Nestled in the trendy but quiet De Beauvoir town, Duke’s Brew and Que is a rip-roaring American meat joint where anything sticky and to-pull-apart-with-fingers is on the menu. With their own home-smoked marinade, the ribs here have been described as the best this side of the American Deep South and the burgers are delectably good too.
Anyone who has been to virtually any of the Street Feasts will be fully aware of how epic Smokestak is. They draw you in with their massive steam-triain-esque smoker, peak your temptation with one of the most faultless menus around, lock you down with ribs large enough to weaponise and deliver pulled pork you wouldn’t want to share with your kids! Follow their website to see where they’ll be popping up next.
Hotbox is every meat lover’s dream. What was once a super-popular meaty pop-up now has permanency on Commercial Street. Expect short ribs, wagyu brisket, tacos, smoked mac 'n' cheese plus anything else you can waggle a meaty stick at. This is the type of place we absolutely adore at TTF – a must try for meat-lovers. On top of the meat offering, there will be a destination cocktail bar downstairs, called 46 and Mercy.
Serving up what is widely regarded as London's best ribs, The Rib Man is an absolute must-visit for all meat lovers. The ribs are slowly cooked for hours before opening, and served up in fresh, soft buns. If you like a bit of spice with your bite, try some of his aptly named 'Holy Fuck' sauce. The Rib Man is at Brick Lane Market every Sunday (follow the smell or watch out for hoards of people queuing up for some quality rib) and The Boleyn Tavern for every West Ham home game. Make sure you get there early - they almost always run out!!
This award winning meat eatery has been a favourite in Balham since opening its doors. A true nod to American BBQ cuisine, Cattle Grid have left absolutely no stone unturned in quest to bring you everything than can be fried, smoked, grilled or roasted. Succulent sandwiches, pulled pork, banging brunches, massive burgers, steak, shed loads of ribs and wings. You’re a meat eater, you live in or around Balham… you have no excuse!
The Pitt Cue Co’s one for the meat-lovers who don’t need much choice to get their fix. The restaurant only seats 30 so you’ll forgive them their very short menu, which in fairness does have daily specials and two types of burgers. Talking of burgers, they’re big here. Piled high and stuffed with ingredients - popular favourites if you can catch them are the brisket and bone marrow, and the pulled pork affairs for around the £6.50 mark. But they’re ever-changing, and that’s part of the fun. For those wanting just straight up straight down meat, there’s that option too and there are irresistible sides along for the ride too.
Though the Fulham outpost of one of London’s most recognisable meat eateries may be considered the baby of the family, this is only in size as it still packs a meaty punch just as mighty as its older siblings. Just a two-minute walk from Fulham Broadway, tucking into a massive rack of ribs may be the perfect way to remedy a long (and probably delay filled) battle with the district line after work. If you don’t want anyone to see you stuff your face, Bodean’s also has a takeout and delivery service – allowing you to pig-out in privacy.
The newest outpost from Hoxton Square stalwart, Red Dog brings its smoked-hickory BBQ style south of the river. This is a place to get your hands dirty with the best of them - two of the most popular items on the menu are, predictably, challenges that encourage you to devour as much sticky, meaty, smoky goodness as possible. Perhaps not one for a first date or those on a strict diet, you’ll find old favourites such as wings, ribs and fried chicken alongside whole joints of pork shoulder and Agwa mojitos so go on, roll up your sleeves and dive in.
Having cornered the world of surf with ‘fish and chip shop’ in Islington, Des Mcdonald turf with Camden’s Q Grill. Though many of your usual meat eateries subscribe to the ‘dirty-dining’ theme, Q Grill has more of an elegant touch. The sort of place you would visit with a similarly carnivorous date or celebrating a birthday. As well as serving the usual suspects (steak, burgers, ribs, chicken wings etc) you can also find some authentic American brunch cuisine such as waffles, eggs and pancakes.
It’s all about bbq and blues at this swinging American-style live music bar and restaurant. Think finger lickin’ ribs, lip smackin’ wings and live music that will have you feet tappin’ and your fingers clickin’ in no time. Brick clad and with a hint of gritty grime, we love feeling that little bit coyote ugly where we can have a swagger in our jeans and cowboy boots. It’s the place to visit to hear the up and coming jazz and blues bands of the hour so there’s no time like the present to get rockin’ and rolln’.
Following on the success of the original Islington branch, the guys behind Smokehouse, Islington, open up a West London branch. An absolute mecca for those who are fans of BBQ Cuisine, Smokehouse Chiswick, opens up in a cosy pub – providing you with the perfect setting for putting your feet up and nursing those meat sweats. The menu is one of the most mouth-watering you’re likely to find and the traditional British pub setting caps off an absolute super spot.
American through and through, Sticky Fingers salutes all that we’ve come to love about Southern America – the food, the booze and the music. Sticky Fingers was opened by legendary Billy Wyman in 1989 and has all but dominated the BBQ cuisine scene in Kensington for almost three decades. The walls are adorned with rock n roll memorabilia, which create the perfect back drop to huge burgers, steak, ribs, wings, mac n cheese and much much more.
We’ve said it before but it still stands: London’s having a big affair with America at the moment. Burgers to bones, hard shakes to hash browns, there’s no shortage to slake your lust - and if you’re a West Londoner, you won’t have to travel far. The menu is refreshingly short and to the point meaning you have more time to take in your surroundings and work out exactly what cactus salsa reminds you of. See if you can keep a straight face while you order some of their signature cocktails and if you’re planning on making a return visit, their Friend With Benefits card is well worth getting for helpful little discounts.
An absolute favourite amongst the East London Brick Laners, Caboose delivers some of London’s best and most sought after BBQ goodness in an incredibly cosy setting. As well as serving some of London’s finest, Caboose might also be one of the most best value for money eateries your likely to find. All dishes are well under £10 and the casual style of dining upholds the charm of street-food.
We love success stories here at TTF and The Joint is no exception. A burger joint that started life as a pop-up - perhaps no surprises there but it's the attention to the detail that keeps us coming back for more. The Asian burger's a great mouthful of pulled pork, ginger, spring onion and slaw while the beef lovers will enjoy the short rib burger with bacon relish served in a potato bun. It's a small place with long tables made for sharing, swapping and socialising with a little bit of outside space for the brave. Beer comes from the Brixton Brewery, cocktails are served in Kilners - this is one hip little joint well worth a visit.
For those that have been to Joe’s in Covent Garden, the opening of a second site was momentous news. Though there are many elements from the original Central London site, this branch has some signature touches such as the Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken (anyone who takes gourmet chicken seriously is a natural winner with us) as well as a few other surprises. Just like it’s older sister, there is an exciting and vibrant cocktail bar, Jailbird, where you can take on some cocktails, bourbon and good times.
Nestled in the trendy but quiet De Beauvoir town, Duke’s Brew and Que is a rip-roaring American meat joint where anything sticky and to-pull-apart-with-fingers is on the menu. With their own home-smoked marinade, the ribs here have been described as the best this side of the American Deep South and the burgers are delectably good too. There’s something about the naughtiness of a down and dirty American burger that can’t be matched, but if you’re after something fresher how about a quarter of a crisp iceberg lettuce drenched in ranch? Settle down with a local beer and old tunes spinning in the background, and be transported to the Bayou for just a little bit.
It seems there's no stopping the American invasion. Boneyard is Robert Newmark's third London product (following the hugely successful Beach Blanket Babylons and West Thirty Six), and it seems he hasn't lost his flair for delivering fantastic eateries with this American themed diner. As you can probably expect, the American ethos of 'big being better' is a theme here - with big burgers, finger-licking chicken, cocktails and probably London's best ribs.