Lucknow is a city that is on the verge of a very significant change. The second most happy city in the country is evolving, it is changing so fast that sometimes it gets difficult to keep a track on all that it is going through. Restaurants and food chains are mushrooming in every lane and street of Lucknow, malls and brands are steadily making their way into our lives. Though the love of Tunday ke kebab and Prakash ki kulfi will never leave our hearts, we are hoping to see some big names come to the city of nawabs.

Lucknow’s love affair with food is not unheard of, people here go gaga over delicacies and no matter how many options you serve us, food will never be enough! Living the spirit of the city to the fullest, here’s a list of all the food stops and restaurant chains we cannot wait to have in the city.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is probably one of the greatest fast food places of all time. The Mexican food in Lucknow is anyway slim pickins, at least with the Taco Bell we would be able have some good Mexican. Obviously people know it is toned down Americanised Mexican food, but it is sooooo good. The burritos, soft tacos, nachos, quesadillas, rice bowls, chalupas and Mexican fries have made a home into our hearts . Anyone who’s had a Taco Bell chalupa knows that there’s nothing better than biting into the crispy and chewy outer shell, which then lead to a cheesy chicken (or veggie) filling which is encased in cheese, sour cream and fresh salsa.

Burger King

If you are a fan of burgers you’ve surely tried the Burger King burgers and compared them with the burgers we get at McDonalds. There is no doubt in the fact that the king of burgers, Burger King, actually has a more versatile burger menu. The burgers are better, bun softer, sauces tastier and we are not just talking whopper here, we are also talking chicken fries, sandwiches, cheesy fries, nuggets and the ultimate onion rings and thick shakes. We are simplu over the whole McDonald’s magic and are waiting with bated breath for the king to come and rescue us from this burger hell.

Dunkin Donuts, MoD, Krispy Kreme

Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? A fluffy chewy disc of pure bliss that comes in variety of flavours. From Red Velvet and Original Glazed at Krispy Kreme, Boston Cream and Cookie Cartwheel at Dunkin Donuts to Midnight Beauty and Cinnaster at Mad over Donuts, we just cannot seem to have our fill of the sweet dough balls. Add some nicely made coffee to the mix and you win yourself a delightful meal that cannot be replaced. So it is suffice to say that we’re tired of getting doughnuts only when we or our friends go to Delhi.

IHOP- International House of Pancakes

To say that pancakes are the kings of breakfast would be stating plain facts twice over. A stack of pancakes drenched in syrup, covered in chocolate sauce with a knob of butter on top, is our American breakfast fantasy come true. Not that we don’t have nice places that serve tasty pancakes in the city, but imagine an entire restaurant chain dedicated to just pancakes and imagine the plethora of options you’d get. And not just pancakes, but crepes, all sorts of omelettes, waffles, pancake sliders, sausages, hash brown and much much more. In short- a mouthgasm on a platter!

Starbucks

Starbucks is the queen of coffee. No matter who you are, a college kid looking to post something cool on your Instagram or a working professional looking for a Venti sized iced espresso to calm yourself down, we all know and love Starbucks. Let’s be honest, the love for their coffees, croissant, layered cakes, cookies, sandwiches and what not is still less than our love of being able to say: “Get me an Mocha frappuccino, grande, milk non fat, hold the whipped cream, add in a pump of caramel and please spell my name right.”

Nando's

Nando’s is the holy grail for any non-veg lover. Not that your vegetarian friend won’t enjoy themselves here, but let’s be honest we know we come here for the Portuguese Chicken. It is the go-to restaurant when someone craves a beautifully prepared chunk of meat. Their Espetada, Peri Peri Chicken, Chicken Skewers with Pita & salsa make for some of the most loved meals. Not just that, the portions here are more than good for what you need. The coleslaw and peri-peri wedges complete the meal like nothing else.

Theobroma

Think layered cake that is so delectably sinful it makes you want to eat your fingers away. Brownies so fudgy you feel like biting into a cloud of bliss and cupcakes so cute and delicate you want to cuddle them. Theobroma has created a niche when it comes to desserts. The bakery chain is among the top in the country and we just can’t handle having one more mediocre tiramisu or a hard AF muffin. Theobroma is the answer to all of our dessert woes.

Haldiram's

Now we know we’ve had enough of videsi food chains but to add a flair of desi to our little list is Haldiram’s. We all know and love the packaged sweets they serve, the namkeens and all of the snacks. BUt what Lucknow is missing out on, is an accoutrement of freshly prepared chat, sweets, snacks and dishes that no-one can do justice to. If at 9’o clock at night you crave jalebis, you go to Haldiram’s, if you start missing the desi chaat but don’t want to stand at a roadside on a hot summer’s day, you go to Haldiram’s. Haldiram’s ke chhole bhature aur raj-kachori are so good, we can already imagine having the lot!

Can’t wait right?

Lets us know which of these food brands are you the most excited for and in case we’ve missed out on your favourite brand/food chain. Stay tuned to Knocksense for updates on which of these will be the first to grace the city.

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When in Lucknow, the chances of you not finding anything interesting to do or any place to visit, is next to impossible because the city houses a variety of things and areas to keep you busy. Starting from ritzy bars where you can let your hair down to unique restaurants which are perfect for your 'gram, Lucknow has it all and how! So here we have listed 7 places for you to visit in the city and no matter how you're feeling, all of 'em are gonna amp up your mood- you just gotta take your pick.

The Beer Cafe Biggie

An absolute favourite of beerholics in Lucknow, The Beer Cafe Biggie has recently become one of the highlights in Hazratganj. They're the ONLY The Beer Cafe franchise in Uttar Pradesh, equipped with a Python Beer Dispenser with 12 taps and their bar menu has more than 150 alcohol beverage brands listed on it. Along with all this, we'd absolutely recommend their woodfired pizzas, which are as good as it gets!

Location: 2nd Floor, Rohit House, Shahnajaf Road, Opposite Sahara Mall, Hazratganj, Lucknow

The Scotch Bros.

A new addition to the legion of booze shops in Lucknow, The Scotch Bros is an absolute kick-ass alcohol store which is offering us a selection of luxury liquor choices with a range of unique whiskey, scotch, tequila and wine brands. The store also has various gifting options, inclusive of exotic alcohols and unique packaging, so if you have to pick a gift for a house-party, head here! It is also a safe space for women, looking to shop for their favourite daaru and it is one of the major reasons why we love this establishment.

On bulk shopping of Rs. 5000, avail assured branded giveaways at The Scotch Bros and more exciting offers.

Location: One Awadh Centre, Cinepolis Mall, Vibhuti Khand Gomti Nagar Lucknow

Goku

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Location: Shop 1/120, Deva Palace, Patrakarpuram, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

Lord of the Drinks

One of our most preferred weekend hangout spots, LOTD offers a glam-chic ambience and it attracts the best gentry in town. So if you're a true-blue tippler who enjoys a variety of cocktails and good music along with it, then this is the place for ya'. We love absolutely their bar menu and the food options, don't disappoint either!

Location: B 204-208, Second Floor, Rohtas Summit, 3/3 Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

All 'Bout Desserts

All 'Bout Desserts is a cakery and cafe, which has us the hearts of the dessertarians in town! If you're looking to bag a few yummy goodies for home or just wanna have a low-key snack sesh, ABD will heed to your needs in delicious ways. Their menu has a fine balance of sweet and savoury, so whatever you maybe craving, you'll find it here. ABD also specializes in customized cakes so be it a generic birthday cake or an artisanal one, you can definitely bank on them.

Location: B Block, Church Road, Near BATA Bhootnath, Indira Nagar, Lucknow

Bigg Daddy

This swanky restobar has our hearts and we look forward to every reason of being here. The all-inclusive F&B menu, outdoor seating arrangements and the overall vibe of this place, simply pulls us in and we're not the ones to resist. When here, do try out their epic LIIT and pick any from the cocktail options and we're sure, you'll be going home with a belly full of good booze and a smile on your face!

Pomona Orchard

Lucknow's first-ever fruit bar and boutique, Pomona Orchard is seated in Gomti Nagar, wrapped in plush interiors, soft lights along with a comfy ambience. Pomona also doubles up as an organic health kitchen and a fusion eatery, with an expansive menu which caters to your health and your palate too! When here, you've gotta try out their vegan Bolognese Spaghetti, Fruit and Exotic Cheese Board, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Spinach Pizza and of course, the chef-special Raw Fruit Brownie.

Location: 3/16, Upper Ground Floor, Vinay Khand B, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

Knock Knock

So if you're in town, do make sure to check out these 7 places and you'll not spend a single day/evening, being bored or feeling bleh. But do make sure to be armed with your mask and sanitizer before you head out!

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