GET TO KNOW: TOM WESTMAN

Tom is director of Meat:Stack. Together with his two chums and co-owners, Charlie and Allan, he serves up real American cheeseburgers - dubbed ‘the best in Newcastle’ - from 
the city’s Grainger Market...
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When I’m travelling…

I love checking out the local street food. It gives you a real flavour of your destination. A trip to Mexico isn’t complete without stopping off at a few taco stands or weekend barbacoa.

Some of my most memorable meals…

have taken place in the USA and Italy. They’re the places to be for plenty of food done well.

For hearty British grub at home, I’ll head to…

The Feathers Inn, or Peace and Loaf, if I fancy a treat. For pizza, you can’t beat Cal’s Own in Jesmond. Away from home, it has to be The Shed at Dulwich in London.

If I could eat my way around the world…

I’d start with breakfast Stateside – probably New Orleans. I’d go to Cafe Du Monde, a great, original French coffee stand that’s been going for years, for beignets, a cup of something strong and a little bit of blues. I might pop over to Naples for pizza and a grappa come lunchtime.

I think it’s massively important for people to sample food from other countries…

The food we cook and eat represents who we are and where we come from, and a little love for, and understanding of, other people’s cultures can help bring us together.

If I could recommend one restaurant to visit overseas…

it’d have to be Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Head there when the South by Southwest festival is on for great music, buzzing atmosphere and banging BBQ brisket!

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If I could only eat one kind of cuisine for the rest of my life…

it’d be American, of course. Cheeseburgers, perhaps?

The Polish know how to eat…

I once went to a traditional Polish wedding, but gave up after the 14th course. But then, you can’t really beat the Italians, can you? They love their food and make an event out of every meal – I really like that about their culture.

If I could travel anywhere in the world for one plate of food…

I’d go back to Florence for a fillet steak I once had, with shaved truffle. An unbeatable flavour combo.

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After a few years spent flipping patties at various North East foodie events and at pop-ups at Newcastle’s No28 bar and Edinburgh’s Salt House beer shop, Meat:Stack opened its first permanent base inside Newcastle’s Grainger Market earlier this year.

The small-but-mighty burger business specialises in ‘real’ American patties, showcasing freshly-ground 100 per cent salt-aged beef, smashed, seasoned and steamed on the grill.

Toppings are all kinds of wonderful and change week-to-week, but favourites of ours include the ‘Yellowstone’, marrying fried onions with ‘baconnaise’, hash browns and American cheese and the ‘French Canadian’ showstopper, showcasing smoked bacon and garlic butter, blue cheese, maple syrup and French-style fixings.


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