Several months ago, I posted about London’s best American comfort food. Tex-Mex, Burgers & BBQ, although scarce in foreign metropolises, serve as integral antidotes to culinary nostalgia. This summer, another BBQ joint hit the scene: Pit Cue, a temporary mobile food cart located beneath the Hungerford Bridge, has garnered a cult following during its short stay beside the Thames.
Menu items change daily but regularly include pulled pork, beef brisket, rotisserie chicken and/or wings, and several classic Southern sides. Don’t let the limited menu fool you. Pitt Cue is helmed by Jamie Berger, whose mother hails from Georgia, and Tom Adams, who formerly worked at Blueprint Cafe and The Ledbury. Berger and Adams understand BBQ textures and flavors, although the latter is muddled by Pitt Cue’s decision to serve all food items in one container. I guess that’s the price you pay for quick, affordable, and surprisingly authentic BBQ in central London.
If you’re in the mood for some libations, order a Pickle Back (a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice, a favorite in NYC), along with a cold beer (Pitt Cue has three British IPAs on tap).
A few tips before making your visit: head to Pitt Cue for lunch Wednesday thru Sunday (open daily from 11am), because food often sells out by evening, although it’s technically open ’til 10pm. Don’t forget to visit the cash point before arriving: PC is cash only. Finally, HURRY! Pitt Cue closes in early September, although we fans can only hope the mobile endeavor finds a permanent home.
For more information, visit Pitt Cue on Twitter (@PittCueCo).