugh as it was ginormous and I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. It looked incredible but I had to dismember it to eat it. Taste wise it was fantastic. There was so much to it that each bite packed a punch of different flavours.
I also ordered a vegan chocolate milkshake which was tasty too, although nowhere near as impressive as the burger. If I’d know what was coming with the size of this burger I would have gone without the milkshake.
Have you ever seen that programme “Man vs Food?” For me it was very much Anjuli vs food. I was far from finishing this burger but my oh my was it delicious.
I aired on the side of caution when selecting my burger as I wasn’t sure what vegan crab or chicken or anything like that would taste like. However if you’re the adventurous type, then you have plenty of choice!
If you’re in Nottingham then definitely go to Annie’s. I’ll be going back the next time I visit my friend and maybe next time I’ll be a bit more daring.