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Following the success of its Covent Garden restaurant, Joe’s Southern Table has now brought its bold, belly-filling US food to Kentish Town. Leave your diet at the door, as executive chef Trevor Tobin’s menu is old-school Deep South: the likes of sweet tea-brined fried chicken served with fresh watermelon (a Southern tradition, apparently), gooey corn bread, luminous mac & cheese and surprisingly succulent roast beef short-rib meat loaf. We recommend saving room for dessert (not easy), as the peanut butter fudge pie with Chantilly cream is one of the best puddings you’ll find in NW5. The look here narrowly escapes entering diner territory, instead conjuring up a hint of Americana with a modern bistro edge, by means of scarlet leather banquettes, exposed brickwork and the odd vintage sign. Afterwards, make a night of it by popping down to the basement sister bar, Jailbird, for a bourbon cocktail.
It’s strange, really. The USA is famed for the awfulness of its cuisine – second only to Germany and possibly our own dear little isle – but stateside-style diners are by far and away the most popular and talked-about restaurants in town. American imports are making their way onto London’s food scene as though on a conveyor belt, well-greased by Brits’ enthusiasm for food that makes mouths water and arteries go clang. But it can be hard to separate the good from the grim, as I discovered last year when I bit into a leg-shaped piece of searing, pre-frozen fat from an American restaurant in Farringdon, which shall remain...
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Kentish Town just gets better and better. In a matter of months, KT has thrown its proverbial hat into the proverbial ring and tempted Londoners up from far and wide. With Nowhere Special and Ladies & Gents literally a stones throw away, enter Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar to fulfil all your southern fried needs. Don't go here on a full stomach, or even a half full stomach. In fact, you might want to not eat for a couple of days before hand .. in true American style, these guys know how to eat!On offer is a menu bursting with 'southern fried bird' (I'm going to take a wild guess and say chicken), mac 'n'...
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Spread over two floors in the heart of the increasingly trendy Kentish Town, the new Joe’s offers a hungry North London audience its trademark succulent fried chicken, belly-filling American dishes.This is the second Joe’s Southern Kitchen site from the long established Maxwells Restaurant Group. Back in the early 1970s, when it was practically impossible to find a decent burger or grill in London, Brian Stein opened Maxwell’s Hampstead – a huge success. In the 1980s, Maxwell’s moved to the West End, and the group expanded in Covent Garden and beyond, now boasting eight venues, including Café De Paris, PJ’s...
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A few months ago the Deep South-inspired restaurant Joe's Southern Kitchen in Covent Garden opened a second branch in Kentish Town. I went for dinner to sample some of the nicest, naughtiest American food (slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken and hot dogs: the works) I’ve had in London. The new outpost is spread over two floors of a former police station with a 90-cover restaurant on the ground floor and a basement bar for pre/post-dinner cocktails. The décor is cool and industrial (exposed bricks, leather seating and neon signs), the service friendly and - as you’d expect from a place serving hearty comfort...
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Joe’s Southern Kitchen has a new outpost! Not content with just having their central Covent Garden location, they have ventured a little further north to Kentish Town. We were lucky enough to be invited along for a sneaky peak (and a belly-busting preview meal) only a day after its official opening.The new branch’s position is great, a mere 30 second walk from Kentish Town overground/underground station. This part of north London is Saff’s old stomping ground, she lived up the road in Tufnell Park before I made a (not so) honest woman of her and moved her down to Kent. And not even a good part of Kent, sorry...
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I went for a catch-up with my pal two days after the soft launch ended so it had only been open a week or so. Presumably down to teething issues, service was ever so slightly slower than one would hope, but not enough to get your dungarees in a twist. Staff were very friendly and helpful with ordering.We started with a simple but moreish artichoke, spinach and cheddar dip then went on to share half a crispy southern fried bird that had apparently been brined in sweet tea for a whole day and then sprinkled with lemon dust. Not only was it finger-lickin’ good, but boy was there a lot of it. The menu says it...
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I had previously thought that Southern Joe’s in Covent Garden was a tourist trap whenever I walked past. I am fairly quick to distrust anything in central London that looks like it’s for tourists – overpriced! No good! But had I actually tried Southern Joe’s? Nope -course not. So when I was invited to SJ’s press dinner for the Kentish Town site, I decided it was time I got involved (read: proved wrong).SJ’s serves American food from the south – think fried chicken and waffles, grits and mac ‘n’ cheese. All that good stuff that is pretty ubiquitous on the London food scene right now (and, for the record,...
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