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Bodean's

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© Michelle Grant
Soho

Over in Kansas, they take their barbecues seriously. The owner of Bodean’s came from the smoke-pit capital of the USA to show London how it’s done, and seven years and five branches on, we can still say this is the best barbecue in the city.

The Soho branch is our favourite for its street-level ‘deli’: a more casual arrangement where you walk in, order at the counter and tuck into a pared-down menu that omits some of the more superfluous choices – you don’t go to Bodean’s for enchiladas. It’s all about the ribs, the pulled pork, the half chickens and the ‘burnt ends’ of beef brisket, smoked and slow-grilled to uncommon tenderness and served with the (inevitably) secret sweet and piquant sauce.

Vegetarians should keep walking – there’s nothing to see here. A bonus is that the formerly dreary choice of beer has been updated; in addition to Coors Light and Sol, you can now find the likes of Sierra Nevada’s ales, although they’re not available in all branches.

Venue name: Bodean's
Contact:
Address: 10 Poland Street
London
W1F 8PZ
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £6.25-£18.95

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Mem H

I was recently introduced to Bodean's by a work colleague and loved it. Being American born, a great BBQ is a welcomed discovery. It's great value and definitely worth a visit. The pulled pork is tender and sweet, and clam chowder, classically American.

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When I'm in London, I eat here. Amazing BBQ, reasonable prices. Wouldn't recommend trying to eat a Boss Hog Platter by yourself but it makes a great meal for two or even three. Must visit if you're close to a branch.

Aimee

My boyfriend introduced me to this place in March and now it is our preferred place in London when we have a Man v Food hunger on! Chicken wings with blue cheese dip are divine.. Burnt Ends and Ribs are a meat sweat inducing heaven!!

Mr K

Some of the best BBQ places in the city. Consistent, great staff, pulled pork and ribs are a must-eat. Try the whole slab of spare ribs and you will be seriously overwhelmed by the flavor and size of the portion. Great in-house sauces too. However the highlight for me is their Clam Chowder, which is by far the best one I have tried in London. Really takes your tastebuds to San Francisco for a while. Only downsides: No beer on tap & the 'welcoming staff' upstairs could be a little more welcoming.

Annie

One of my favourite places in Soho. The pulled pork is the so succulent and tasty I find it hard to try anything else on the menu. Big portions for a reasonable price. The deli upstairs is great for a quick lunch as well. Just gotta get there early to get a seat downstairs in the restaurant, especially on game night.

Martin

Really disappointing. Great service, but really average food. The pulled pork was extremely dry, the ribs lacking and the coleslaw watery. Pitt Cue does this far far better.

Sarah

huge portions and deliciously succulent meat - great for a meaty craving