My Trip to Holy Moly’s with a Little Helper

Holy Moly is it possible to have a 2 day food coma?! (Haha)

More and more restaurants serving American food seem to be popping up nowadays, with a number of them themed around the “American Drive-by Diner” type places; booths, aprons, jukeboxes, that sort of thing. I have never come across an American Diner within the Yorkshire area that focuses on the Deep South, providing authentic, home-cooked food. Holy Moly’s Deep South Kitchen, York, does just that. Taking you on a road trip from Florida to New Orleans, right across to Texas, Holy Moly’s is sure to provide a feast for the eyes as well as for the belly!


Specialising in Man Vs Food challenges and large portions, this is definitely not a place for the faint-hearted looking for a leafy salad! As well as coming up with their own original ideas such as “Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork” and “Deep Fried Oreos”, Holy Moly’s has some fantastic eating challenges to get your teeth into, such as; the “Man Vs Dog” or the “Slidergeddon”, each challenge coming with a set of rules for fun, and the chance to get your face on the coveted Wall of Fame!


Holy Moly’s is a great place for families, with a wide choice of meals on the kid’s menu and a selection of fantastic milkshakes on offer, any small foodies are sure to enjoy this treat! They also cater for parties, and decorating your reserved party tables comes complimentary with your booking!

What’s on offer

“Breakfast? Dinner? Tea? Or one of our famous food challenges? Whatever you want, we’ve got it!”


Every good meal starts with a good drink, and Holy Moly’s have some amazing milkshakes on offer such as; Snickers, Salted Caramel, Jammy Dodger and many more. Kid’s main meals also come with a choice of soft drink or a milkshake. All milkshakes are freshly made to order using locally sourced ice cream, and various extra special ingredients to give them that eye-widening, jaw-dropping reaction like my little helper had when he spotted his Chocolate Milkshake!


Make sure that you turn up equipped with an empty stomach because you HAVE to try some of the starters here. Get a real taste of the Deep South with their “Sticky Fingers” BBQ glazed ribs that are so mouthwatering and the meat literally just falls off the bone.  Or why not try the “Kentucky Strippers” their homemade southern-fried chicken strips, similar to pakoras, made with a secret marinade, these also went down a treat with my little helper. There’s a sharing platter that serves 2 – 3 people that would be a great choice if you want to sample a bit of everything on offer or you’re finding it hard to choose just one dish.



After you’ve washed down a healthy sized starter with a scrumptious milkshake, be prepared because you’ll need plenty more room for your entree. With an array of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and a variety of main meals on offer, you won’t be stuck for choice.


A mainstay of the American Deep-South-diet (which I personally have never seen before on a menu in the UK before), is the Country Fried Steak; Crispy coated steak, deep fried in a light but extremely tasty southern fried batter. Served with garlic mashed potato, collard greens, buttered corn and homemade gravy, this hearty dish really does make you feel like you are in America tasting homemade southern food! I’d definitely recommend this choice for those that want to experience something a little different.


Inspired by a New Orleans classic (and again is rarely seen on menus) is the Jambalaya, and boy do you get a fabulous button-popping portion to enjoy. The warm cornbread muffin served on the side was superb; crispy on top, and soft in the middle, just sweet enough to be a fab contrast to the jambalaya.


The Kid’s menu offers some superb choices from “Chicken Licken Tenders” to “Chef Jeff’s Cheeseburger”, or how about some “Cowboy Corndogs”? My little helper really enjoyed trying out the “Let’s Wing It” chicken wings which as you can see, was a messy affair, but who cares about a bit of mess when you’re having fun and stuffing your face, right? His plate was a lot cleaner than his hands and face in the end but don’t worry, plenty of wipes are provided for the clean-up operation.

Do you enjoy some good old creamy mac n cheese? Because Holy Moly’s do a lip-smacking version as either a main or a side dish, you have to try it! Speaking of sides, their chips are lovely; taking the time to provide proper homemade, twice-cooked chips really makes all the difference, you also HAVE to try these!

There are some really good burgers also on offer. The Maverick; Beef, topped with slow roasted beef brisket – which I had a sample of and it was gorgeous, melted in my mouth and cooked to perfection – sauteed flat mushroom, fried egg and blue cheese dressing. The Outlaw; Beef, smothered in sweet mustard and swiss cheese, topped with Dr Pepper pulled pork, jalapenos and southern slaw.


If you’re a hotdog fan you will want to give one of these a try: The Notorious B.I.G; 10″ pork hot dog served in a sourdough roll, topped with nacho cheese sauce and fried onions. Or the “Long Shlong Silver”; 16″ handmade spicy pork & chorizo sausage in a giant brioche roll, topped with smoky BBQ beans, grated cheese and crispy onions.


And if you have any room left whatsoever (of course you do, you have your dessert stomach that always has room for something sweet!!), then you HAVE to try one of Holy Moly’s own creations. The “Deep Fried Oreo Fritters” are something special and worth a try. The “Mountain Dew Pie” – something I’ve never seen before! The desserts are lovingly thought up by the owner of Holy Moly’s and handcrafted at local Munchies cakeaway!


In Summary

I would hands down recommend Holy Moly’s as a place to visit for a feast/treat/food challenge for any size party, be it families with kids, couples, groups of friends, or even local workers to pop in for their lunch! Situated along the A64 just outside of York, on the route to Scarborough from Leeds it’s easy to find.

The staff were extremely friendly and engaging, creating a relaxed atmosphere and providing an enjoyable experience for us all. The very hands-on owner Simon, can be found in the kitchen and the restaurant, and is responsible for the design and creation of the menus. After having an opportunity to speak to him during our meal, I got a clear sense of his passion for this type of food.


We enjoyed the food immensely, yes it might not be the healthiest food I have ever eaten, but I think you’ll know what to expect with the theme of the restaurant and with that in mind, it doesn’t disappoint.

Their are a number of daily offers available which you can check out on their website here, along with their menus. Keep up to date with any of their latest competitions, creations, offers and news by visiting their Facebook page here too.

To be in with a chance of winning £30 vouchers to redeem at Holy Moly’s Deep South Kitchen, head over to my Facebook page now to find the details on how to enter the competition which ends midnight Tuesday 27th February. You have to be in it to win it!

As always I hope that you give this place a try, and please share your photos and reviews with me by tagging #jensfoodblog / @jensfoodblog I look forward to seeing them!

Happy munching!


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