So, it got me thinking...when I'm jonesing for some American food in London, where oh where do I go? The list is short-but in truth, when I crave 'American Food', it usually takes only one of three forms: burgers, BBQ (I am a Southern girl, after all!), or Mexican (that's technically 'American', right?..):
Burgers. The most challenging of all. I think I've mentioned more than once that I struggle with British Beef (my shortcoming, not British Beef's...). Until recently (hello, Byron!), I can count on two hands the number of burgers I've eaten in my four years in the UK. So if there's one thing I truly crave as a food symbol of 'home', it's burgers. Luckly, there are a few places in London to satisfy-and they seem to be ever-increasing in numbers (uh-oh):
- Automat. Truly 'American'-they import and serve USDA beef. Not the greenest burger in the world, but desperate times call for desperate measures, people! Rumor has it, this is where Renee Zellweger would come eat when she was packing on the pounds for the first Bridget Jones movie. It's understandable why. Their burgers are incredible, as is everything else I've had on the menu. They ain't cheap, but sometimes, you have to splurge.
- Byron: A fairly new arrival on the London scene. Their first shop opened in 2007-and in truth, I'd never heard of them until last year. I'd never even set foot into one of their shops until just a few months ago when they opened a shop in the bottom of my office. Sadly now, I'm averaging a burger there every 10-14 days. This isn't good-but oh, their burgers SO are!