So, this post was meant to be a salad recipe. Something fresh and healthy and January-appropriate.
But then things didn’t quite go according to plan, and before I knew it, we were reaching for the infamous Lucky Chip burger menu at The Old Queen’s Head. #epicfail
Or was it? Because when burgers look that good, there’s really no room for regret or second thoughts.
But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself there, so let’s go back to the beginning.
The Old Queen’s Head looks pretty much like any other pub on Islington High Street. Buzzy, busy and a bit hip.
But a little neon sign in the window kind of spills the beans about why on earth they’re so rammed ALL THE TIME.
They do have an amazing drinks selection and an excellent bar team, that’s a given.
But on top of that, they serve up some of the best burgers in London, from burger genius Lucky Chip.
We were there for the food but couldn’t resist a glance at the cocktail menu.
Which obviously resulted in us not being able to not get one. But then, if you have an Earl Grey Sour as your first entry, you’ll always win.
Not that I really mind losing if I get a gin-spiked version of the best iced Earl Grey I’ve ever had.
The Gingerbread Sazerac, an excellent choice if you’re after something grown-up with just a hint of sweetness.
In terms of food,we went for two diametrically opposite burgers.
The classic Royale with Cheese.
The traditional quarter-pounder burger, bursting with thick-cut bacon, American cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, ketchup, mustard and burger sauce…
… and both the best and the messiest damn cheeseburger I’ve ever had in my entire life.
The John Candy (double beef patty, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion and cream soda BBQ sauce) was far less traditional.
If you had told me a few years ago that some day in the near future, I would be eating a burger that tasted of beef with a hint of vanilla Coke, I would have laughed in your face.
And I would have been wrong. Because this is the wonkiest, most brilliant burger sauce I’ve ever tried.
Obviously, not getting fries wasn’t an option.
Even less so when they come covered in cheese and hot mayo.
Don’t even try to resist it. And order one portion each.
When it’s that good, go big or go home. And it really would be a shame to go home without a belly full of London’s best burgers, fries and happiness.