Rita"s began as a pop-up restaurant in East London from 2012-2013. Founded by a group of four friends, the menu is as varied as their personalities, showcasing what the group set out to present as simply 'the best bar food they could think of'. Signature dishes such as the famous buttermilk fried chicken roll became standout but the restaurant menu has now evolved from bar food, maintaing the ethos of simple, good quality well made dishes. Head Chef Gabriel Pryce, after a five year stint working in NYC brings his interests in both classic American fare and the food from more far flung reaches so readily available in such a city to the menu and style of food created at Rita's, Adapting these influences to working with fantastic suppliers and seasonal, English produce along with the skill and experience of newest addition to the Rita's family, Andrew Clarke, (previously of Salt Yard).
Venue Details & Map
175 Mare StreetDalstonLondonE8 3RH
- Public transport:
- London Fields, National Railway
Did Rita's for brunch a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. The blood orange mimosas were absolutely divine. The chicken & waffles were decent; preferred the chicken to the waffle which was a bit dry.more
There seems to be a number of restaurants popping up in London who serve "American style ____". Being American, I like to roll the dice on these to see if I can't quell a craving from back home.
Rita's serves "American style diner fare", albeit a slightly more upscale take on this concept. Not too many diners have duck on the menu....
We went for brunch on a recent rainy weekend. The setup...more
I love Rita's. Last night the four of us started with blood orange margaritas, sake hi-balls and the usual but always delicious frozen ritas. Their drinks are mixed perfectly. With a balance of booze, sweet, salty and tart that always hits the spot.
After a few drinks we shared some fried cheese, black sauce wings, buffalo wings, tostadas, a few chicken rolls, a patty melt, green chilli mac...more
Coming from the states and spending time on the border of the south, I'm a big fan of chicken and waffles. Easy my top five comfort food of all time. The combination of sweet and savoury, all before 10am? Bring it on.
So when an Unconventional Breakfast event was set up to go try this American eatery, I was all in. A little taste of home? Yes please.
We got to the spot about 10 minutes...more
Om nom nom.
Yelp has quite a lot of American reviewers, but I'm not one of them, so I must confess I have never eaten a combination of fried chicken and sweet waffles. The idea would probably have never even come into my head if I didn't have yelp friends to tell me about it. Therefore I have absolutely no idea if this tastes like it should in the American South...but I know I like it.