A new branch of the 'Kansas City BBQ' chain Bodean’s is set to bring the Mid-West to Muswell Hill this October, on the site that was formerly a Giraffe.
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“A nice, laid-back American buzz” has helped win a loyal following over the years for this small chain of Kansas City-style diners: one of the first in London to bring BBQ indoors. “It’s a fun place” (in the right mood) and the food is “decent” and in man-sized portions, but “not particularly special”.
“If you want a pile of BBQ meat, you won’t be disappointed” by these “laid back”, “typically American and un-subtle” Kansas City-style BBQs. “No frills”, “tender and tasty” food at “decent” prices has proved a recipe for longevity for the group, an early pioneer of London’s flesh-plus-fire dining scene. Top Tip: “the pulled pork and burnt ends combo is not to be sniffed at”.
These Kansas City-style BBQ joints were some of the first to mine the capital’s enthusiasm for Americana, and their “cookie-cutter feel” is arguably all part of the “fun”. The large, “all-American menu” seems to follow the principle of “pile it high and sell it cheap” – results are “decent, but not great”.
“A carnivore’s paradise”, these Kansas City-style BBQ joints have become a fixture after more than a decade in London, and they’re still “great fun” if “a tiny bit formulaic” – even those who say the food’s “only OK” say “it’ll win you over if you’re a meat-lover”.