Words by Lisa Harrison

In Manchester’s Northern quarter sits Infamous Diner, an American themed diner serving up delicious dishes in a vintage setting just a stone’s throw away from the Arndale Centre and Printworks.

Stepping inside, one immediately forgets the hustle and bustle of Manchester’s streets as guests are transported stateside. Classic tunes play over the speakers, US car licence plates adorn the walls and the décor is straight from the 50s – black and white checked floor, leather booths and bar stools. There is even a large TV showing classic vintage and retro movies such as ET.

Being an American style diner, Infamous’ menu has all the classics you would expect, including burgers, grilled sandwiches, pancakes and waffles, hot dogs, nachos, chicken wings, fries and shakes.


Rachel and I got the opportunity to visit Infamous Diner in August and we weren’t disappointed. The food is reasonably priced – I couldn’t see anything over £16 – and the portions are generous. We chose the ‘Veggie Nacho Stack’ to start, consisting of tortilla chips covered with salsa, sour cream, cheese sauce and jalapenos. It was delicious – the tortillas didn’t go soggy even though they were loaded with a good ratio of each topping. There was a lot of nachos so do take this into account if you have ordered a particularly large main course!


For our main courses, Rachel and I decided to sample the burgers. I chose the ‘Infamous Cheese’, a beef patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onion sandwiched in a bun with Infamous’ homemade burger sauce. Rachel opted for ‘This Is Why The Chicken Crossed The Road’, a chicken breast with assorted toppings. Burgers are available with a choice of curly or skinny fries. Rachel and I also sampled a couple of side dishes – the corn on the cob with chilli and garlic butter and the beer battered onion rings. As expected, everything was very tasty but we did struggle to get through the sheer amount of food!

Infamous Diner has a great choice of drinks, from cola and coffee to wine and cocktails. We got to sample one of the delicious ‘mocktails’ that are available and which make a refreshing alternative to traditional soft drinks.


No American diner would be complete without milkshakes and there is a choice between soft (more traditional) shakes and ‘hard’ varieties which feature alcohol. If all that wasn’t enough, there are also desserts to be sampled, and what better way to end an American meal than with an ice cream sundae?

Rachel and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Infamous Diner and hope to go back to sample more of the menu. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends and the whole venue can actually be hired for parties and functions. Infamous Diner runs regular food and drink offers and students can get a 25% discount all day from Monday to Thursday.

Rachel and I would like to thank the staff at Infamous Diner for making our trip there very special!

Infamous Diner (Monday-Sunday 10am-10pm)

3-5 Basil Chambers

Nicholas Croft


M4 1EY

0161 819 1798


Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!