Guess who’s back? As you might have noticed (or not, I won’t be offended. LIES. I totally will be offended) I’ve taken myself a bit of an unintentional blog break. No real reason, other than the fact I’ve been off in the States for work and didn’t have time to get much in place before heading off. Sometimes a gal just needs a rest, or at least a business trip. You might have seen where I’ve been gallavanting off to on my Instagram though! There’s LOTS to come around that, so sit tight adventurers, and get ready.
Before I headed out on my Atlantic adventure, I was invited along to Porky’s BBQ for some meaty Memphis tastiness – considering Memphis was a stop on my trip, perfect timing, right?! Porky’s have five locations across the city from Crouch End to Chelsea, and we visited the Bankside branch for some after work dining.
When we arrived, the restaurant didn’t actually have our booking on file. Luckily, after some confusion, the restaurant manager cleared it up and realised we were listed for another day by mistake! Despite this moment of every food blogger’s fear, once it was all sorted the staff were super lovely and attentive.
The restaurant itself has a great laid-back vibe, with bare brick walls and Americana decor. Plus, in the corner, there was a beer pong tournament going down, red cups and all – how much more Stateside can you get?!
Cause cocktails are the best way to start any meal, right? I absolutely adored the American Daisy Cocktail – a mix of bourbon, triple sec and passionfruit. I like whisky cocktails, but I also love a good kick of sweetness, and the American Daisy offers up just that.
If you’re more of a beer drinker, Porky’s also have a great range of American-style lagers to choose from.
For starters, we went pretty standard. I’ll always grab myself a tasty bowl of mac’n’cheese and Porky’s was some top-notch cheesy goodness. Oozing with three types of cheese and topped off with crispy bacon bits, I could probably eat this on a weekly (alright, twice…three times…weekly) basis and love it every time. Potentially one of the best mac and cheese dishes I’ve had in London. And that’s a pretty big deal.
We also had the Cajun Spiced Calimari with chipotle mayo (£5.35) – also delicious, the cajun spice made it particularly special.
After having tried the most amazing ribs in Memphis during my trip (I basically died and went to meaty heaven), I sort of wish I’d given the ribs a shot at Porky’s. But instead, I chose a good ol’ fashioned burger to fill my face with.
Which turned out to be a damn good choice. I went for the Porkyburger (£9.25) – a juicy 6oz burger patty topped with pulled pork, bacon and jack cheese. The bacon was really crispy, American-style, and the burger itself was full of flavour. Although not as ridiculously huge as actual US burgers, it really did a good job filling me up. It also works a treat with one of Porky’s BBQ sauces – delicious, and definitely a great homage to the Memphis real deal.
The fries (£2.75) were awesome too – thin and crispy, just how I like ’em. Despite the burger almost finishing me off after the starters as well, I managed to eat the entire cupful. I always think cups of fries are kinda deceiving – it doesn’t look like a lot when it comes out, but it turned out to be the perfect portion to go with my main for my hungry belly.
Because Conor is a pretty useful human to take along to restaurants, I also got a taste of his main dish too. Which was a whopping combo plate, featuring a half chicken and portion of pulled pork (£15). Becasue having your date order the same thing just doesn’t work for us bloggers…
Although I’d already had the pulled pork as part of my burger, having it solo really gave me a proper taste of how delicious it was. Soft and tender, paired perfectly with vinegar sauce. The chicken was pretty good too – I do prefer spicy rather than BBQ usually, but it was still very tasty and well-cooked.
And because there’s always room for dessert – I wolfed down almost all of this mega Chocolate Brownie Sundae. So much ice cream. Gooey brownies. Rich chocolate sauce, and topped with a generous helping of whipped cream. Go hard or go home – this is a dessert to die for.
Porky’s BBQ does a fantastic job of recreating authentic American BBQ tastes. And those tastes are bloody good tastes, for sure. Affordable and with a great atmosphere, it’s definitely a brilliant spot to head to if you’re pining for a taste of the States.
My only regret from the visit is not trying the ribs – after eating an all-American rack in Memphis, I feel like there’s a lot to play for finding an equivalent in London. However – a good reason to go back, am I right?!
Where do you head to for BBQ goodness in your city?
18 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DR
0208 127 5120
*I was invited to the restaurant for a complimentary meal to review – as always, opinions totally honest.