Located in the heart of Covent Garden Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar, American style eatery, caters to the tourist scene with gimmicky dishes and kids size options. Despite being located in tourist grand central, and being yet another American style eatery, the food here is of a fairly decent quality with a few genuine Deep South dishes.
I skipped the cocktails on our Sunday visit and headed straight to my meal, starting with jalapeno poppers that packed a real punch. My lunch partner, a bonafide Texan, gave these his seal of approval.
Next up was a chicken burger that was unmemorable but edible. The burger was accompanied by a side of mashed potatoes and gravy that were desperate for both more gravy and some salt ,of which there was none on our table or anywhere to be seen, and I had to ask twice before receiving some (by which point the potatoes were cold). This was not the “Southern Hospitality” the website promised.
The Texan went for the catfish with collard greens, the catfish was perfectly cooked and a rarity in London as most “southern” restaurants focus on ribs and chicken. It goes without saying that no one cared about the collard greens and the fish took centre stage.
The rest of our party were feeling like sinners so went for a full “Prison Plate” of beans, rice, pulled pork and sides, which, you guessed it, came on a prison plate tray for our instagraming pleasure.
Absolutely stuffed we skipped desserts and went for espressos, then braved the crowds of families and tourists outside and struggled onto a tube back to East London , Covent Garden we’ll see you again in a year or so.