206 Chillingham Road,
Newcastle NE6 5LN
Newly opened on Heaton’s Chillingham Road, Bao Bar serves pan-Asian street food that’s packed with flavour. As you may have guessed, chefs Edward Evans and Richard Wheatley specialise in freshly-made bao buns. These fluffy, Chinese-style steamed buns are filled with a choice of four mouthwatering fillings; sriracha fried chicken and cucumber kimchi, pork belly with miso and pickled apple, tempura oyster mushroom with basil emulsion or crispy panga fish with tartar sauce. There’s a small selection of daily specials chalked on the blackboard, which put innovative twists on these favourites.
Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2HL
These small-batch, slow-rise and hand-rolled doughnuts are some of the best we’ve tasted. All the fillings and glazes are made from scratch by Amber Lowe and Joe Millar in their kitchen – at the weekends, be prepared to queue for the freshest filled doughnuts. Having started with weekly stalls at Tynemouth and Quayside Markets, Proven Goods now produce a huge range of doughnuts, and our favourite filling is rhubarb and strawberry jam.
36 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU
35a St. Georges Terrace, West Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2SU
2–6 Shakespeare Street, Newcastle NE1 6AQ
0191 447 1161
It all started in 2013 with a pop-up burger bar made from reclaimed wood, which brought towering grilled patties to outdoor events across the region. You can still hire Fat Hippo to serve a bespoke menu from their fleet of mobile catering vehicles (which has expanded to include a converted shipping container-trailer and a vintage chevy food truck) but now you can enjoy juicy beef, chicken, vegetarian and vegan burgers alongside dirty fries, loaded waffles and a selection of indulgent shakes and desserts at three permanent venues in Newcastle and Durham too.
Riley’s Fish Shack
King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth, NE30 4BY
Head to King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth to find this quirky dining destination perched on the sand. Riley’s Fish Shack has earned a reputation for serving fresh seafood in innovative street food-style dishes, all served in cardboard takeaway boxes – you can enjoy your fish supper at one of the few tables inside the restaurant, or you can take it away for a seaside picnic.