I'll be in Manchester for just a few days at the beginning of February. It's my second time. Last time I went to Michael Caines for the tasting menu so I don't need to go again. I've made note of:
The Mark Addy
Mr Coopers House and Garden
Albert Square Chophouse
This Is Gorilla
Panchos Burritos (for slumming or bringing back to the hotel for a lazy evening but I'm a real Mexican food afficionado from spending mucho time in LA, so will I find it dreadful?)
One word about the Chophouse - I went to the famous one in Leeds and was really disappointed. We are very adventurous eaters and like a nice, clean environment, not too stuffy or bland. On the other hand, when we travel we like to experience really local offerings so will be looking for things like black pudding, etc. We'll be staying central, at the MacDonald Hotel.