American Independence Day is celebrated in the USA as the day our American cousins official split from British rule on July the 4th 1776. Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, is a traditional North American holiday originating from the time of harvest. Superbowl Sunday is the final championship game of the National Football League and is known as the most watched TV event in the US. Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Superbowl Sunday: three dates in the year when London gets all gosh darn American. Yet, with so many quality American diner bars, restaurants and steakhouses, London could be mistaken for a home away from home for our Transatlantic guests. Yeehaa!
Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar
Kentish Town / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar brings the authentic American taste of the South to Kentish Town. Joe's offers succulent fried chicken, belly-filling American dishes and heady cocktails. Spread over two floors and occupying the former site of Kentish Canteen, Joe's features a ground floor restaurant and outside BBQ and dining space, along with a basement bar called Jailbird. With sleek interiors that tap into classic Americana but with a modern urban edge, this restaurant mixes raw exposed brickwork with parquet-topped tables and scarlet leather banquette seating.
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
The crew behind Polpo restaurant come up trumps once again. This little restaurant in Soho is bursting with downtown Manhattan inspired tapas and punchy cocktails. Ask the barman to order for you and expect plates loaded with mac and cheese, moorish grits, truffled egg toast and meatball sliders. Take a pew around the bar (they don't do tables or reservations) and you'll soon forget you're not Stateside.
Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crabshack
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Big Easy Covent Garden has a big emphasis on real home-smoked BBQ, daily offers, great lobsters and steaks. Meats are freshly smoked on the premises. Located just off the piazza, the impressive former electrical substation and powerhouse with its theatre style kitchen and wall of fire offer a large slice of that easy-going living with nightly live music. The 30 foot main bar as well as the more intimate and stylish cocktail bar provide much-loved choice for millions of Londoners and a fair few home-sick yanks.
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Seafood
Inspired by the much-loved 1994 film Forrest Gump, the Southern USA-influenced menu features shrimp in over 20 ways, including Mama Blue's Southern charmed fried shrimp, dumb luck coconut shrimp, and Shrimper's Heaven. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company has great appeal to families and all seafood fans. Feel like you're on the set as the 400 seat restaurant and bar is decorated with glorious memorabilia from the film and charming vintage items on every wall and shelf. Groups and parties will even be able to step inside The Gump House, set in the centre of the restaurant.
Dirty Bones Kensington
Kensington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
This place operates as a traditional hot dog stand throughout the day, and by night the venue reveals a quirky twist. The menu, created by Group Creative Development Chef, Ross Clarke (previously at the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen), features a selection of playful takes on the classic American snack, using only the highest quality British sausage meat, and Dirty Bones own recipes. The Dirty Bones concept has been developed by Rock E VC, a private fund set up to create exciting hospitality concepts and invests in young talent across the hospitality sector.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Delancey&Co is a slick salt beef and smoked salmon bar, where New York tradition meets London style. Delancey&Co takes its inspiration from the famed deli bars of Lower East Side New York, such as Katz's Delicatessen and Russ & Daughters, but modernises the approach by bringing the salt-beef bar concept into the 21st century. A first for the capital, Delancey&Co gives diners the chance to eat in or take away piled-high salt beef sandwiches, smoked salmon bagels and a few NYC-Jewish inspired delicacies, but in modern diner-style interiors.
The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: American
This late night bar and restaurant in Shoreditch has an array of live music every night, all with a rock, roll, soul and blues tinge. Leather jackets and tattoos are almost mandatory. With such a deep connection with gee-taar music, it's no surprise that the food menu is classic USA all the way. The mainly southern soul food includes the likes of Cajun popcorn squid, smoked ox cheek nuggets, chargrilled shrimp jambalaya, St Louis pork rib, BBQ beef brisket, and classic burgers. For dessert: a deep fried Oreo cookie donut, of course! On the booze side, expect craft beers, small batch Tennessee whiskey, and Kentucky bourbon. God bless America! Download
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Porky's bbq BOXPARK features authentic Memphis-style meats and smokin' hot soul food together with Americana-inspired cocktails. There's also an impressive range of bourbons, rye whiskies and craft beers, all served up to a playlist of country, blues and rock 'n' roll music. Porky's takes up four interconnecting containers featuring two separate entrances, one leading to the restaurant and bar, with a separate takeaway counter at the opposite end.
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Boneyard defines a type of venue for Shoreditch's eclectic food scene within an industrial US inspired interior. The space reflects the area's dynamic energy and atmosphere by serving delicious food and slushies from morning until late. Within the walls of the old petrol station on Shoreditch High Street, diners enter through a heavy black door and become immersed in a bustling atmosphere. Guests can be found inside and out feasting on buttermilk fried chicken, American smoked ribs, tater tots and burgers.
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