Having tried a few places early on (Trof, Gorilla, Fyg) and being relatively unimpressed I passed Moose one evening after work and after peering through the window it quickly found its way to the top of my list. As soon as I wandered into the branch on York Street in Manchester (turns out it's a mini-chain with three further locations in Liverpool) I knew I'd stumbled onto a gem.
Moose Coffee is a US-styled brunch restaurant, the kind of diner vibe you'd expect to find as you pull up in a small town during a long drive across the USA - they serve up enormous portions of all the breakfast treats you could ever need including pancakes, french toast (option to have it stuffed with jam and peanut butter), eggs benedict, omelettes, potato hash, salt beef sandwiches, waffles, granola.....
The thing I love most about Moose is that there is absolutely no pretense or attempt to be anything that it is not, the staff are always polite and chatty with minimal wait for tables and food served quickly with no fuss. For a while it had got to the stage where I was having to actively talk myself out of heading down there for breakfast on a Saturday morning due to concerns about wherever I tried being worse than Moose (and being disappointed several other places - tales for another time).
On this particular visit I had the Moose Club sandwich on granary and my dining partner had creamy scrambled eggs with a kick of pesto. My Moose club was packed with chicken, bacon and just the right amount of creamy mayonnaise to keep everything perfectly balanced. The food isn't anything special to look at (I appreciate the photos don't look spectacular) - but when you're in the mood for strong coffee and an enormous breakfast it hits the spot like very few other places do.
I've yet to dig into the burgers, salads or waffles but that just gives me all the more excuse to head back (as if I need one).
Excellent Value for money, food options between £6-8 and coffees all around the £2-3 mark.