Finding London's best American food for delivery. In partnership with Deliveroo.
Want a taste of the American dream without leaving your sofa? Thankfully we live in a miraculous age where the best ribs this side of the Rockies are yours at the tap of a smartphone.
Gathered up here is our take on the best there is in London -- the shakes, burgers, hot dogs and chilli cheese fries making Americana great again.
These doughnuts are worth crossing town for, but it's even better now you don't have to. If you live or work near one of their delivery locations, somewhere between the Classics and the Seasonal Specials is the doughnut of your dreams.
Of the former, the Peanut Butter Berry is the star, a square slab of the American dream topped with peanut butter icing, berry compote and nuts.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following locations. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Brick Lane | Deliveroo now from Nine Elms | Deliveroo now from Soho | Deliveroo now from Spitalfields
This American chain describes its menu as "NYC comfort food", and, yeah -- beef short rib covered in sticky barbeque and burned onion sauce, hot wings, burgers stacked high with treacle bacon and their signature ribs... If "NYC" is code for "extremely meaty and enormously sticky" then that sounds about right.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following locations. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Blackwall | Deliveroo now from Holland Park | Deliveroo now from Soho
Hot dogs aren't that hard to come by in London, but ones as good as this Goodge Street restaurant serves are still a rarity to be cherished -- stickily. It's a single-item restaurant -- well, dual-item if you count champagne, the other half of the Bubbledogs manifesto. And the intensity of focus on the humble dog has led to variations as deluxe and truffle-oiled, chilli-topped or barbeque sauce-covered as you could hope for.
For an entirely American dog experience, order the Mac Daddy Dog -- mac and cheese, hot dog and bacon -- or the New Yorker Dog with sauerkraut and onions. And champagne. Because that's just how they roll at Bubbledogs.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Fitzrovia
Meat & Shake
This Tooting burger restaurant offers a long delivery menu ranging from the classics to some less common combinations that aren't for burger purists -- with fillings including curried chicken, nachos, pineapple salsa and alfalfa sprouts (not all together!). For our money, the ones with chilli or chipotle twists -- like the Luchador, a burger topped with salsa, beef chilli, cheese and jalapeños -- are the winners. Or, controversially, forsake the burgers for the filthy caress of the Dirty Dog, topped with chilli, mustard and cheese.
That's the meat sorted. On the shake front, keep watch for the occasional specials. Peanut Butter & Brownie, or Cherry Chocolate? These milkshakes should bring everybody to the yard.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Tooting
So simple but so right. On paper, a toasted cheese restaurant is the sort of thing your grandmother reads about, horrified that Londoners will fork out £4 upwards for glorified cheddar on bread.
But try one of these toasties in all its thick, melted beauty and it's hard not to think of Melt Room as less glorified, more just outright glorious. That's true for both the classic cheese and the specials -- we're into the Salted Beef, with pickles, mustard and cheddar and the pulled pork shoulder sandwich, with cheddar, mustard, ale and apple chutney and a large dose of swagger. For those who need all their meals and all their courses to be supplied by Melt Room -- and we don't know if we can blame you -- they offer breakfast specials to brighten your weekday morning, and dessert options like the Nutella and mascarpone toasted sandwich.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Soho
Liberty Cheesesteak Company
There’s only one really great cheesesteak in London and that’s from The Liberty Cheesesteak Company where you can get your teeth into authentic Philly-style (definitely no peppers) soft sub rolls, thinly sliced rib eye and Cheez Whiz for the brave (always get the Cheese Whiz). It's so good it made it onto the list of our 100 favourite sandwiches in London.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Spitalfields
The Soho outpost of Bukowski Grill has a lunch menu now. Unsurprisingly for Bukowski, it's heavy on meat -- though a bean and butternut vegetarian burger makes a cameo -- featuring a range of burgers and chips, which from Monday until Friday will set you back between about £6 and £8.
So if you work in the area, that's a cheaper-than-average way to get some really above-average burger into your lunch hour. But the mains and milkshakes sections are where the stakes are really raised. Order the beef short rib, cooked for 72 hours and delivered with a heap of tobacco onions, with a stack of puck nuggets -- pork and duck nuggets with Korean sauce -- or chilli cheese fries on the side. Wash it down with a chocolate or peanut butter milkshake and spend the rest of the day or night jacked up on a dizzying meat, cheese and chocolate high.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Soho | Deliveroo now from Soho (breakfast)
The Mac Factory
These canny people have based their entire menu on variations on mac and cheese -- classic comfort food, and theirs is particularly good. You'll find it sprinkled with Cajun spices, drizzled with truffle oil or punctuated with fire-roasted peppers, and topped with parmesan, thyme and sourdough crumbs.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Euston
This Kentish Town restaurant is a mix of burgers, stews, steaks, sausages, grilled fish... all the good stuff. If you wanted to give it a corner of America to belong to you could point to the beans-and-roasted-hog stews or the venison, chestnuts and seasoned potatoes everywhere and call it Southern. The menu does read like a chapter of Cold Mountain -- that has to be untold points in its favour, right? -- but there are enough modern touches to please anybody after a roasted chicken leg, a rocket salad and a good wine list. Though if you can really bring yourself not to order Hog on Fire or Feast Stew, you're stronger than we are.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Kentish Town
Beer + Burger
Honestly. We know this is a big claim, but we also know, in our souls, that the burgers at this Willesden Green restaurant are the best in London. If you live in its delivery zone and can order one of the Bacon Cheeseburgers, side of fries, couple of rough-edged, gloweringly dark ales or summer-bright IPAs whenever you like -- then you, my friend, are the only person in the world allowed to use #blessed unironically.
These guys use two patties in each burger -- which cook through faster than a thick wedge of burger, keeping them tender on the outside. Burgers are covered in cheese, "goop" (their signature, sticky sauce), and a high pickle presence that'll ruin you for all other burgers. Treat the Double Cheeseburger with reverence and caution -- it's four patties, double everything and 100% certainty you'll want to be horizontal on a sofa afterwards.
Available to order on Deliveroo from the following location. Please follow location for menu.Deliveroo now from Brondesbury
Alternative American food choices
Other places popular on Deliveroo and ready to rush sticky ribs, burgers or cornbread to your front door are Joe's Southern Table near Kentish Town or Covent Garden, Lucky 7 in Westbourne, and Chicago Rib Shack in Clapham, Camden and further locations. And — of course — Byron Burgers, with branches across London including Westbourne, Clapham, Chiswick and Highbury.