Being ‘stranded’ in London offers no serious hardship on the culinary front to an American expat. All one needs is to be brave enough to explore. Several London establishments have a strong American sensation in experience and food. If you’re from the other side of the Atlantic and miss home, here are a few places that should make you feel a little bit less homesick.
Reminiscent of places like Morton’s or Smith & Wollensky in Manhattan, it is unique in offering well-aged porterhouse steaks in larger sizes, which can be shared among several diners. American steakhouses are to die for, with huge slabs of meat and incredible side dishes. The ultimate US steakhouse experience in London.
Burger and Lobster
With a menu limited to just three main courses – a grilled or steamed lobster, a lobster roll or a burger – this chain certainly brings the best of New-England-style rolls to London. With a rich sauce soaking the big lobster chunks in a fried brioche bun, the sandwich comes with a side of fries and salad and makes for a filling meal; perfect for both fish and meat lovers.
Not many places in London live up to the NYC deli experience, but The Counter at The Delaunay comes pretty darn close. The chopped chicken roll is stunning, and its other hot sandwiches and chicken noodle soup are simply delicious, too. A bit pricey, but certainly worth it, and definitely American in feel.
Red Dog Saloon
With a Man Vs Food challenge, all the dishes on the menu here are reminiscent of any good chain in the USA. With burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, ribs and Mac n Cheese, as well as hot (and extra hot) chicken wings, Red Dog in Hoxton Square will fill your cravings and transport you far away from London.
For those familiar with Williamsburg or the ‘Drag’ in Austin, Texas, Brick Lane offers more than food. Look no further for vintage stores, bagels and doughnuts, street art and an altogether hipster vibe. With coffee shops like Full Stop decorated in 1960s furniture and selling butternut squash soup, second-hand clothes shops brimming over with boots and jewellery, there is definitely something of Brooklyn about the area.
Soju Korean Kitchen
Any New Yorker knows that K Town is packed with cook-it-yourself Korean BBQ restaurants, cafes and supermarkets to satiate your kimchi and meat craving. While it might not be as popular here in London (yet), there are some pretty amazing Korean places to eat and Soju Kitchen is definitely one of them. Deep fried pork and beef with sweet and sour sauces, soups and seafood – whether you opt for a street dish or a more filling main course, head down if you’re in the mood for Asian.
Pizzeria & Canti Prosecco Bar at Harrods
Every good American lives on pizza and while there is no shortage of pizzerias in London, finding a top quality, authentic pizza can be a challenge. We highly recommend eating here as the menu is very limited and all ingredients are fresh, which means every dish they create is mouth-watering. With classic toppings and traditional wood ovens to cook the dough in, look no further for the king of all pizzas.
By Karen Shidlo
See also: Best Souther-style food, including Anna Mae’s, Beard to Tail, Pitt Cue Co, Dukes Brew and Que, Joe’s, Mother Clucker and Big Easy.