Dip and Flip (Battersea)

Location:  South West (Battersea)

Cuisine: French

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 3/3

Soggy sandwiches – sound appealing? Perhaps not to everyone’s palate but somehow it works.

Dip and Flip are introducing us to the world of the French Dipped Sandwich – slicely thinned beef or lamb, dipped in gravy and served in a fresh bread roll. You get extra gravy on the side to dip the whole sandwich in and then try and stuff the sloppy mess into one’s salivating mouth. Definitely not a place to take a first date! Simple but fantastic. The burgers also impressed as did the huge American oversized thick milkshakes.

The venue is casual enough for the little ones, however we felt the Battersea branch was a little cramped for too many buggies. Highchairs available plus a separate kids menu.

http://dipandflip.co.uk/

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MEATliquorN1

Location:  Islington

Cuisine: American

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 3/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 2/3

Is London sick of the gourmet burger? Can we take more greasy, calorie laden American junk food of hot dogs and cheesy chips? YES says LFM! (Who is eating for 2 at the moment and pretends this is an excuse to consume 1500 calories in one dish).

LFM was left in charge of organising a large, group gathering of 15 people (and 5 babies/toddlers) on Upper St, Islington. The perfect place was Meat Liquor – Not wallet breaking, casual and they take reservations! We were lucky to be blessed with sunny weather and the staff placed our rowdy group in the outside courtyard. Not plush, more alleyway stylee but perfect to let the toddlers roam around.

The burgers were extremely tasty and moist (although we have to say Patty and Bun win the gold medal for burgers in our opinion). Give the mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes a miss (bit stodgy). Chilli fries were indulgent and pretty spicy (adults only).

Go during the day with kids. In the evening, the venue feels dark and more like a nightclub. And the kids might freak out by the uber dark, UV light only toilets..not easy to do a nappy change in that lighting!

http://meatliquor.com/n1/

Pizza Street

Location: West London (Chiswick)

Cuisine: American

Price Range: £

LFM Score: 1/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 2/3

The thick shakes at Pizza Street were fabulous. FULLSTOP. Maybe LFM should end this review here, because frankly it goes down hill from here…

We desperately wanted Pizza Street to be good. Chiswick is crying out for venues like Pizza East – casual family dining specialising with one great dish. So we were excited as we followed the ex-grubby looking Chinese Takeaway site being transformed into an American Pizza joint with trendy hipster East London decor.

LFM attended the soft launch where Pizza Street were offering a reduced menu at half price. Perhaps we should have expected some teething issues, but surely they should have got the basic pepperoni pizza to a certain serve-able standard. The pizza was particularly blackened on the base (chefs not quite mastered the wood fired oven), pepperoni was cut too thick, the cheese was stodgy and the tomato sauce was sparse.

The restaurant layout is clever, squeezing in as many tables as possible into a relatively small floor space (not great if too many buggies present). What we did find bizarre was the vague self service instructions  – A4 paper signs with hastily typed out text – think we were  suppose to crush the pizza boxes that our pizza was served in ourselves and grab our own cutlery and water glasses, but to be honest, we thought these were signs for the staff as the self service zone was situated in the kitchen. #Confusing

Let’s hope things will get better otherwise we may have to resort to Dominos….

http://www.pizzastreet.co.uk/

Chicks n Sour

Location: Shoreditch (Haggerston)

Cuisine: American (Asian influence)

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 5/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3

OK I’m a foodie but I have a soft spot for KFC. I’ll admit it. So when somewhere does deep fried chicken, LFM is there! So we find ourselves in hipster-ville Haggerston where Chicks n Sour have recently opened. Most of the dishes are based upon deep fried chicken, priced around £10 for 2 pieces – expensive compared to the KFC benchmark but oh so worth it! Crisp and tasty batter, succulent chicken and interesting accompaniments like pickled watermelon. The soft whippy ice-cream desert was a bit of a let down compared to the mains.

Chicks n Sour is not really the place to bring a baby (Perhaps older kids). The venue is really laid back and the staff were lovely to our baby, it’s just that the venue is small, the clientele  are young hipsters and the music blares out (fortunately our baby loves reggae music and we brought our own high chair and left the buggy at home – she had a great time!).

http://chicknsours.co.uk/

Stax Diner

Location: West End

Cuisine: American

Price Range: £

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 2/3

Situated just off Carnaby street in Kingly Court, this area has slowly become the place to be for decent food when you need a break from the chaotic streets of Oxford Circus. Stax American Diner comes from the creator of the best cupcakes in London (in our humble opinion), Beas of Bloomsbury. There’s been a saturation of naughty American food outlets in recent years, so we hope Stax can stand out from the rest based on their amazing fried chicken and waffle dish (the unlikely combo DO work!). The popcorn shrimp was also first class. Bit cramped for buggies but high chairs were available in this casual venue.

http://www.staxdiner.com/