Live up the Americana life at this casual barbecue joint. Owned by Americans, all the dry rubs are made using secret recipes and the meats are smoked using hickory and mesquite woodchips imported straight from the USA. There's something for everyone on the menu – meat lovers can take their pick from a range of ribs fresh from the smoker, expertly grilled meats, sandwiches stuffed with various pulled or smoked meats, loaded burgers and a range of sides that include beef chilli, sliders and nachos.
There's no need to guess what this place is known for – it's in the name. Meatsmith is a modern smokehouse in Telok Ayer is where you can get some real deal American barbecue. After all, it was inspired by the smokehouses in Nashville, Memphis and Austin. Some of the things you'll find on the menu are its meat platters of perfectly grilled meat, house-made sausage, tangy vinegar slaw, juicy burgers, brisket, burnt ends, smoked ribs, craft beer, bourbons and aged cocktails. A signature at the restaurant is the Beef Marmalade Cheeseburger ($20) which features a beef and brisket patty and the housemade beef marmalade both topped with cheddar cheese, house pickles and their special burger sauce.
For colossal burgers piled with toppings, look no further than 25 Degrees at the ground floor of Hotel G. This LA import lets you craft your own or choose from creations labelled from one to four. Number one, its best-seller, is layered with caramelised onions, cheese, bacon and thousand island sauce ($14). In true LA-style, for $2 more you can swap the buns for gluten-free ones.
After comfort food and Asian-flavoured burritos, Texas-style barbecue is Min Chan's next food playground. Decker Barbecue is a collaboration between the young restaurateur and Texan expat and owner of Bali's Smokehouse BBQ, Elliott Decker, and the cooking is all about the low-and-slow. As a result, the menu is kept simple with just five to six meats – cuts include beef brisket and ribs, sausages, pulled pork and chicken – cooked languidly overnight in wafts of sizzling lychee, apple, oak, and more.
A household name for Southern food in the United States, The Bird has landed on our shores and made The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands its first Asian nest. Famed for its Chicken 'N' Watermelon 'N' Waffle ($45), the restaurant's signature dish is made with chicken that's been brined for 27 hours before it is dredged in flour and pressure-fried 'til golden brown on the outside but still juicy on the inside. Served with spiced watermelon, cheddar cheese waffles, honey hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup, this chicken feast is good enough to fill two bellies. You'll also want to leave space for other star dishes like The Bird's fried green tomato BLT ($18), skillet cornbread ($10) and its Singapore-inspired Low Country Laksa ($38).
Set up by American chef Travis Masiero, the brains behind Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House, Blue Label is anything but a classic NYC dollar slice. The hip joint reverberates with Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC and people digging into Chicago-style spinach and artichoke dip and greasy slices of pie well worth the calories. There's the J-Dog, an upgrade on the meat lovers packed with pork sausage, bacon, pepperoni and a tinge of spice from finely cubed jalapeños and The Travis Supreme – sesame coated dough is topped with cheddar-bacon melt, “special sauce" and other hamburger bits.
American steakhouse chain Morton's, a pioneer of the high-end steak scene in Singapore, proves that old is gold. The meat-dominant menu with only serves aged prime beef in cuts like filet mignons and New York strips. The steakhouse also prides itself in its seafood, offering everything from jumbo lump crab cakes and lobster tails to a towering ocean platter that feeds five to six. Not to be forgotten is the Morton's Bar, which serves Mortini and other refreshing tipples alongside complimentary filet mignon sandwiches during happy hour.
This American-style diner is definitely a step up from your 24/7 dishing out home fries and scrambled eggs. Instead, you get truffle burgers, lobster mac and cheese and milkshakes that you can spike for an additional $5 (do it). All these plus unbeatable evening views of the bay and a reasonably fresh sea breeze.
On the second level of Regent Singapore sits a portal to New York City through the ages. Amazing food and cocktails aside, Manhattan’s rickhouseholds also houses an unbeatable collection of American oak barrels, all ageing spirits, bitters and cocktails. And in the Ingredients Room opposite the rickhouse, bell jars of herbs, spices, fruits and roots in various stages of drying, pickling and brining line the shelves.
We might not have Shake Shack or In-N-Out Burger but we do have New York’s simply named Burger Joint. On the back alley of Gemmil Lane, shift through the metal doors next to the neon burger sign and you'll find yourself in an underground bunker, clad in graffiti-covered swirly timber. The menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers and bacon cheeseburgers is best washed down with a pint of craft beer, all available on tap at the bar.