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The Handbook

KFC not cutting it? Grown tired of Maccies repetitive menu? We’ve rounded up 11 of London’s best posh junk food joints that’ll banish any weary hungover heads or fried food cravings you’ve got lingering this week.

Bone Daddies 

Bone Daddies delivers on big, bouncy flavours that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. 

Since opening up shop in 2012, Bone Daddies has built itself a foodie empire bursting with oodles of noodles and rich, meaty broths. Their signature ramen bowls start with their meaty broths made from scratch using pork or chicken bones and lashings of fat (veggie alternatives available too of course) to make them extra creamy and rich. 

Try your hand at their Yuzu Tonkotsu, a mix of fried chashu pork belly, spring onion, bamboo, beansprouts and Clarence Court egg. Or, go veggie with their tempting mushroom ramen, packed with mushrooms, asparagus, bok choy, mushroom butter, fresh tofu, garlic, thyme and Clarence Court egg.

Their signature ramen bowls start with their meaty broths made from scratch using pork or chicken bones and lashings of fat to make them extra creamy and rich. 

Various Locations
www.bonedaddies.com

Soho | Shoreditch | Croydon | Brockley
Available for delivery in other areas too
www.coqfighter.com

Coqfighter 

Dubbing themselves as ‘fried chicken for adults’, Coqfighter knows how to serve up a mean fried chicken bap. 

From their green chilli cheese slathered fried chicken to their crispy K-wings, Coqfighter delivers on both flavour and substance. Head to their Soho branch for some extra Soho menu only treats including their cheesy corn – it’s incredible – and their laska wings. 

Coqfighter is home to four brick-and-mortar locations, plus several areas across the city can get Coqfighter’s tasty treats through delivery too. Bonus.

Bleecker Burger

Set up by a diehard American burger lover, Bleecker helped transform the humble hamburger into its own much deserved status.

Having started off life as a food truck, Bleecker soon became a favourite among Londoners, offering beef that’s rare-breed, grass-fed from small UK farms. All of the burgers are made to order, allowing the richness and flavour to be fresh with every bite.  

Veggies need not worry; they do a killer vegetarian patty that’s been fermented for ten days, topped with American cheese, onion, lettuce and house sauce. All packed inside their signature sesame bun.

All of the burgers are made to order, allowing the richness and flavour to be fresh with every bite.  

Spitalfields, Victoria & Westfield
www.bleecker.co.uk

Various Locations
www.birdrestaurants.com

BIRD

Chicken and waffles, what more could you need?

Diner style chicken and waffle joint, BIRD serves up what it says on the tin: bird. In the form of crispy fried chicken of course. 

Get your junk food fix here and you’ll find yourself tucking into everything from Buffalo Blue chicken burgers to their legendary Original Waffle Burger, essentially fried chicken, bacon, American cheese, house BBQ, mayo, hot sauce and Canadian maple syrup slapped between two freshly griddled waffles. Yum.

Temple of Seitan

One for the herbivores, Temple of Seitan is the only place to head for a vegan alternative to your usual junk food favourite. 

Based in Hackney and Camden, the plant-based restaurant specialises in seitan, elevating the wheat-gluten protein into something truly incredible. We’d be lying if we didn’t have a favourite from their menu – the Temple Spicy is a must order for anyone who likes a little heat to their crispy chicken butties. 

Go all out and add on some BBQ wings, fries and their next-level vegan mac and cheese. You’re going to want extra napkins for this order – it’s messy.

The Temple Spicy is a must order for anyone who likes a little heat to their crispy chicken butties. 

Hackney / Camden
www.templeofseitan.co.uk

Various Locations
www.dirty-bones.com

Dirty Bones 

Inspired by the lively restaurant and bar scene of New York City, Dirty Bones brings the American way of living to London. From classic steak burgers to crispy fried chicken, buffalo hot wings to deep fried mac and cheese balls, Dirty Bones is the place to go for elevated posh junk food. 

It’s not only their food that’s legendary, Dirty Bones prides itself on serving up stellar cocktails too. Order your main alongside a side of cocktails – we’d recommend The Fab, a mix of Tanqueray Gin, Cointreau, Martini Rosso, lemon, egg white and hundreds & thousands candy rim.

Oowee Vegan

Having taken over Bristol’s vegan scene with a storm, Oowee arrived in London during lockdown and has already won the hearts of many hardened vegans and meat eaters. 

The menu is mega. Oowee uses Beyond Meat for their big beef quarter pounders offering classic cheese burgers to their tender BBQ smokestack. But for a real chicken burger hit, order in one of their chik’n burgers. Their marmite butter fries are also absolutely delicious for those wanting an extra salty, umami flavour. 

You’ll go wowee over Oowee.

Their marmite butter fries are also absolutely delicious for those wanting an extra salty, umami flavour. 

50 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney Downs N16 7XB
www.ooweevegan.com

Chick ‘n’ Sours

When you head out for dinner you want options and that’s something Chick ‘n’ Sours prides itself on.

At their Haggerston, Seven Dials and Spitalfields venues you’ll find a plentiful menu boasting some of their junk food favourites, from poshed up fried chicken to their legendary k-pop chicken sandwich, slathered with sriracha sour cream, gochujang mayo and Asian slaw.

Haggerston, Seven Dials & Spitalfields
www.chicknsours.co.uk

Trap Kitchen 

When a restaurant boasts a whopping 136 thousand Instagram followers but doesn’t have their own website, you know you’re in for a real foodie treat. 

Starting out in his mum’s small kitchen in Camberwell, Prince Cofie Owusu soon leapt into the food scene, raking up a huge following and reputation across town for his lobster and indulgent offerings.

Book in and order one of Trap Kitchen’s signature sharing buckets, boasting lashings of lobster, prawns, buttered corn and waffles. There’s no way of making the food look pretty but boy, is it good.

Starting out in his mum’s small kitchen in Camberwell, Prince Cofie Owusu soon leapt into the food scene, raking up a huge following and reputation.

76 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HR
Follow Their Insta @trapkitchen

Mr Ji

Renowned for their beast size butterfly chicken breast that’s brined, coated in gluten-free sweet potato flour and deep fried, Mr Ji is the place to head for Taiwanese-style junk food.

Set to reopen this month (date TBC), Mr Ji will be filling the streets of London once more with 100% free range chicken bites.

Reopening in September
Follow Their Insta @mrjirestaurants

HotBox

For a truly meaty affair head to HotBox for indulgent, hickory smoked, slow-roasted barbecue meats.

Start your night with the Mutton Barbecoa tacos before deep diving into their smoked selection. A mix of pork rib, jalapeño chicken thigh, pulled pork, sliced brisket and hotlink sausage. It’s truly sensational.

For a truly meaty affair head to HotBox for indulgent, hickory smoked, slow-roasted barbecue meats. 

Market Hall, Fulham & Commercial Street
www.hotboxlondon.co.uk