Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Real Taste of America at Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Real Taste of America at Home

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Byline: ANGELA UPEX

YOU don't have to go across the pond, to get a real taste of America.

Coast to Coast, which has been three years in the planning, opened first in Brighton Marina and the chain has unveiled a sister restaurant in the Gate.

It replicates the authentic US dining experience, and it looks like what you want a diner to look like.

The restaurant has leather banquettes trimmed in red, US memorabilia, maps of the Lincoln Highway and a soundtrack of great music by the likes of Motown and American rock.

There's also non-stop sporting action on the four video screens dotted around the impressive bar area.

The restaurant only opened last Friday and when we visited last Sunday it was already doing a brisk trade. We ordered glasses of pinot grigio (pounds 3.50) and Coke as we made our choices.

In addition to the food, cocktails, mocktails and beers are also served inspired by the continent.

We discovered the team behind the menu at Coast to Coast have taste-tested their way through scores of dishes in America to come up with the extensive menu - around 50 main courses.

It offers 'American favourites from East Coast to West Coast' and there's plenty to choose from with starters such as chowder, nachos and garlic bread, as well as main meals including prime beef burgers - a choice of 11 chicken styles, fajitas, wraps, steaks, seafood dishes, pasta, salads and at least eight different pizzas served Chicago style. was And there's also a solid children's menu, without a chicken nugget in sight. Whilst deciding what to have we the waitress suggested a share plate of garlic bread served with melted butter.

A great start and very moreish.

I opted for the spicy calamari (pounds 6.55) seasoned with sea salt, black pepper and chilli flakes, served in a bucket with half a chargrilled lemon and a warm tomato sauce for dipping was a fresh, fishy delight, perfectly presented. …

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