Yesterday was messy. Very messy.
All we wanted to do was get into the foetal position and cry ourselves to sleep (exaggeration much?) this morning. Food is always the answer isn’t it?
On that note, Tess suggested we try this relatively new place Red Dog South in Clapham. Its sister restaurant in Hoxton has been getting some great reviews serving up American hickory smoked ribs and according to the website, the ‘best wings in London’. It’s also been the talk of the town for its American food challenges the most popular one being the ‘Devastator Challenge’ which is a burger stuffed with 18oz chuck steak, 200g pulled pork, 6 rashers applewood smoked bacon & 6 slices American cheese. Finish this beast in less than 10 minutes and you get the burger for free (normally costs £22.75) and they even throw in a free t-shirt.
I was not going to be trying any challenges out today. All I wanted was some nourishing greasy food (in relatively small portions). We kicked ourselves out of bed got there for about 12. Red Dog South is conveniently located less than a minute’s walk from the North Clapham tube stop.
Red Down South does look the part – it feels like you have walked into a BBQ venue right in the heart of Texas. It even smells the part (BBQ sauce and meat, if you are wondering). We decided to skip the wood cladden interiors for a table in the outside seating area. It was a glorious sunny day so why not?
Our waitress came over and handed us the menus and bought us some water – she knew we needed it! The menu is as American as it gets, complete with a section dedicated to southern fried chicken and chicken wings! They also have a very appetising brunch menu if you don’t fancy a burger or chicken wings for breakfast.
There isn’t a better cure for a hangover than a well made Bloody Mary. Fact! Will smartly ordered one while were lured in by the Oreos milkshakes on the menu.
Seb and I decided to share the ‘Fully Loaded Breakfast Platter’ which came with French toast, whipped cream topped with blueberries, streaky bacon, sausages, four eggs and a massive portion of hash browns. Definitely American portion sizes here!
I really enjoyed the sausages and the perfectly done French toast but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the bacon or the potato. It was exactly what I needed – greasy good food to wake me up.
Tess and Holly decided to skip the brunch menu and went for a burger instead. They asked for the Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger – a fat and juicy 60z beef burger topped with stilton, red onion chutney and applewood smoked bacon. Yum!
Again this was a massive burger keeping in tune with the American theme here. Tess definitely struggled biting into this monster. It was a pretty good burger dripping with blue cheese and topped with some really crispy bacon. Definitely did the job.
Will ordered the Bar-B-Q Burger which was a beef burger complete with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese all topped off with some onion rings. Again a pretty standard well done burger. I really like the burgers here, they are pretty massive but you can still comfortably eat them with your hands.
We also ordered a portion of French Fries for the table. They were well done but were as bland as the fires you get in McDonalds. This wouldn’t have usually been an issue if was in McDonalds but I do expect better fries from Red Dog especially for £2.95.
Thankfully, the sauces at Red Dog made the fires a lot more bearable. My favourite was the Sweet and Spicy sauce. I could have easily had the whole bottle. I must admit, I was tempted to take the bottle home!
The food was exactly what we needed to wake us all up. We soaked up all the sun we could get and decided to head back home and crawl into bed. It was time to sleep away this hangover.
So what did I think of Red Dog South? It does what it says on the tin – all American BBQ style menu served up in an all American setting! Service is slightly rusty, but this might be down to this restaurant being pretty new. But overall, I think this place works. Red Down South is bound to be popular with the young trendy people of Clapham. I am definitely going to be back to try the Devastator Challenge.