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10 Poland Street
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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10 Poland Street
020 7287 7575
Oxford Circus Tube Station 308m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 349m
Oxford Street Youth Hostel 105m
Marks & Spencer Pantheon (Oxford Street) 109m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 5
My friend and I went yesterday for a late lunch, the food was wonderful, we had the Bodeans Platter for 2. Excellent service, and would be very happy to spread the word.
Food + drink: 3
I loved Bodeans when it first came to town. The BBQ was always excellent, with some of the best ribs I have EVER had in this country. Over the years, I have seen a decline in the quality and ingredient use which is terribly disappointing and there was one occasion where I ordered a delivery of food from my local Bodeans and it was absolutely awful. On this occasion, 4 of us headed to the Soho branch and despite not taking bookings, the manager was incredibly accommodating of a back injury I had and reserved a nice booth for us to ensure we had a table on arrival. The basement dining room is incredibly dark and a little dingy, with bizarre tartan carpetting and wooden panels. TV screens show American football, baseball and whatever US sporting events that were taking place.
I ordered a half rack of baby back ribs and a half portion of spare ribs. To my disappointment, the spare ribs were a little dry and not as gloriously meaty and fatty as they once were. The baby back ribs were still very good and next time I dine here, that is what I would stick to ordering. My friends chose a selection of side dishes included pulled pork, cornbread muffins and creamed corn. The creamed corn, although tasty and homemade, lacked any kind of seasoning but the cornbread muffins were light and sweet and really very good. I didn't try the pulled pork but my 3 fellow diners were cooing over how delicious it was so I can't imagine it was anything less than superb.
Bodeans may not be what it used to but it is still a great place to head to for some fun and a few beers. Also great for kids too as they use proper ingredients in their cooking rather than the vile processed hideousness of places like TGI's and other dodgy American-themed chains.
Food + drink: 2
Three of us ate there last night and each ordered a different kind of ribs. All three portions arrived overcooked. It was as if- and this may be how they serve so quickly- that the food is prepared in advance and them simply warmed up when ordered. The bbq mayonaise was tasteless, even after adding hot sauce. The chips were good as was the cole slaw. But if you really want good bar b que- go half a block down the street to the Cattle Grid. They do their ribs to order and the sauce is memorable.
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