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Red Dog Saloon Review

Shoreditch London has so many food options to choose from. However given my upbringing I am partial to some good bbq. We stopped by the Red Dog Saloon on our way to visit Boxpark. The vibe was up and the tables were packed. We were escorted downstairs to the additional seating area which was complete with its often full bar. The menu is similar to what you’d expect to see at a bbq spot in the south. There were several brisket options (to include sandwiches), bbq chicken options, smoked sausage, and typical sides of mac and cheese, coleslaw and beans.


Starters

One of the most difficult decisions you make when dining out is whether or not to order a starter aka appetizer.  There is always that off chance that you will get full and not finish your main. I believe that all courses should be enjoyed so I rarely skip starters. Tonight we were battling between ordering the fried pickles and jalapenos or the brisket nachos. Internally I rationalized and decided not to fight over such trivial things??? Order both I said! I love both fried pickles and jalapenos and nachos and with the four of us there will be plenty to share.  Both were delicious, however the brisket topping to chip ratio could have been a little better.  We ordered a second serving of the fried pickles and jalapenos so that let’s you know they were hitting.

 

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Drink Up

 

Don’t forget to order a drink while you wait.. I ordered a mojito and it was the best mojito I think  I’ve ever had.

 

Go Big or Go Home

I went for the most photo worthy flavorful sandwich I could find. Brisket topped with smoked sausage and a fried jalapeno pepper. It was massive both literally and flavor wise. 20190803_2049591582164431562855129.jpg

Sadly, the sides left much to be desired. MY sandwich came with a side of coleslaw and it was hard to distinguish if it was vinegar based or mayo based. I enjoy coleslaw made both ways but this one lacked that umph. I also ordered a side of beans because when one enjoys bbq; ones meal must include beans. I typically get really excited about beans because they are tangy and sweet.  Occasionally they can be a meal all by themselves.  To my disappointment, the beans were just okay…nothing to write home about.

I pride myself on honest and real reviews so I won’t sugar coat it. As difficult as it is to say the sandwiches and starters are great, the sides are not.

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England Lunch

Handmade Burger Co.

Handmade Burger Co.

Westgate Arcade Peterborough, UK PE1 1PY

The most exciting words a foodie could probably hear are “the best ever”. It’s written in the foodie code that the best food must be sought out. Imagine my delight when I heard about this burger spot called Handmade Burger Co. that a guy had claimed to be the best burger they had ever had. EVER! That is a huge claim. Burgers are like the All American food and I have had some damn good burgers. Finding good food in England has become somewhat of a scavenger hunt. We sat out on an adventure on a cold and rainy Saturday to visit the mall. Out of pure luck we stumbled upon the Handmade Burger Co. and you know we had to make a pitstop.
The Handmade Burger Co. Has over 40 selections of burgers to choose from. Examples of their choices are a peanut butter and bacon burger or the Milano burger which sports pesto and mozzarella. Some of the same options are included on their chicken burgers also. There is a small feature of vegetarian burgers but one of their biggest sellers are their dirty burgers. It was a hard to decide between a specialty burger or a dirty burger but today the specialty burger won out.
 
 

Starter

Have you ever heard of Halloumi cheese? I hadn’t either until I saw it on a foodnetwork show.  However since it is a mainstay in Britain I suspect I’ll be seeing a lot more of it.  Halloumi cheese is probably the only cheese that you can actually grill, fry or barbecue.  It has a high melting point which allows it to be cooked in ways other cheeses just can not stand up to.  My best reference point for texture is probably tofu but man oh man this cheese is amazing.  I decided to try the Halloumi fries with mango salsa as a starter.  The Halloumi fries were amazing, there was some juice at the bottom of the serving cup that was just heavenly.  The mango salsa on the other hand is more of an acquired taste.  I personally didn’t care for it.  It was a tad bitter and had a nice spicy kick to it.  In my opinion the two didn’t pair well together but the fries stand well on their own.

Hand Pressed

Each burger is made with Scottish beef which is hand pressed and then cooked fresh in house everyday.   After pouring over the menu several times we decided to skip out on all the exciting options and go for something more traditional.  I opted for the avocado and bacon burger and the mister chose the blue cheese and bacon burger.

My avocado Bacon was pretty good.  The avocado tasted fresh, the red onions were nice and the HBC burger relish they used was a nice surprise.  It tasted like a fancy type of ketchup with cherry tomatoes but with the consistency of a jam.  I pulled the bacon off as I didn’t particularly care for it.  It was much too soft for my liking, besides when I think of bacon on my burger it is nice crispy slices slices of bacon.  The burger was stacked pretty good.  In fact I tried to get a solid bite in and couldn’t lol.  We both ordered a side of chips but I had mine dusted with rosemary salt.  Those were some good fries…I mean chips.   My husband loved the caramelized onions on his burger and felt it balanced out pungency of the blue cheese perfectly.

America’s Burgers are still the best burgers I’ve ever had, BUT the Handmade Burger Co holds the number one spot in the UK at the moment.  You can’t beat the price or the options they offer.  Next time I visit I’m going to give either the veggie burgers of the chicken burgers a whirl.  Until you can make a trip to HBC here’s a burger for you!20180120_135340.jpg
 
-MettleFork