Walking into Bodean’s is an invitation to have a good time. Decked out with Americana – from beer trays and antler lamps on the walls, to flatscreen TVs showing baseball or the NFL – the Clapham branch of this mini-chain has gone the whole hog on its rib-shack theme, with country and western music and chummy staff to boot.
Much of the restaurant consists of leather booths, encouraging a relaxed, family-style approach to dining.
Sadly, the quality of cooking has slipped since the place first opened, but any lack of finesse is made up for in portion sizes. Buffalo chicken wings are large and meaty, and while some baby back ribs were rather tough, even a half rack (served with hand-cut chips) should satisfy a hungry carnivore.
Surprisingly, given the focus on meat, it was a rich, creamy slice of ‘Eli’s’ baked cheesecake that stole the show.
US beers include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (bottled) and Blue Moon (draught).
In spite of the kitchen’s shortcomings, and an irksome no-bookings policy (except for groups), it’s a popular spot with twentysomethings midweek and families at weekends – a fun place to visit for a slice of American pie.
169 Clapham High Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham Common tube|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£21|
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Average User Rating
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Always have had great food and ales here. Every time I go in there's something new to try on the menu and the drinks list, and I haven't been let down yet. Very friendly staff too — and cool blues music. My kind of place!
I beg to differ, you have to waits hours for a table only to be served luke warm under cooked food. Female manager is very rude, I intend to vote with my wallet and never dine there again
The greatest thing about Bodean's is how they capture that element of Americana -- the BBQ joint. If you're an American here in London feeling homesick, need to hear some vintage American rock and roll, while you eat your delicious pulled pork sandwich drowned in excellent Kansas City style sauce, and drink an American brew to wash it down, this is the place. It's also very reasonable and so far is the cheapest eat in lunch option I can find this side of the Thames. Bring your kids too and afterwards you can cross the street to take in a movie at the Clapham Picture House and *Presto* -- you've filled up the kids afternoon on a rainy Saturday!
Me and my family went here in May 2011. Knew we had found a good spot when half hour after we had arrived, there was a que to get in! Very impressed with the standard of food and the service. The pulled pork was excellent, as were ribs, but for me the stand out dish was the burnt ends and beef ribs - succulent and tasty, with their homemade bbq sauce which was authentic and delicious. The decor was charming yet not too over the top. You felt it was a "proper" american bar/diner, not a cheap mock up. The servers were interested that you had a good time and were attentive throughout. Doubly impressive considering how busy they were! The selection of beers were incredible, with some genuine beers you cannot find this side of the bond (in particular, Blue Moon!). Would have liked more of a hat-tip to the designated driver rather then overpriced can's. Dessert maintained the high standards but more imagination on the dessert menu would have really finished it off. If this place was nearer to our home, we would be there more often to take advantage of what appeared to be very bargain-basement mid-week deals (Combo with sides+beer =£10), and just for a good beer. On Saturdays, get their early as it looks like it gets pretty busy pretty quickly. But will be definitely going back for more...and with an emptier stomach.