Boondocks

Restaurants, American Old Street
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A hip dining hall serving American-style comfort food.

London isn’t exactly lacking American-style comfort-eating – but as far as Stax Diner founder Bea Vo is concerned, there’s room for more. Her new spot, Boondocks, is a funky dining hall that replicates the good eatin’ and drinkin’ you’ll find at Stax – sugary cocktails, finger-licking fries and filthy, cheese-dripping burgers included. But the Boondocks menu has been pimped up with the sort of hearty fare that’ll pull in homesick expats and empty-stomached ‘Man v. Food’ aficionados alike.

Biscuits and gravy – two chunks of savoury scone-like bread drenched in a beige gravy – was tastier than it looked, if a teensy bit bland. The erstwhile sloppy joe, on the other hand, was a brilliant, saucy mess of a sandwich. Factor in desserts such as DIY S’mores and a coronary-inducing ‘strawberry funnel cake’ (fried dough topped with strawberries and a tidal wave of whipped cream) and it’s fair to say Boondocks does the kind of indulgent, perfectly imperfect grub that’s made for hangovers, heartbreaks or otherwise. All that, and you’re guaranteed a nap afterwards. SO. MANY. CARBS.

By: Matilda Egere-Cooper

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Venue name: Boondocks
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Address: 205 City Road
London
EC1V 1JT
Opening hours: Mon midday-10pm; Tue-Thu midday-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-10pm.
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks: around £65.
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Saskia R
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We wen last Saturday lunchtime, and wow, what a revelation of Soul food and Sothern American cuisine. Chicken and Waffles doused in maple syrup was a wonderful revelation to me and a welcome recomendation from our lovely waitress.

There is much more on the menu I will be back to try (and the burgers looked fab btw)

Dee
Tastemaker

An American gem in Old Street, this place serves up Southern inspired dishes like buttermilk biscuits with gravy and fried chicken and pancakes. The portions are generous and make you want to say God Bless America! Great brunch to go back to!

Denise Z

Crap. Service was bad and the food was burnt and terrible. What completely baffled me was it was halal...! Never in my life have I been to an American halal restaurant. I suppose what annoyed me the most was that it wasn't advertised anywhere and I'm sorry (not sorry) to say but I don't agree with halal slaughtering practices. I'd rather meat killed humanely.

razbox

Love this place, especially the Chicken & Waffles.  Much more space than Stax, and you can reserve too.

Sammie K

One of the best new restaurants in East London. Food to die for, really cool decor and lovely attentive staff. Will be back again for our Christmas dinner!

CJ

Visited Boondocks for the first time on Monday, food is so good, staff super friendly and atmosphere is great. Menu has all the American soul food essentials as well as biscuits, root beer floats and even smores! First time trying chicken and waffles-will definitely be back!

The V

Great burgers, amazing milkshakes and superb fries.

Loads of choice on the menu too and a very cool vibe inside the place.

Kiki A

Loved it. Great atmosphere and absolutely fantastic food. Go hungry! Fun place. Will definitely go back.

Drago

This place was just awesome. Burgers, fried chicken and a whole host of Southern specialities (the awesomely huge Onion Blossom for one). Decor is a rustic Southern setting witch sheet music wallpaper (achingly cool) and the music is a mix of blues, Southern Rock and some real hick on the violin stuff. We loved it.


The food was excellent (best fries in London) and the fried chicken I had was to die for. Service was friendly, if a little slow at one point But I will be back ... 


Highly recommend. 

Daniel L
Tastemaker

Ended up in Boondocks as a second choice because Bodean's next door did not have space for a group of 7. Well I am so glad we ended up here, and it will always be my first choice over Bodean's in the future. The food here is way more affordable and tastier I feel. They specialize in milkshakes, but they still pale in comparison to tinseltown. Not amazing but definitely still better than almost every other place. Second best milkshakes in London maybe? The service staff are friendly (although bad at math...) and the ambience is much brighter and more spaced out, as compared to the dark and dingy Bodean's. Definitely will be back for more of that amazing Stax burger... and maybe even the 25 pound ultimate stax challenge.

James F

Hearty fare in a straightforward but satisying setting. Side dishes (comprising southern specialities such as 'biscuits' and gravy) at least as good as the burgers.

Hugh

Rarely does sheer abundance prevail outright, and with the Himalayan portions that 'grace' the tables here, Boondocks isn't much of an exception. It's unfortunate – their burgers were on par, as far as burger-y expectations go around town, and the service was warm.

To point out a couple of let-downs, the cornbread needed something more (was it salty, was it sweet? Not sure), while the mac n' cheese was all mac and very little cheese. 

Dessert was something of a hit, if you've got space for any. I wish I could tell you more, but the thing is, with a difficult-to-find website and online menu, you may well be going into Boondocks like me – very, very blind.

Luke A

Hearty portions complete with OTT (but awesome) American rustic style interior. Buffalo sauce needs to be HOTTER, blue cheese tangier and don't be afraid to season that meat a bit more. Mac N' Cheese though was SPOT ON and the iced tea... probably the best I've had so far in London. It's definitely one of the better American-style restaurants you'll find in the capital. Highlight: Cali burger.  Must have: order the s'mores for dessert. You can roast em' over a mini fire yourself ---- overall, it's a thoughtful and quirky approach to an all American pastime.