A bit of Awesome Americana in the middle of North East London.
It's probably the last place in London you'd expect to have an american style diner but there it in.. in the middle of Southgate. With bright red diner style booths and rock & roll deco all that it's missing is a juke box.
In terms of food and drinks.. I'd highly recommend their back back ribs.. you have a choice of 3 sauces: Brook's BBQ, Brook's Texas Spicy or Jack Daniels BBQ sauce. The ribs are amazingly tender and the meat came straight off the bones.. so no problems if you prefer knives & forks. But of course to truly enjoy baby back ribs you have to dive right in with your fingers. Oh yes they also serve soda floats (or spiders as some people call it) that brought me right back to my childhood days.
Ok, so it may be a bit out of the way, but if you do live in North London and you are nearby Do give it a try I've been back there a few times already As Fat-Bast**d said in Austin Powers: Baby back, baby back, baby back RIBS!. Now get in to my BEL-LY!
Used taste card here so had 50% off- I'd need more of a discount to go back.
The menu was dirty and ripped which annoyed me instantly, but that's just a gripe of mine.
For starter we ordered 'inferno wings' which were pretty dreadful. They were deep fried tiny winglets, with a pretty basic sweet chilli sauce on- not hot or fresh at all. Massive disappointment. I really dont understand why restaurants market something then try and fob you off with rubbish.
The ribs for main were fine, nothing to shout about.
Ate there for 1st time yesterday with family and think all the food is frozen even the burger buns. The shakes were served in a smallish glass at a huge price and were not even as good as MacDonalds shakes, which are only ok. Didn't realise the ketchup was not Heinz (previous reviewer) but not surprised at all. The place doesn't compare to anywhere in the US, certainly not the food or the type of service, perhaps maybe the booth seating only reminded me of the US. The food was very average, but the ribs looked good, so maybe should have ordered them. But too late now cause we won't be returning.
I live only a short drive away, and passthis restaurant on my way home as I drive through Southgate at night. So i was thinking it would be an idea to stop there last month as my wife and kids were away. I'd been thinking of going for two reasons really. To find out if it was as bad as some have said and also because someone made a comment here about supporting a local business, which somewhat aggravated me a little, because to be supported, you need to offer a good experience that will help make people decide to support you. No one owes you something because you are local. Anyway I can say that once I'd been in there, I think they get everything they deserve in terms of reviews. As for me I discovered for myself their poor food and bad service. I'm of Sicilian descent and know how good quality pasta should taste. The only way i want to see this place again is from my rear view mirror as I drive past next time. I would speak of all the dishes I had, but in truth why bother. So that the owner can post something rude and sarcastic about my knowledge of pasta? No thanks, I'm worth more and my palate will be the judge of what's good and what isnt. My feet wont darken their door again. Poor food and bad service. Also worth mention are the two local places I regularly go to. One is Turkish and one Indian. Both greet you warmly from the start and as you get to know them they become warmer. Both treat you like you matter even though I've only been no more than six times. That is service with a smile. Brooks just sneer at you at best.
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