Just in time for Independence Day comes three new burger joints from over the pond and, whilst the ‘gourmet burger’ has been around for a few years, we have to say that we’re pretty excited about this new invasion.
Opening today is Five Guys all the way from Washington DC at no.1 Long Acre in Covent Garden. Apparently there’s a never-ending amount of ways to order a burger at Five Guys, toppings are free (apart from bacon and cheese) and they’re adding a Brit touch of HP sauce.
Tomorrow sees the opening of Danny Meyer’s cult New York burger joint Shake Shack, just around the corner from Five Guys in Covent Garden’s famous Piazza. These words may sound unfamiliar now, but trust us, they’ll soon become part of our language – ShackBurger, SmokeShack, Shack-cago Dog – and all made from 100% British beef and pork. Shake Shack’s frozen custard – a dense, rich and creamy ice cream – are a must (our favourite is the malted vanilla), as are the ‘concretes’ specially created for London. Our top recommendation: the Union Shack concrete – chocolate custard, St John Bakery’s chocolate hazelnut brownie, fudge sauce, Paul A Young chocolate chunks and sea salt – you can see why the queues are going to be long!
Then there’s soul food joint Blue Plate in Chiswick. This joint serves an epic ‘Munch’ menu during the week and proper US-style Brunch menu at the weekend. Ever heard of ‘Spoonbread’? Neither had we. Think cottage pie but with chunks of delicious corn bread instead of mash. Then there’s Blue Plate’s famous Pulled Pork Sandwich slathered in their homemade BBQ sauce, Chilli and Mac n’ Cheese, Caroline Slaw and of course, Outsider Tart’s momentous cheesecake and brownie selection.