I'm not really a meat eater.
Most of the time,
I stick to veggies...
unless it's exceptionally delicious meat.
Like boeuf bourgignon at a favorite French restaurant
or pork barbecue sandwiches when I'm in the South...
or Chick-fil-A nuggets by the handful because they are goooood.
We don't really eat at ton of red meat,
so we save our burger splurges
for the best...
which means we don't eat them in England.
Burgers in England are gross.
I hate to be a downer, but it's just true.
They're nasty (in my Texan snob opinion)
for two reasons:
1. The cows are grass-fed and it makes the beef taste weird.
2. They use breadcrumbs in the patties so it makes them have
a weird, meatloaf-y consistency.
Now, a year ago,
I could have written off this entire
soggy island and it's soggy burger patties...
but I actually, have to allow for a few exceptions.
Now that the US darlings Shack Shake & Five Guys
have come to town,
it is possible to get a good burger...
AND because Honest Burgers is here.
Since they are British and have created a good burger,
they get an extra gold star.
There are a few locations,
but we go to the one in Notting Hill
on Portobello Road
They offer a really simple menu,
but it's a good one.
Go with the Honest burger (bacon, cheddar, carmelised onion relish)
+ homemade fries with rosemary salt.
Once your tummy starts protruding
with a burger pooch,
you'll singing John Cougar Mellancamp
and swearing to yourself that you were
back in the good ole US of A.
(Except you actually won't be... so don't sing... Just hum.)
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189 Portobello Road
London W11 2ED
+44 (0) 7229 4978
(Other locations available here.)
*photography by Noah Darnell