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Reckless and excessive Thanksgiving feasts

A glimpse into how extreme your blowout banquet can get

Reckless and excessive Thanksgiving feasts

Deep And Dark Dirty South

Prepare for fluffed aortas and fraying belt notches at Blues Kitchen Camden’s (NW1) Thanksgiving Bash. Listing what’s on offer is like reciting a rap sheet in a foreign language: you know it’s bad, but you don’t know why. Gumbo, sweet potato pie, candied yams, chestnut stuffing. There’s live music, too.
Excess level: Medium. A storm’s brewing, boy, but will it strike?

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Attempted Sophistication

Less of a Momma’s authentic deep-fried lard vibe, which makes sense coming from Le Coq (N1), an Islington rotisserie restaurant. It is, using the parlance, “American-inspired”, which means the usual delicious fare, only slightly subtler (flame-roasted turkey with green bean casserole). It’s still about as subtle as a foghorn attached to a neon sign.
Excess level: Mild. Take one of your actor friends.

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Sinful Sharing

A sharing platter of impending doom and recrimination lurks at Riding House Cafe (W1). Look, you’ll get your glazed turkey, but this time it’s tag-teaming with truffled mac & cheese. And you’ll get your pumpkin too, only this time it’s BRÛLÉED. Which… is something.
Excess level: Top-tier. Waddle-inducing, sweat-provoking.

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With Added Whiskey

Texas Joe sounds like the sort of bloke who has his own face on the back of a denim jacket. Fantastic. In his meatshack (NW8) you’ve got all the regular foodie stuff to shove down until the tears start to form, but with one bonus: a complimentary “tasting” (come on!) of award-winning Garrison Brothers bourbon.
Excess level: Severe. You’ll be thinking Hounslow is Houston by the end of a night on the fire sauce.

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Profuse Portions

America is a continent of jarring extremes and contradictions. But there are a few universals, including the sheer scale of what they consider a “portion”. Below the Boondocks (EC1) understands this. This is no Thanksgiving meal, this is a banquet. And it’s all for you. Marshmallow & wild mushroom stuffing… If not now, then when? Then when, friend?
Excess level: Marshmallow and wild mushroom stuffing. Marshmallow and wild mushroom stuffing. Marshmallow and wild mushroom stuffing.


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