Arriving in Fulham Broadway by tube we were surprised by the wide range of restaurant choices in this bustling area of West London, from burgers to sushi, you are spoilt for choice as soon as you leave the tube station. However the restaurant we were heading to is located just off of the main high street on North End Road, since its opening in the start of April 2017, the hype around Stagolee’s has been starting to build. Restaurant owner’s Ashley James (who has trained under a Michelin star chef) and Jordan Harris aim is to bring authentic American Deep South flavours to London.
The intimate restaurant is all about hearty, comfort food, much the same as the feeling you welcomed with when you arrive at the venue. Straight away we were welcomed by a charming Irish waiter who was quick to introduce all members of staff as well offer suggestions to the best dishes. Stagolee’s signature is hot chicken and liquor, with the rest of the menu compact to ensure everything is made to fresh in house, in fact, the only that is not are the fries. While compact, the menu does not lack in options by any means, the range of sides make multiple combinations that each perfectly compliment the chicken main, and to be fair many are strong enough to be main courses themselves.
1. Deviled eggs (£3.95)
It is rare we find a dish in a restaurant that we talk about for days afterwards, but Stagolee’s deviled eggs did that. One of the starter dishes, topped with a diced pickle and the perfect kick of spice.
2.Baked Macaroni Cheese (£4.95)
Macaroni cheese is a king dish to Sam anyway, and this particular Stagolee’s side did not disappoint, you also getting a very generous portion. The Gruyere cheese works perfectly alongside the classic cheddar.
3. Pimento Cheese and Crackers (£2.95)
Our Irish waiter sold this one to us as the perfect comfort food, and essentially that is what it is, it encompasses everything Stagolee’s is about – hearty warmth. The pimento cheese salad is just the right amount of creamy to balance with the crackers.
4. Hot Spinach Chips (£4.95)
We have to hold our hands up and say before this we had never tried an artichoke – turns out they are pretty tasty when baked with Spinach and cheese, then served with salted tortilla chips for dipping, who would have known?
5. Hot Chicken (£5.95)
Yes hot means hot, this dish has some serious heat, damn good heat but heat never the less, for those who are not so brave there is also a buttermilk option, and for those who are as bad as Stagolee there is ‘Tom Devil Hot’. If you are a fan of the hot stuff we recommend ordering the refreshing carrot salad as a side to balance out the taste buds.
Of course, no good meal is complete without an alcoholic beverage and Stagolee’s have got that covered as well with a variety of ‘Moonshine’ cocktails, liquors and beer- all of which chosen due to their deep south roots. In our opinion, Stagolee’s have achieved everything they have set out to do and are filling the gap for damn good fresh American food in the London food scene, we hope as they continue to grow the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere stays the same, something we have found often missing in many central London restaurants.
As we are in the process of planning a Southern state road trip for next spring, I am sure we will heading back many times through the course of the year when in need of some southern inspiration.
We were guest’s of Stagolee’s but all opinions are our own and we cannot wait to visit again very soon!