I love the food in Singapore – all different varieties really. I love the diversity of options you can find; I love the quality, and how there is always something new and exciting opening up. However, every once in a while as an American living in Singapore, crave a meaty, hearty, familiar taste of America.
Over the years I have spent a lot of time scouring the island for the ‘best of’ when it comes to American-style food. So let your resident American contributor take you on a regional tour of America and tell you exactly where you can get your fix around Singapore.
The Midwest region is primarily known for one thing – beef. The region really knows how to grill burgers and cook BBQ.
1. MeatSmith (closed)
MeatSmith hits all the markers for me in a great BBQ joint – authentic smokers, a spicy sauce and thick juicy brisket. Although it is a touch on the high-end spectrum as compared to the standard dodgy American BBQ joint, the taste, ambiance and pickle-back whiskey shots make it pretty darn authentic in my book.
MeatSmith: 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620 | Tel: 6221 2262 | Website
2. Smokey’s BBQ
Smokey’s is the place to go to kick back and relax, get your hands dirty and have a down-home BBQ dinner. Smokey’s puts forth a lot of effort to make their BBQ taste as authentic as they can – they even import the wood chips used to smoke the meat from the USA. The portions are also American-sized (meaning large) so you will get your moneys worth.
Smokey’s BBQ: 73 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427790 | Tel: 6345 6914 | Website
3. The Market Grill
Market Grill has more than just beef on the menu and just about everything on it is stellar. I enjoy how Market Grill provides an unpretentious vibe with a variety of hearty, well executed comfort foods. The steak is just as good as the lobster and the service is always friendly. A perfect spot if you are unsure of exactly what you are craving.
Read more from our The Market Grill review.
The Market Grill: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642 | Tel: 6221 3323 | Website
I don’t want to insert myself into the great Singapore chicken wings debate, but I have heard from people around town that MEATliquor offers up some excellent wings (Yes, Seth confirms it). What’s better than a big greasy American-styled burger with a side of wings and fries? Maybe throw in some fried pickles for good measure. The hearty, sinful food at MEATliquor will surly put a huge smile on your face.
Read more from our MEATliquor review.
MEATliquor: 99 Duxton Road, Singapore 089543 | Tel: 6221 5343 | Website
I included Roosevelt’s in the Midwestern region for its yummy babyback ribs, juicy burgers and casual All-American diner-style menu. Roosevelt’s offers a large variety of comfort foods including all day breakfast and sweet milkshakes set within a charming laid-back setting – enjoyable morning or night.
You can read more about it in our Roosevelt’s review.
Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar: 331 New Bridge Road, #01-02 Dorsett Residences, 088764| Tel: 6538 3518 | Website
Moving onto the Northeast region, you find the seafood capital of the country. This area knows how to handle its oysters and lobster.
6. Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
Luke’s Chophouse is one of the overall best and most authentic American dining experiences I have had in Singapore. The oysters are flown in direct from Massachusetts and the meat dishes are equally as impressive. While Luke’s is rather pricy, it’s always on my list of places to dine for a special occasion.
Luke’s: 20 Gemmill Land, Singapore 069256 | Tel: 6221 4468 | Website
The lobsters at Pince & Pints arrive fresh from Maine to Singapore two to three times per week. While the whole lobster dishes and tasty, Pince & Pints really nails the classic taste of the lobster roll – a Northeastern delicacy. The crispy, golden fries are an added bonus.
You can read more from our Pince & Pints review.
Pince & Pints: 32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089496 | Tel: 6225 7558 | Website
While RedBank is pretty new to Singapore, I was impressed with their offering of unique Northeastern menu items such as fried oyster biscuits, crab cakes, hush puppies and lobster tails. The homemade dipping sauces give their dishes an extra kick of deliciousness.
Read more about our Redbank review here.
RedBank: 442 Orchard Road #01-02, Singapore 238879 | Tel: 6694 5376 | Website
9. Manhattan Bar Brunch
New York bagels and bloody mary’s, yes please! Not sure what is more Northeastern than that. The brunch at Manhattan in the Regent hotel will cure many of your New York City cravings.
Read more from our Manhattan brunch review.
Manhattan: 1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Singapore, Level 2, Singapore 249715 | Tel: 6725 3377 | Website
Traveling to the southern part of the United States one will find some of the best fried chicken, BBQ and overall classic, comfort dishes. Travel even further south and you will find yourself indulging in the unique flavors of Cajun country.
10. The Beast Southern Kitchen + Bourbon Bar
The Beast, as far as I know, is the only true Southern restaurant in Singapore. I like to come here for the rustic vibe, extensive Bourbon selection and the chicken and waffles, of course. The chicken fried steak is another classic Southern dish not to be missed.
The Beast: 17 Jalan Klapa, 199329 | Tel: 6295 0017 | Website
11. Crab in da Bag
Carb in da Bag is part American cuisine part Asian, but it’s the most authentic Southern, Louisiana-syle Cajun experience offered in Singapore. Dining on huge pots of freshly steamed crustaceans on paper-lined family style tables is representative of the classic crawfish boil.
Crab in da Bag: Big Splash, 902 ECP, 449874 & SportsHub, 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699 | Tel: 6384 3511 | Website
Over to West, many of the costal states are very health conscious and enjoy the perks of a Mediterranean climate and extended growing season. There is an increasing trend of farm to table establishments and a more sustainable way of living.
Need a break from all that yummy BBQ and fried foods? Call up Grain to get fresh salads and grilled dishes delivered to your home or office. Natural ingredients and small batch preparation ensure its health and freshness to the best of their availability. Grain is a health food delivery that serves lunch island-wide, but do not have a physical restaurant in case you guys are wondering.
Grain: | Delivery Tel: 8307 4253 | Website
13. Real Food
Real Food serves up exclusively vegetarian (and some vegan) sandwiches, salads, pasta and noodle dishes, as well as fresh pressed juices. Real Food aims to serve the best organic and ethnically sourced produce while not serving anything that is processed. The cafe also has a small selection of grocery items to help you eat heathy at home.
Real Food: 110 Killiney Road, Tai Wah Building, Singapore 239549 | Tel: 6737 9516 | Website
Although the menu items leans towards Mediterranean cuisine, Artichoke gives off a very West coast vibe with its outdoor seating and large edible garden used in its dishes. The owners of Artichoke are passionate about locally sourced produce, simple ingredients and an eco-friendly approach to restaurant dining.