We do have pretty much a head to head of MEATliqour, MEATmarket and Honest Burgers. Honestly, they were all delicious. There is little that can match, when you're in a burger mood, a really good juicy meaty burger, glistening with just the right amount of fat that threatens to leave rivulets of lusciousness dripping from your fingers.
I think where MEATliqour / market wins out is with the sides. The former with their incredibly amazing buffalo wings and "who would have thought that would work?!?" deep-fried pickles; the latter with jalapeno poppers. I'm a sucker for a good one, and these were killer. That said, Honest Burgers' rosemary salted fries are amazing too.
On the drinks side of things, I think it very much depends how you feel, and what the occasion is. MEATliqour has it's pretty infamous House Grog - where you wonder a) why you are paying that much for what seems a fairly innoucous drink and b) why on earth you're only allowed 2 per person per visit. And then it hits you, an hour later, that you're actually pretty drunk. In a giggly, happy, moving onto snoozy way.
MEATMarket on the other hand has "hard" shakes: mine maple syrup. With bourbon. And it was delicious. But if you're in a straight up "hand me a bottle of beer with my burger" mood, then you can't really go wrong with a bottle of Bethnal Pale Ale at Honest Burgers.
Something then for everyone really, depending on your eating, drinking and also your can I be arsed to queue for a table mood.
|The Dead Hippie burger, "Poppaz" with ranch dressing and Hard Beige|
shake at MEATmarket
|Look at how good the Dead Hippie looks|
|Slight twist on the traditional jalapeno popper &|
certainly no worse for it
|Relative calm in Soho - Honest Burgers|
|Pretty straightforward menu, with a couple of daily specials on the chalk-|
|On this occasion the special was the "Welsh Burger" that had braised|
& crispy leeks, 'rarebit' bacon & peashoots. It was delicious.
|The house chips are seasoned with rosemary salt which is inspired -|
they are gorgeous
|Bills come served in a tobacco tin which personally I found quite a nice|
|MEATliquor's interior - it can get very loud, very dark & very brothel-|
like, perhaps not the best choice for a romantic dinner à deux
|The infamous 'House Grog'|
|I think this was the Dry Daiquiri. Or the Silver Angel. Very good, |
|'Bingo' wings with blue cheese dip plus deep-fried pickles with yet more|
yummy blue cheese dip.
|Our platter of food: Dead Hippies, Green Chilli Burgers, Fries & Southern|
|Slaw & Fries - well you need some vegetables right?|
|Green chilli cheeseburger|
|If I'm honest, and I add chillis to a lot of food that I cook, there were|
too many (take a look at the top bun - coated)
|The Dead Hippy: MEATliquor's take on the Big Mac (& it's goooood)|
|Somehow the 2 per person limit on the Grog's didn't apply. I think we|
I will happily go to all of them again, and again. Firmly on the agenda is also MEATmission, the new place opened by Yannis Papoutsis that takes reservations. Hurrah!
MEATmarket: Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BE
Honest Bugers: 4a Meard St, London W1F 0EF (and also Brixton)
MEATliquor: 74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA