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4 Broadway Chambers
Since launching its original American BBQ joint in Soho in 2002, Bodean’s has grown and fans have come to associate its distinctive pink-neon pig sign with inexpensive down-home fun. Most of restaurants do both table service and take-out options, with the full selection of ribs, burgers, dogs and steaks to eat in, plus the addition of deli sandwiches (pastrami on rye, turkey BLT, et al) to go. Specialities from the smoke pits include whole slabs of baby back ribs, burnt ends and BBQ chicken. If you’re really hungry, go the whole ‘boss hog’ – a mighty plateful of ‘Jacob’s ladder’ beef rib, burnt ends, pulled pork, ribs, chicken thighs and smoked sausages for two, washed down with American beers and cocktails. Good deals abound, including movie and meal packages, loyalty cards and American sports nights.
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4 Broadway Chambers
020 7610 0440
Fulham Broadway Tube Station 18m
Fulham Broadway Station 260m
Vue Cinema Fulham Broadway 135m
Dance Attic 290m
Mon-Thurs 6-11pm Fri-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 3
Poor service, greasy food and watered down APPLE JUICE masqerading as a “cocktail” (it didn't even contain alcohol!). In all fairness, this was what was offered on the GROUPON deal, so perhaps “normal” customers receive better fare. But that's really no excuse – yet another business that loves the Groupon marketing opportunity, but then can't – or won't – offer these customers what they've been promised.
I won't be back.
Food + drink: 0
As someone who has relatives in the South and has stayed there over several long vacations, I struggle to reconcile the food served here with anything recognisable in my experience. The water-logged nachos started the meal on a low point, and pulled pork, one of nature's most sublime, unhealthiest and delicious treats on the planet, was … well let me put it this way. I wouldn't allow the chef responsible to leave the kitchen unescorted if there were any good 'ol boys in the neighbourhood. Hurt would be involved. We sent several dishes back which were too cold or terribly cooked to be fit for consumption by anyone, even under the influence of direct transfusions of Jack Daniels.
Food + drink: 4
After too much fancy food you get a yearning for something basic, something you can grab in your hands and bite down into, something seared, a bit sweet, a bit burned, laced with mustard or ketchup, something that dribbles down your chin when you eat it. When you're in that sort of mood Bodean's is the best place to head for.
Bodean's isn't a place you linger or admire although the low lighting, dark wood banquettes and decorative American ephemera are welcoming enough. It's an honest, if slightly gaudy, eatery, great for kids and grabbing a bite before a film, or for diving into as a gang when you've been out all day and are starving. The food is straightforward and the ribs you had last week will be the same as the ribs you have this week – up market fast food with decent meat, cold beer (good US beers on tap, no less) and cheery service. The ribs are, by the way, excellent in an American way, ie slightly sweet, fall off the bone tender. Tuck that bib in and get sucking! Don't be put off by the high price on this review; it's not the sort of joint you sit down for three courses, and given the lavish portion sizes you're more likely to duck in for a main (around £10-12) and a couple of beers, making for a much more mangable spend.
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