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34 King Street
020 7240 4008
CLOSES PERMANENTLY ON 8 APRIL 2018 TO BE REPLACED BY MAXWELL'S BAR & GRILL WHICH IS MOVING LOCATION. JOE'S SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR WILL REOPEN IN A NEW LOCATION THIS MAY
Previously Navajo Joe, this funky diner and bar brings a taste of America’s Deep South to Covent Garden – it also signals a new direction for the long-established Maxwells Group. Spread over three
floors of a converted warehouse, the interior is a mash-up of old-school Americana with an urban edge – think steel-topped tables, scarlet banquettes and vintage Coca Cola signs on the earthy brick
walls. Joe’s signature dish is smoky ‘beer can’ chicken carved at the table, but the menu offers a whole range of indulgent southern fare. Favourites on our recent visit included melting Montery
Jack rice balls (ask for extra mustard sauce), the generous Longhorn burger, and Oreo ice cream with hot fudge sauce. Crowd-pleasing cocktails, craft beers and a great Tequila list are further
pluses; while the downstairs bar is a popular spot for the after-work crowd and passing tourists to party.
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34 King Street
020 7240 4008
Covent Garden Tube Station 136m
Leicester Square Tube Station 345m
Africa Centre Theatre 35m
Covent Garden 106m
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Food + drink: 4
We had an early pre-theatre dinner . The place was buzzing , lively and noisy . The service was a little slow but very enthusiastic. The food was excellent, however the menu was a little limited. The jalapeño were lovely , but were very hot ! The short rib was heaven and big ! The cost was about what I expected to pay in the west end. I would recommend it and I will be going again !
Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar sits off Covent Garden, just yards from the natural amphitheater under the Punch & Judy pub balcony where twats who ‘found themselves at uni’ or failed art college and decide to become street performers are waiting for someone to give them their ‘big break’ or live set.
The restaurant has been around for a little while and is now a chain with a second site opening in Kentish Town.
As the name suggests the menu is based around dishes made famous in the Southern States of America. Push through the tourists, who don’t even realize they are getting robbed blind by both the juggler and his pickpocket mates, for a lunchtime meal and you will find quite a treat.
The long bar is a sight on its own with all sorts of alcoholic treats lining the shelves. Set over two floors, the shiny metal tables are close together along banquette seating and there is a buzz.
Old style tea-towels as serviettes, condiments pack the middle of the tables and proper serrated knives are begging for some fried chicken to chop.
The jug of water is free and on the table within moments of seating thanks to one of the many checked-shirted staff.
They are primed and ready for the lunchtime rush, and they cater for it excellently. The menu is decent and covers the bases of wings, shrimps, rice balls, catfish and gumbo.
But it is the Blue Plate Special (Monday to Friday 12pm to 4pm) that both myself and my lunch companion opt for.
At £10, a Southern Fried Chicken Meal with fries, chicken salt and BBQ pulled pork beans sounds like a bargain. Especially given our Central London location.
Chuck in the fact that it comes with a drink of choice, including beer and wine, and you are laughing.
An iced glass comes with my 3.30mls bottle of Sagres, (a little dear at £4.25 when not part of the offer) and hey, I was enjoying myself – “I wish the clown could see me now, prat.”
The minutes were easily still in single figures when our meals came out. And what a meal.
The chicken was huge, and succulent. You actually needed the serrated knife to portion off creamy slices. The lemon tang of the crispy outer coating kicked the arse out of the Colonel’s secret mix of herbs and spices.
The chips were crispy and perfectly cooked. It all seems so easy, but so many get it wrong.
Rather than a flavouring, the BBQ beans actually had lumps of pulled pork in it, something I did not expect. And were delicious.
I spent much of the time watching this busy and attentive staff presuming that this was probably how KFC started out. Before the straw towers were guarded by moped maestros and the family buckets doubled as a vomit receptacles.
My guest had two soft drinks and the staff did decide tphoto 1o use those two as the ‘drinks with the meal’ package rather than my beer, which was a little cheeky. And a 12.5% service charge never goes down too well.
But overall it was a great lunch. Filling, tasty and, for the West End, cheap. No wonder it was busy.
Perhaps the only think it was lacking was some live entertainment. Alas, nothing like that round there.
Food + drink: 5
Amazing food even though it probably wouldn't be a first choice for Vegetarians. I had the watermelon and peppered goats cheese salad and artichoke, spinach and cheese dip which was so yummy. My friend had the chicken wings and said they were the best he'd had.
Service was really friendly and would definitely recommend.
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