While our kids would happily return to the same restaurant time after time (we’re looking at you, Pizza Express), the grown-ups of the family like to try eating at new places. And if it’s somewhere independent and family-run, so much the better. That’s why we used our powers of persuasion to get the children to agree to lunch at Fancy Hanks.
You might recognise the exterior from its previous incarnation, Cut & Chase. Although the name has changed, the family behind the restaurant remain the same: they’ve just decided on a change of direction.
With a new, darker, Instagram-friendly interior, Fancy Hanks has a vibe that made us feel instantly relaxed. The menu, inspired by America’s Deep South, is full of temptation: all day breakfasts, waffles all ways, a variety of eggs benedict, burgers, sandwiches and buttermilk fried chicken. There was plenty of choice for all of us – a rare thing, considering everyone’s various dietary foibles. In fact the menu includes our children’s favourite food in the entire world: mac and cheese for the youngest, cheeseburger for the eldest and s’more waffles for the middle one. We ordered classic eggs benedict and a veggie corn burger for the grown-ups while promising ourselves that we’d eat fruit and veg aplenty for the rest of the day….
The children were on the verge of becoming hangry by the time the food arrived, but we put the delay down to teething problems (we visited just a couple of days after they’d opened). The food itself was worth the wait: delicious and clearly freshly made, we were all happy with our choices and the empty plates spoke for themselves. It’s good, well-made comfort food without the grease or junk food hangover you might expect from other places. Only our eldest, who’d persuaded us to let him have a salted caramel pretzel milkshake, was unsurprisingly defeated by his meal. He declared the shake well worth it though.
There were a few other families in when we visited, all of whom seemed to be enjoying their meals too. Fancy Hanks is a fun place to eat where the whole family should – fingers crossed – be able to eat something they really love. And not a pizza in sight!
Fancy Hanks, 39 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS – fancyhanks.co.uk