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Louise Thody tries the fries (and burgers) at the newest diner on Newcastle’s quayside.

New to the Quayside dining scene is Burger Stop. This self-proclaimed ‘burger, beers and beats’ joint is miles apart from your kitschy American diner replete with ubiquitous Wurlitzer and red neon. The beats came courtesy of Daft Punk on our visit; making for a relaxed yet funky urban dining experience reminiscent of a New York meets Hoxton vibe. Here you will find a pared-down industrial diner aesthetic with military grey walls, canary yellow metal lighting and moulded plywood seating. Also stripped back is the menu which was presented on plywood board and offering a precise selection of burgers and sides. There are six burgers to choose from, three of which are made from 100% locally-sourced beef, and other choices include BBQ pulled pork, deep fried chicken or sweet potato and chickpea falafel for veggies. All burgers are served in glazed brioche buns and they arrive neatly wrapped in paper as you would expect from a stateside take-out. Being a fan of all things spicy, the ‘Chilli Chilli Bang Bang’ was a no-brainer. Once unwrapped, I could see my chuck steak patty had been cooked pink and smothered in chipotle mayo with extra jalapenos to boot. It certainly hit the spot. My partner also went for the beef. She opted for the classic ‘Big Cheese’, dripping with Red Leicester and with an optional rasher of bacon for an indulgent treat. The sides were all lovingly homemade, including a rather overpowering tarragon mayonnaise dip, but the fabulous ‘House Slaw’ was definitely a winner; offset, as it was, with a touch of dill it really had an edge. Alas, the ‘Confit-Brioche Crumbed Chicken Wings’ had all sold out by the time we got there and at £4.50 a tub, I can see why. The ‘House Fries’ were served with ‘House Salt’ (not quite sure what this process involves) but were cooked to perfection with a crunchy coating and fluffy inside. These were definitely preferable to my order of sweet potato fries, which were disappointingly not as crispy. In-keeping with the transatlantic theme, this all got washed down with hoppy Brooklyn lager. For a beer bar, the choices were thin on the ground but they included Red Stripe, Vedett Blond, and some offerings from local brewers Wylam as well as my Brooklyn. For the non-hop heads, there is, of course, a selection of wine, spirits and ‘softs’. Some minor gripes aside, it looks like Burger Stop will be a hit with the hipster crowd on Tyneside. Its laid-back hangout ambience and stripped back industrial glamour certainly make it stand out from the crowd in Newcastle’s burgeoning burger market, if you pardon the bun, I mean pun (sorry!).

Burger Stop, 35 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle. burgerstop.co.uk