Pitt Cue Co. took me surprise. I’d heard a lot of good things about this Southbank food truck-turned-Soho basement restaurant, but there was a part of me that remained dubious. Authentic, fairly-priced, ridiculously delicious Southern barbeque in central London? Sounds a bit suspect. And I was.
But a recent Thursday visit to Pitt Cue Co. surpassed all my expectations, and then some. I anticipated an hour-long wait in the notorious lunchtime line, but found myself seated and served in the space of fifteen minutes. I waited to be underwhelmed by the side dishes – a fresh green chilli slaw, a rich, decadent bone marrow mash – but absolutely wasn’t. I insisted that I wouldn’t be able to finish my heaving tray of smoky beef ribs and sharp, crunchy pickles, but did so with ease. The only part of the Pitt Cue Co. package that I didn’t put to the test was the selection of bourbon-heavy cocktails and peanut butter-heavy desserts, both of which I’ve heard are pretty delicious. I can believe it.