‘Plate Emoji’: Boondocks

Website: http://boondocksldn.com/menu/
Closest Underground Station: Old Street
Cuisine: American
Price Range: ££

However much I like a restaurant, it’s not very common for me to visit it more than once or twice. This is based on the fact that I just want to try as much ‘new stuff’ as possible – especially in London. I have the memories of a brilliant dining experience to comfort me and I have the safety blanket of being able to return there if I ever need to … but I rarely do.

So the fact that I have been to Boondocks in Old Street literally  15+ times is not just unusual, it’s unprecedented.

It all started with the first restaurant in the group, Stax. Stax is a poky little place in Kingly Court (just off Carnaby Street) which took something very simple – the humble burger – and turned it into a flavour explosion. The only thing that was a slight turn off was sometimes having to wait around 2 hours to get a table (they don’t take reservations). Saying that, I always waited and I was never angry about it.

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When I heard that Stax was opening a much larger sister restaurant (Boondocks – where you could actually reserve tables), my heart sang, my belly jiggled and my mouth started to water.

Boondocks has many of the same classics as Stax, but it also has a much more expansive menu. The appetisers range from INCREDIBLE nachos to onion blossom and popcorn shrimp. The mains cover everything from burgers and fried chicken ‘n’ waffles, to Southern classics such as ‘The Blue Plate’ and more South American dishes like chilli. The sides you need to try are the Cajun fries, mac ‘n’ cheese and battered pickles.

 

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I want to talk about two dishes in more detail, if I may. You see this is a very passionate subject for me – this is my love letter to Boondocks.

 

Pictured on the left, we have the aforementioned ‘Blue Plate’. This contains a choice of fried steak or fried chicken (always go for the chicken), which is beautifully seasoned and crisp, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweetcorn and a delicious buttermilk biscuit. It’s a taste of the deep south without leaving London.

Pictured on the right is a little mama who did not come to play. One day, I couldn’t choose between fried chicken or a burger. So, I chose the Buffalo Monster Burger. Beef patty AND buffalo fried chicken. Plus I added extra beef bacon. HOLY HELL!

Last but not least,  let’s turn to the desserts. Having grown up watching American movies and TV, I had often wondered what it would actually feel like to construct and eat my very own S’more (chocolate and toasted marshmallow squished between two little biscuits). Well, Boondocks brings you your very own S’more kit (complete with bunsen burner) and now I have to wonder no more. S’mores are magical and delicious.

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If all of that wasn’t enough, I finally got around to having brunch at Boondocks a couple of weeks ago. They serve classics like Huevos Rancheros, as well as amazing American pancakes and waffles. I went for the ‘Bojangles’ which was a buttermilk biscuit filled with eggs, fried chicken and cheese (pictured below). It was definitely a heavy duty brunch and, while I still prefer their lunch/dinner menu, I would come back and order those delicious, fluffy pancakes next time.

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There are two other members in the Stax/Boondocks squad now – The Famous Flames and Butterscotch. I’ve yet to try either but if they’re anything like the other members of the family, I’m sure I’m missing out.

One final thing to mention is that Boondocks does occasionally put on events in the downstairs section of the restaurant. Last Christmas, Boondocks hosted a screening of Elf and your £20 ticket covered a seat for the movie plus a bouji school canteen style dinner (chilli cheese dogs, mac n cheese etc.) plus mulled wine and popcorn. Super cute!

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I literally have nothing bad to say about Boondocks. It’s heaven on earth and everyone should go; however, unlike me, please go in moderation. Boondocks people, if you’re reading this… I would love to be your poster girl.

Thanks for reading,

~ Plane Emoji

P.S. All of the meat is halal.

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