Lucky Chip (burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork)
The grub: Sure, Lucky Chip’s Naked, Chili and Rude Dogs are good but this place is all about burgers, burgers and burgers. They look appetising, watching them cooking makes your mouth drip, and the juices just go on and on flowing (see blog post from January here). The menu changes but there’s usually a single with cheese (my personal favourite – simple but dangerous), the blue cheese El Chappo often makes an appearance, as does The Sheen (beer soaked onions, Philadelphia, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and aioli). The Eastwood veggie option, made with a Portobello mushroom, is deliciously pungent and surprisingly filling.
The vibe: You’re in the wrong place if you think you can just come for a trough ‘n’ dash. Leave plenty of time to pitch up at the silver and green trailer, queue for your burger (it’s worth it) and then sit on wooden chairs to see it away. Netil Market is set in a rather nondescript market but there are crafts and delicious baked things there too if you’ve got time.
The story: Former bar manager Ben Denner is the man behind this. He started on Lucky Chip last summer in West London having spent 3 months surfing through 70 bakeries to get the right buns and finally settling on a bouncy brioche.. He uses meat from Walter Rose & Son in Devizes (a Hereford-Angus herd from Wiltshire-based Stokes Marsh Farm). Recently opened his own restaurant in Soho to lots of praise.
The tab: Burgers £6.5-8; hot dogs £3.5-5
Get the lowdown: van at 12.30-9pm, Sat at Netil Market, Westgate Street, London Fields, E8; in residency at The Sebright Arms, Coate Street, E2 (Mon-Weds 5pm-11pm, Thurs/Fri/Sat 5pm-Midnight, Sunday 12-10.30pm; or the new restaurant The Player in Soho. Twitter @Lucky_Chip, luckychipuk.com