Covent Garden's American Invasion
We’ve noticed something funny going on in Covent Garden recently and we’re not talking about the sunshine. For every corner we turn there’s a new restaurant in town, yet amongst all these new restaurants we’re pleased to see an influx of good old fashioned American burger joints.
As soon as you mention the B-word, ears prick up here at Ben Sherman. So, with much experience in this field (purely for research purposes of course) here is our pick of the best new places in town to get everyone’s favourite meat based fix.
Sprouting from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, Shake Shack was created by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) in the June 2004.
This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up the most delicious burgers, hot dogs and sides of their famous frozen custard. They even operate a custard menu, offering different flavours each day of the week. We’re warning you now you might be in for a wait – we recommend heading down at 11am to beat the queues, if anyone looks at you funny tell them we sent you.
Opening within the same 24 hours as Shake Shack less than 400 metres around the corner, you could say the burger battle was officially on.
Five Guys has been a Washington, DC favourite since 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered sage advice to the four young Murrell brothers: "Start a business or go to college." The business route won and the Murrell family opened a carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Virginia.
Five Guys have no freezers on site, meaning their produce is of the freshest quality, and best of all there are apparently an astonishing 250,000 possible ways to order a burger - we're taking that challenge on....
Ok so this is not quite a sole burger joint, but this American soul food restaurant has got everything to satisfy a meat lover. Expect pressure-fried chicken, soft shell crab, as well as mac ‘n’ cheese, devilled ham and cornbread worthy of your Louisiana Momma. Haven’t got one? No fear. With treats such as their signature ‘Beer Can’ chicken, a tasty roast served on a meat trolley and carved before your eyes, Joe’s is the only ‘mama’ you need.