Not since Dorman Long built the Sydney Harbour Bridge has Teesside produced something as wonderful as the parmo.

A flattened piece of fried chicken, topped with béchamel (or just béch if you’re local) and cheddar cheese, not parmesan cheese to the surprise and confusion of Southerners.

Any self-respecting eatery in Teesside has created its own variant, some better than others. Here are a few of the best places we’d suggest to grab one, restaurant or takeaway.

The Buck, Great Ayton

Located on the picturesque banks of the River Leven in the beautiful village of Great Ayton, The Buck is a country pub steeped in history. You can choose from a chicken, pork or vegetarian option or load up your parmo and make it a hotshot, meat feast or Italiano.

Don’t forget to walk it off by the river, then grab a famous Suggitt’s Ice Cream if you have room.

The Buck Parmo

Central Park, Middlesbrough

Directly facing the northern entrance to Albert Park is the renowned Middlesbrough restaurant Central Park.

Central Park has been a favourite amongst locals since 1979, with an extensive menu that usually ends with the diner ordering a parmo. You’ll get a choice of chunky chips, skinny fries or roasties – pick the roasties!

Manjaros, Middlesbrough

Manjaros cuisine is based on a fusion of African cuisine and Caribbean delights and their Parmos are arguably one of the best in Middlesbrough. You can choose from numerous toppings, including a hot shot, tandoori, good old plain and much more. Pair your Parmo with a good helping of their signature Manjaros sauce and you will be in for a treat. They also offer 10% student discount too, so make sure you remember to show your student ID at the checkout.

The Masham, Stockton

Located in the centre of Hartburn Village, The Masham is a small terraced pub in the centre of Hartburn Village. Full of character and atmosphere, it has been run as a small family business by The Eddy Family for the last twenty years.

For £15.45 you’ll get a delicious chicken parmo with chips and salad. Gluten-free options are available too! You can also tickle your tastebuds with the dessert menu afterwards which offers sticky toffee pudding, cookie dough, white chocolate cheesecake and more!

Larry’s Lanes, Hartlepool 

Situated near the beachfront, Larry’s Lanes is the ultimate destination for fun and flavour in Hartlepool. A bowling experience like no other, but it’s not all about strikes and spares, after a thrilling game satisfy your appetite with a mouth-watering Parmo which comes in its original form or you can also enjoy it in a wrap or bun! They also offer a selection of cocktails, wines, beers and soft drinks. You are just a stone’s throw away from taking a walk on the beach or promenade and capturing some great views of the sea. A must-visit if you’re looking for fun things to do in the North East.

Photo Credit: Larry Lane’s Instagram

Whinstone View, Great Ayton

Head up Roseberry Topping for a hike and get amazing views across Teesside and then walk back down and go to Whinstone View’s bistro for a tasty chicken Parmo. Located close to the iconic Roseberry Topping, Whinstone View is a charming country bistro where you can enjoy delicious food and drink, and the scenic countryside views.

Whinstone View offers the classic chicken Parmo with hand-cut chips, salad and garlic mayo. You can also make it hotshot if you want some spice.

The Mill, Stokesley

The Mill is a great little pub in Stokesley that serves up Yorkshire comfort food and pub classics. It’s now part of a bigger group of venues in Stokesley, with its sister venue Il Mulino just around the corner which serves up Italian cuisine.

There’s plenty of variety, whether you just fancy an original parmo, hot shot, with garlic mushrooms, salt and pepper, or even black pudding, a parmo at The Mill is not to be missed.

The Oven, Middlesbrough

In walking distance from the University, The Oven is a family-run independent restaurant, located on Linthorpe Road in the heart of Middlesbrough. It’s got a whole parmo menu including an Italian parmo, Tex Mex, New York Deli and more!