Joe's Southern Table & Bar

Restaurants , Soul and southern American Covent Garden
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This kitchen and cocktail bar - previously Joe's Southern Kitchen, and before that, Navajo Joe - sits in the heart of Covent Garden in an enormous converted warehouse. The bar sweeps down the length of the double-height building and boasts one of the largest collections of tequilas, mezcals and rums in London. There's a follow up now too, in Kentish Town. 

The food menu promises classic Southern cooking. Expect, then, dishes such as cajun shrimp with a black bean stew, jalapeno poppers, chilli made with slow-braised beef brisket, mac 'n' cheese and blackened catfish fillet with collard greens. Wings, burgers and Big Apple hot dogs also feature. 

The bar downstairs, Cocktail Baby, offers house tunes alongside French martinis, mojitos, amaretto sours and cocktails with a Southern slant, like the smokey joe - Jim Beams Devil's Cut bourbon with tobacco liquor and barrel bitters. 

Venue name: Joe's Southern Table & Bar
Contact:
Address: 34 King Street
London
WC2E 8JD
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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4.3 / 5

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Ed. T
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I love fried chicken. My love for it is extreme and is a bit of a pet hate by my girlfriend. I can eat platters of chicken wings, I'm a monster when you put a carcass in front of me and I go to TOWN on the skin and bones. So Joe's Southern Kitchen, for me, presents a strange sort of dilemma. 


First up, the fried chicken here is amazing. Their chicken wings are probably the BEST in London, save for perhaps BBQ Lab at Dinerama. But that tabasco and honey sauce? Daamnnnn son you got me right there! Would happily come here and eat just the wings every single time. 


When I came here with a bunch of friends though, I thought I'd branch out and try something a bit different, as we'd already ordered some wings to share as a group. And that's where it all went wrong! 


Beef shortrib was average, and was disappointing given it was £18 and only came with some coleslaw. My girlfriend's watermelon salad was nothing special, and for the first time in my life we sent a dish back (the fried potatoes) because they were just disgusting. Coleslaw was ok, and their chicken salt fries were again, just average. 


All in all, for the price you pay here, the food (except for chicken) is distinctly average or even just disappointing. With a huge host of fried chicken/American themed restaurants in London, Joes Southern Kitchen has only a few (but admittedly major) positives to keep you coming back. 


Pros - Best chicken wings, amazing value cocktails in the downstairs bar/happy hour, and you can book! 

Cons - Rest of the menu is average to even bad, and it's largely all overpriced.

Sheens86
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Tastemaker

This is quite possibly the best fried chicken I have ever had in my life … ever! The chicken is tender and flavourful, not dry at all and the accompanying sides and brilliant too, best mac & cheese and the whipped potatoes with chicken gravy is delicious. Also the BBQ pulled pork butter beans and slow braised beef brisket chilli cup are really good too. Also, if you order between 12pm-1pm on a Friday afternoon, the fried chicken is half price! Good lining if you’re planning a heavy night out :)

Amy G
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Great cocktails (especially at £4 during happy hour!) The fried chicken and chicken wings both amazing. Definitely worth a visit if you're in need of some comfort food.

Jhon Carter
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Chicken Under a Brick with Caesar Salad, is one of the unique and amazing dish.

Mandy
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Tried Joes for the first time Friday early evening of last week and I absolutely loved it. Great tasting food and reasonably priced taking into consideration where it's located. Great atmosphere, busy but no rammed. Can't wait to go again which will probably be next week.

T.Malik
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Great selection of cocktails and drinks, great food and good service!

Nicky G
Tastemaker

This is seriously five-star fried chicken. Being a glutard, it's been a long time since I've had fried chicken, and the offer of gluten-free fried chicken is the primary reason I went to Joe's. Joe's did not disappoint on the chicken - I ordered the boneless strips and they were moist (sorry), succulent and piping hot, with a thick, spicy, crunchy coating. I paired my chicken with chilli cheese fries which we could say are kind of like Northern England nachos. They were good, but not as good as the chicken. I think we can all agree that this is the key to Joe's. Do not order anything other than the chicken. My boyfriend ordered a burger, almost sent it back and probably should have - it was rare (he asked for medium) and therefore luke warm, on what looked and tasted like a very cheap white bun from somewhere like Costco, with a massive slab of onion. I'm not an onion lover anyway, but even if I was I'm sure I wouldn't want a slice the size of a small doughnut in my burger. LEARN FROM THIS. Next time you have a fried chicken craving, go to Joe's - but order the chicken and the chicken only. You won't regret it!

Misha M.
tastemaker

Fantastic lunch takeway - for a fiver, you get fried chicken sandwich and chips. I wish they would toast their buns though, that's just a suggestion. I will try their pulled pork sandwich next time. I need to go back for dinner with a bigger appetite, those mac n cheese looks amazing, yum! 

GP
Staff Writertastemaker

If you’ve still got the Americana food bug this place is worth trying. The fried chicken is really great (half price on Friday lunchtimes too) and the sides selection is great (don’t know what chicken salt is but I can tell you its delicious on fries!).

The burger looked very expensive (£12), that’s a bit off putting but I’m told it’s a monster and worth the dollars.

They also let you order locally through Deliveroo so worth the 

Paul C
Staff Writer

Wonderful, delicious fried chicken! When i visited Joe's, There was a special mashup of Joe's and Rib Man sauces - I had the fried chicken with Rib Man hot sauce. A winning combination of spice and flavour... i'm just sad that collaboration is no longer in place!

dnwilliams

Cool vibe, and great service. The downstairs space seems a lot better than the upstairs space (where we were), so I imagine it's possible to enjoy it even more. 

Thamena  M
Staff Writer

It was the first time I went to Joe's and it won't be the last. The food interior was unique and so was the food. The Mac & Cheese is by far the best I have ever had! Staff were very attentive, and the cocktail making class was great fun! definitely recommend going. 


Emma

Delicious Mac n' Cheese, chicken and great for a team night out! The cocktail making trolley was a crowd pleaser and the staff were all super friendly! Recommend for that winter warmer comfort food!

Scott
Staff Writer

If you're looking for somewhere central to enjoy some amazing Southern American food, this is definitely the place to go!


Everything on the menu is amazing, possibly the best mac & cheese I've had outside of the US and all the chicken and pulled pork was tender and perfectly seasoned.


There are 89 different kinds of tequila (for the daring) and a great selection of bourbons and other spirits which means you can chill by the bar if the mood takes you.


A new favourite in Covent Garden, will be going back again and again

Lucy H

Thank you to all of the team at Joe's for such a great evening, not only was the food great but we absolutely loved our cocktail making session hosted by Gabriele at the table. I am now a complete convert to Espresso Martini's x

Luisa G
Tastemaker

Very good chicken. I had the boneless bites with the buffalo sauce, and it was delicious. The mac and cheese here is also top class. So good!