Red Dog Saloon
Time Out says
Red Dog Saloon is an American ranch-style restaurant, with a focus on barbecued dishes. Located in the heart of Soho, right on Berwick Street, customers are welcomed to take on their longstanding challenge and try to eat their devastator burger in under two and a half minutes. It’s big.
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Average User Rating
4 / 5
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The best thing about this place is its location - it always seems to have space to sit down and have a fresh beer, whether its inside or outside. Never had to queue to sit down! That's a major plus if you're looking for a place to relax in the midst of the business of Soho.
My visit to Red Dog Saloon was fairly pleasant, although not one that I'll be telling my kids about. An American-style restaurant with a strangely cowboy vibe, RDS is tucked away in a little, quiet street in Soho, so not one you would stumble upon by accident.
Luckily, my visit was for a work lunch for our manager's birthday - which meant card behind the bar and at least two of everything on the menu.
I'm not much for wings but I do have to say, RDS' chicken wings are certainly worth it. They come in all shapes and sizes from spicy and sticky through Korean-style to dry and crispy, accompanied by a deliciously cheesy ranch sauce. I didn't mind getting sticky all over.
The main I chose was less one to rave about - its name was probably the most exciting thing about it (The Colonel's Demise). A fried chicken burger with whipped cream cheese in theory, but by the time I was through mainly just a gooey mess. A good one, mind you, but that's due to the soft brioche bun and dressing. The chicken itself tasted a little like it was a frozen chicken strip from a box. But that's probably just my burger, because others were crying tears of joy over a black-and-blue burger with charred meat and blue cheese sauce, as well as the Philli steak burger. My friend opposite ordered the beef brisket which, to me, seemed tiny and sad at first glance, but he honestly says it was one of the best meals of his life. Maybe I should go back to try it.
The sides deserve special mention - onion rings I could wear as bracelets; sweet potato fries as long as three fingers, crisped to perfection; Mexican-style fries with jalapenos and sour cream; Korean-style pulled pork fries (ahh); mac-n-cheese with ham and extra special coleslaw. Honestly, no one even touched the normal chips.
A note on jalapeno poppers - not worth it. Although advertised as cheesy, there's barely a spot of cheese at the very end of what is an entire jalapeno pepper, breaded, but somehow lacking in all spiciness. Don't recommend it.
Service was OK - our waitress was smiling at all times, granted, but there was still a strange sadness about their manner, like on an American-style porch tucked away in the desert, with the sun setting and whiskey being kept in lable-less bottles. You know what I mean?
Had it not been for the burger, I'd give RDS a higher rating probably; but then again, if I didn't have the chance to sample pretty much the whole menu, I would only give it three stars at best.
Give it a go, see how you feel - if you're craving some American-style face feeding, that is.
A small quirky American themed restaurant in the backstreets of soho. We arrived around 6pm to grab some dinner before attending the theatre. It wasn't too busy although we could see that most of the tables had already been reserved. The waiter was very friendly and took his time to welcome us when we arrived. He also informed us that there was a happy hour on all drinks so we made sure to order some margaritas which tasted amazing! For our mains we ordered burgers, although my boyfriend insisted on ordering the deveststor burger which was an enormous triple stacked mess with all the trimmings. He did attempt to finish it but guess there's a reason it's called the devastator! Overall had a great night here, we will certainly be returning!
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