Where to Get an Authentic Taste of the American South in London

By Malika Dalamal  |  July 1, 2014

We're craving comfort food, and let's face it, no one does it like the Americans. Celebrate the Fourth of July with food from the Deep South — the latest restaurant trend to hit town. Offering everything from grits to gumbo, not forgetting fried chicken, these are five Southern-style restaurants to try now.

The Lockhart
What: Authentic, upmarket Southwest American food at this Marylebone restaurant is brought to you by two homesick Texan couples who serve comfort food made with ingredients sourced from ethical producers in the U.K..
Must-Try: Morning donuts; shrimp 'n' grits (pictured).
22-24 Seymour Pl., W1H 7NL; 020 3011 5400

Jackson & Rye
What: Richard Caring's modern American restaurant and cocktail bar, now with an outpost in Soho and Chiswick.
Must-Try: Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich.
56 Wardour St., W1D 4JF; 020 7437 8338

Blue Plate
What: An old-fashioned American comfort-food restaurant in Chiswick from the boys behind next-door bakery Outsider Tart.
Must-Try: Buffalo wings with blue-cheese dressing; slow-cooked Texas brisket.
85 Chiswick High Rd., W4 2EF; 020 7096 1609

Anna Mae's 
What: Streetside comfort food served from a 1950s-style trailer with a mission to 'put some South in your mouth.'
Must-Try: Pimped-up mac 'n' cheese with witty names like Kayne Western (hot dog, BBQ sauce and chives) or Don Macaroni (pesto, crispy bacon and basil).
Various locations

Joe's Southern Kitchen and Bar
What: Louisiana-style food in a three-story converted warehouse in Covent Garden.
Must-Try: Beer-can chicken — tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, and served on its own carving trolley.
34 King St., WC2E 8JD; 020 7240 4008