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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.

Venue name: Boondocks
Address: 205 City Road
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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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)


I went to Boondocks for a private event and it is a nice venue.  We only tried a small selection of the food available, but it was very tasty and well-cooked even though the kitchen was catering for a large number of people.  The bar had a good selection of drinks.


I love how Boondocks looks and make you feel. The place is super cute. The walls are covered with musicals notes, there’s lots of little lights which makes it very cosy, there’s a great music being played. A perfect setting for a romantic evening. Provided that you want to stuff yourself with burgers and fries (or mac’n’cheese and shakes). Tasty but quite average, I must say. With Bea Vo, from the famous Bea's of Bloomsbury, behind it, at least I thought the cakes will be smashing. Sadly, neither the brownies, nor blondies hit the spot. To be honest, I was expecting more from the chef owner trained in Michelin kitchens.


Boondocks is an American-themed diner with some pretty classic dishes and an unusual interior decor for a diner. The ceiling was decorated with fairylights, naked branches, and lamps. I liked how open it felt because there were windows on the ceiling, allowing for some natural light. The tables were spread out so it felt rather spacious and I didn’t feel like we were being squeezed together with other customers.

Between me, my friend, and her boyfriend, we shared the following dishes because we honestly just wanted everything on the menu!

  1. Bojangles – A giant buttermilk biscuit filled with fried chicken, two eggs of our choice (we went with fried), cheese sauce, and hot sauce. This was honestly the most beautiful combination in my mouth. Even though the buttermilk biscuit looked dry on the outside, it was incredibly moist and fluffy on the inside and actually tasted good with its slightly golden and crunchy crust. The fried chicken was done well – leaving the chicken moist and the batter still crisp. The fried eggs were cooked well too with a lovely, runny yolk on both. Together with the cheese and hot sauce, the flavours were simply amazing. It tasted incredible as it was but the addition of a little maple syrup onto the chicken with each mouthful made it even more so!
  2. Huevos Muteleños – I thought this was a pretty good choice because it acted like a sort of ‘break’ from all the dense battered and carb-based dishes we ordered. It was a fried tortilla topped with guacamole, corn, salsa, black bean relish, fried plantains, and two poached eggs. It had a very refreshing and light taste with the coolness coming from the cream and the fact that it was a dish served at room temperature (other than the eggs). There so many ingredients in this but they all combined nicely!
  3. Sugar Rush – I can see why this dish is given this name because it was incredibly sweet! This came with two blueberry pancakes and two chocolate chip pancakes topped with a strawberry coulis, whipped cream, and chocolate fudge sauce. We asked for the whipped cream and chocolate fudge on the side to allow for better spreading as we cut into it. There was quite a bit of sauce from the strawberries so I’m glad we did ask for it separately. The pancakes were super soft and fluffy and surprisingly not too dense or heavy. It was a shame that the chocolate chip pancakes were lacking chocolate chips though, they seemed to only be centred in the middle rather than spread around each pancake. The same goes for the blueberry pancakes. It was a very generous serving though, as each pancake was huge and there were four in this dish! They were really delicious with its accompanying ingredients but I preferred it dipped into some authentic Canadian maple syrup, which was provided in a bottle on the table.

    This brunch wouldn’t be complete without a drink. As such, I went for a glass of Peach Bellini. Although this was good, I did find that the glass was a bit small given it cost £8! I felt that there was too much peach purée because the prosecco and purée didn’t mix well enough together – the last couple of sips were pure purée.

    In all though, it was a really satisfying experience because the dishes we had were executed well. It felt like comfort food – having soft and fluffy pancakes, a savoury biscuit sandwich, and something light and fresh like the fried tortilla dish.


I love Boondocks. I was a huge fan of Stax Diner and when I heard about Boondocks, I had to visit! I normally have the chicken and waffles which is delicious. I also love the cheese fries and the sweet potato fries are tasty too. The mac n cheese is delicious, everything I've had from Boondocks, tastes excellent. I love the interior of Boondocks, there are beautiful fairy lights and the walls are decorated with sheets of music. Boondocks offers great authentic tasty and reasonable American food. Service can be slow at times but will always go back!


Delightfully decorated with sheets of music as wallpaper and beautiful fairy lights scattered around, this restaurant does American-style comfort food brilliantly. Be sure to try the chicken wings, it’s hard to choose a flavour but don’t worry you can’t go wrong, whichever one you pick they will blow your mind! The mac ‘n’ cheese is just how it should be – creamy, cheesey, squidgy and a crunchy parmesan crust. I can’t wait to go back here and tick off some more things from the menu.


I attended an event a boondocks and was really impressed with both the decor and the food. We were lucky enough to hear from the owner herself who sounds like she is very passionate about food which comes through in her dishes. I loved that the wings come in different flavours and the mac and cheese is one of the best I've tasted. Would love to go back and try out the brunch menu.


Attended for a private 'foodie' event and the food offered - skinny fries, salad and mac and cheese - was very tasty, I must say. 

Charmingly decorated, with lovely lights and sheet music used as wallpaper, this made for a great atmosphere.


I went for a private event, where we were able to taste a few of the signature dishes, Wings! Yummy chicken wings, usually it's not my favourite chicken dish but I really enjoyed them. The restaurant it's self is beautiful decorated, it's an Instagram dream with all the lights. Very nice vibe that would be nice for a birthday dinner and a few drinks.

Had brunch here last weekend and boy was it good. I had the half and half so I could enjoy my fix of pancakes (without having to order 2 brunches!). Poached eggs were cooked to perfection and the blueberry pancakes were delicious. Definitely coming back here


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!

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.

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

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!

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!

Great burgers, amazing milkshakes and superb fries.

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

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

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. 


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.

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.

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.


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.

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