All hail the cheese toastie - anybody in disagreement? Before we get to that gooey, cheesy centre, let me take you through my main thought for the past few months...
Months ago, inbetween the seemingly infinite puppy videos my boyfriend floods my Messenger box with, a mac and cheese toastie broke the fluff. Crisp toasted bread, with a gooey yellow filling melting out from between the slices... my mouth was watering on the spot. The source? A little shack of a cheese toastie haven based in Manchester. It's been on my mind ever since.
Welcome to Northern Soul. It's grate.
You likely don't already know, but mac & cheese is amongst my all time favourite foods - so much so, I seem to have garnered a bit of a relation to it at work. Proud of it, babe. This post is essentially an ode to the mac & cheese toastie which Northern Soul, Manchester introduced to me: The Mac Attack.
Gloriously indulgent of course, but surprisingly not too heavy. Served with a side of slaw, you have something to break-up the cheese if you need, I for one didn't need it as it continued to melt in my mouth until it was gone from the tray.
Mac & cheese fans, or just cheese fans, you will not be disappointed. If it hasn't already been added to your to-try list, then get it on there. Northern Soul is on the edge of the Northern Quarter in Manchester and conveniently right on the edge of the city centre, too. It's got the look of a shack from the outside, but once you've grabbed your seat (if you manage it), the Mac Attack, or so many other toastie options will see you through a dining session - expect the menu to change with the seasons.
My other half opted for the Chrimbo Dinner toastie and was fully satisfied. I would title this as the Ultimate Christmas Dinner Sandwich - t'was the season after all. That would be, a standard cheese toastie (Northern Soul's standard, 'The Soul') loaded with every element of Christmas dinner bar the roasties.
You'll likely spot Northern Soul at local food festivals, as they were at the Manchester Christmas Markets this past year. If you don't stumble across a pop-up, get yourself to the main event and work through the menu if you get the chance. I'm hoping I'll be back West to try some of their other offerings soon enough.