A cluck and a half
Kentish Town just gets better and better. In a matter of months, KT has thrown its proverbial hat into the proverbial ring and tempted Londoners up from far and wide. With Nowhere Special and Ladies & Gents literally a stones throw away, enter Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar to fulfil all your southern fried needs. Don't go here on a full stomach, or even a half full stomach. In fact, you might want to not eat for a couple of days before hand .. in true American style, these guys know how to eat!
On offer is a menu bursting with 'southern fried bird' (I'm going to take a wild guess and say chicken), mac 'n' cheese, ribs, burgers, a ton of twisty fun sides and a cocktail overflowing bar.
Buns for the table (ehem, scones) were first to arrive, with clotted cream and red Leicester cheese. An interesting twist on the bread offering presented pre-feast. Tasty but very filling and perhaps better suited half the size and accompanying an earl grey martini?!
We settled down to a particularly insane table of food. Insane, mostly because of the gargantuan proportions. Time to loosen the belt and unbutton the jeans, walking out of the place was looking less and less likely as more and more plates wedged themselves in.
'Devilled Eggs' with chicken skin mayonnaise were a new experience for me and the playful yolk reworking was a great way of transforming an egg.
'Deep Fried Short Rib Meat Loaf' arrived piled with red onion jam, a poached egg and 'dijonnaise'.
Four cheese mac 'n' cheese with curly whirly pasta - with a bit more biscuity crust, this one would be a winner.
The 'Southern Fried Bird' was a lovely combination of tender and crispiness with a lemony tang and arrived with waffles and maple syrup to drench. Hotbox convinced me of the pairing but as yet, still remains unbeaten in my waffle league. Joe's is hot on it's heels but need a little more pillowy action to the waffle.
The interior stays true to the American South theme (and their sister restaurant over in Covent garden). Red leather, booths, neon Cola signage, lively atmosphere but with the addition of chickens. Lots and lots of chickens. Oh and this guy!
My dessert winner of the night was the nostalgic crunchie bar honeycomb and chocolate triangles (although I had totally misjudged the size of my stomach (usually pretty reliable) and only managed a taste as opposed to an inhalation of the dish).
Joe's is a great spot to head with a gang of friends before rolling yourselves over to one of the superb bars nearby. It has 90 covers but will be buzzing and busy so book yourself a long table and get feasting!