‘Yanks a lot for some great grub’
The hit American TV show Man v Food has made its way over to Britain, with notices in many of our own pubs and restaurants offering challenges similar to those conquered by, and sometimes defeating, ‘man’ in the popular programme.
Supersize is in, so I suppose I should have been a bit more prepared for what faced me at the new Casey’s American Diner at the Railway pub in Leyland.
The menu was impressive, with sections including burgers, dogs, sandwiches, platters, wings and desserts.
Jack and I decided to go for a sharing chicken wing platter to start with, dubbed the Wings of Glory (£11.99). It boasted six of the three different types of wings; hickory smoked barbecue, Southern fried; and salt and pepper, and all were delicious and noticeably varying in taste and crispiness!
I enjoyed the salt and pepper ones the most, as they had full peppercorns on the crumb, topped with salted jalapeños, whereas Jack liked the Southern fried offering because they were extra crispy.
I think we were mistaken in assuming that the sharing platter was meant to be a starter.
I’m more inclined now to believe it was a main, as it came with two sides (that should have been a give-away) and an unexpected portion of fries, not advertised on the menu.
We ordered onion rings and coleslaw, which were tasty, and the onion rings were the biggest I’ve ever seen in my life - sticking to the American theme.
That amount of food would have been enough really, and we felt quite full after having a couple of drinks of our favourite ale, Black Sheep. But in the interests of doing a review, and in the spirit of Man v Food, we decided to keep going.
And I’m glad we did, because the main courses were just as yummy.
I had a Porkies sandwich, which was maple-roasted pulled pork, cheese, pickles and mustard, served on a 10 inch soft American-style sub (£7.99). The pork was delicious, and I could really taste the maple.
Jack had the Chilli Dog, which was a 12 inch pork hot dog in a bun, topped with chilli con carne and soured cream (£7.99), plus he ordered an extra topping of jalapeños (for 50p).
He too enjoyed the meal, although we were both slightly defeated in our efforts, and left a bit of the bread and some of our second helping of fries which came with our mains.
I’m pleased we now have somewhere in our hometown which offers a taste of America – we went there on holiday a few years ago, and the food wasn’t much different to that we ate at the Railway last week.
It was great to see so many options on the menu, and one which I expect will be really popular is the Sliders - a mix and match of three mini burgers, which can include The Tex Mex, The Hawaiian, The New Orleans and the New Yorker, to name just a few of the eight different burgers on offer.
There are also loads of extra toppings and sides to help make each meal individual to every customer.
Desserts include milk shakes, a pancake stack, chocolate brownie and a strawberry sundae.
Name: Casey’s American Diner
Address: The Railway at Leyland, Preston Road, PR25 4NT
Contact: 01772 458427 or visit www.therailwayatleyland.co.uk
Details: Served Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday noon-2.30pm and 5-8.30pm; Friday and Saturday noon-8pm, and Sunday noon-7pm