London constantly sees new cocktail lounges, underground speakeasies, tapas bars, fine dining restaurants, roof terraces and gastropubs launching.
But what if one day you’re just, like, really hungry?
To coin a cowboy phrase, “it don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep”, which is most probably why you’ll enjoy the idea of saddling up, putting on a bib and heading to Hoxton and the Red Dog Saloon.
Taking the reins from the Big Easy, London’s most established BBQ joint, Red Dog Saloon opened its doors to the public during the summer of 2011 and quickly became a firm favourite.
Decked out with dark cracked leather booths, water buffalo skulls on the walls and a terrace overlooking Hoxton Square, the Red Dog’s culinary inspiration comes – perhaps not surprisingly – from the deep south, where cooks learned to slow roast cuts of meat over fire pits to make them tender.
Having imported the UK’s only “World Championship award-winning” smoker from the US in order to recreate this cooking process, there’s a distinctive smoky taste to the meat that they serve.
The drinks menu includes a fairly wide range of US beers, from Brooklyn Lager to Chicago’s Goose Island Honkers, and a selection of margaritas. But the food’s why you’ll come: everything from Buffalo Wings, Mac and Cheese and St Louis Cut Ribs, to sandwiches like the Philly Cheesecake and a range of burgers ground fresh each day from 100% Chuck Steak.
Desserts – and yes, you’ll make room – include the Brownie: a rich, dense chocolate brownie served with a scoop of vanilla, and the House Sundae: 3 scoops of your choice, whipped cream, roasted nuts and hot fudge sauce.
“Don’t worry about bitin’ off more’n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger’n you think”.
Another Cowboy phrase. Possibly.
NOTE: The Red Dog Saloon is open weekdays from noon and weekends from 10am (and stays open till midnight Thurs-Sat). You can find out more, and book a table, right HERE.
Red Dog Saloon | 37 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN
Wondering what’s in the basement? Why, that’s Louie’s – another eatery dedicated entirely to Nashville hot chicken.
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