Apart from a Hermès handbag, there’s no better use for a dead cow than one of Ed’s Easy Diner burgers. Now in its 20th year in Soho, Ed’s was the original place in the capital to enjoy an authentic 1950s style diner experience with all the Americana trimmings. Ed’s operates a no-nonsense service policy—swift, unfussy and always with a smile. So grab a seat, order to your specifications and pop 20p in one of the table-top jukeboxes to choose a soundtrack to dine by. The main menu does not offer much other than burgers, but then again, it doesn’t need to. Carnivore or veggie varieties are available with a lip-smacking selection of sides, including five different types of fries and Ed’s special ‘atomic’ chilli-cheese-laden onion rings.
It’s almost rude to eat in Ed’s and not enjoy one of their shakes. We like the butterscotch malt variety—surely a milkshake as God intended a milkshake to be—80% ice cream, 15% milk/ice and the option of a hefty, thick swirl of malt. It’s the sweet taste of lactose paradise in a glass, and the lovely folks at Ed’s give you two large servings. Ed’s is the ultimate in American post-industrial ingenuity available abroad in the 21st century. A relic of a bygone era, but still hugely popular today, Ed’s has its fair share of celeb fans. In fact, we swear we saw Elvis flipping 145 grams of lean, ground steak in the open kitchen.