- Dudes don't need no alfalfa sprouts, no chia seeds, no mung beans, no avocado, no bean curd, no soy latte, no goji berries...
- Dudes dig gluten and dairy and saturated fat and food wrapped in bread
- Dudes wash everything down with a beer - if it isn't a beer then it sure as hell needs to contain some sugar, some full fat milk or some ice-cream
- When dudes eat they need sport playing in the background; if sport is unavailable then there should be a playlist containing a minimum of 5% Beastie Boys
- Dudes need plenty of elbow room when feeding... else someone's gonna get hurt
Dudes, refuel here:
Fill up with a pile of Dude Food in London
When the owners of Meatliquor started selling their burgers from a van called the Meatwagon, little did anyone know that a junk food revolution was beginning. Now a UK-wide chain (plus a branch in Singapore) their glazed brioche buns filled with juicy beef patties and piled high with cheese and pickles are still a favourite of burger devotees.
Although it's part of the upmarket Soho House Group, it's all about messy burgers here. The menu keeps it simple sticking to cheeseburgers and bacon burgers, plus a veggie option called a 'Dirty Cop-Out'. Wrapped in greaseproof paper, the ingredients have a habit of fusing together with melted cheese, which just makes them even more delicious in our opinion.
It's a meat lovers paradise here, particularly for fans of BBQ. Pulled pork, ribs, bone marrow, steak and ox cheek all feature on the menu, along with a lengthy list of bourbons.
Although they've gourmetised hot dogs by pairing them with grower champagnes, there's no getting away from the fact that they are the ultimate food-truck, artery-thickening junk food. And we mean that in a good way, especially with varieties like the Mac Daddy with macaroni and cheese, and the Sloppy Joe with beef chilli, Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.
Towering burgers filled with thick beef patties, Stilton, chipotle mayo and smoky bacon, vegetable fritters with cucumber yoghurt, and rosemary fries are just a few of the great things that have helped Honest Burgers grow to a total of 12 branches. Plus the ingredients are carefully sourced from British producers.
Next time an American brags to you about their steaks, point them in the direction of Hawksmoor. It's Britain's best steakhouse, the cuts are big, and they have everything - Chateaubriand, Tomahawk, T-bone, rump...you name it. Add creamy Jansson's Temptation, belly ribs or macaroni cheese for a meal to rival any transatlanic feast.
Dirty Bones is where diets go to die. Hotdogs with sauerkraut, burgers topped with mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, deep fried mac balls... need we go on?
Standard comfort food is given a new twist at this diner with bold flavours from around the world. There are lamb ribs with harissa, fried chicken and waffles with sausage gravy, and bavette steak with chimichurri. Popular with Hackney hipsters and the occasional celebrity.
The idea behind Dip & Flip is simple: gravy. Once they've made a rich beef bone broth they use it to dip or soak sandwiches and burgers, which are filled with slices of roast beef, lamb and oodles of condiments. They also serve Canadian speciality poutine - fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.
Along with Dirty Burger, Chicken Shop is another of the Soho House Group's ventures into the world of dude food. Chicken is marinated overnight and cooked on a rotisserie grill, and sides include crinkle cut fries and coleslaw. For pud there's deep filled apple pie and gooey chocolate brownies.