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Delicious and Patriotic Foods to Eat on the Fourth of July

By Hannah Poss

The 4th of July is coming up so that means that it’s almost time to celebrate. This day commemorates our country’s birthday and so to honor this day, we patriots, celebrate all things American. What better way to celebrate than through devouring classic, old-fashioned, all-American food? Even better, salute this special day by exploring some of America’s newest twists to its beloved classics. While you can never say no to a nice, juicy, traditional cheeseburger or a big bowl of ooey gooey mac n cheese, try some of these revamped classics that are sure to spark some fireworks.

An All-American, Over-Flowing Burger from the Counter

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At The Counter, in Times Square, you can custom build your own classic American burger. Go down the line, step by step, to create a personalized burger to fit your taste. This chain has an incredible range of patty options, toppings and sauces to choose from so even a habitué of this joint will never grow bored.

The Famous, Fun and Tasty Twist on the Classic: The Ramen Burger

Ramen Burger

While you can get pretty creative and funky making your own burger at The Counter, if you haven’t tried the famous ramen burger from Ramen Co. yet, it’s a must-have, so make your way to one of their New York  locations or catch them at the popular Brooklyn food festival, Smorgasburg. This crowd-pleasing combination of a juicy beef patty, sandwiched by pan-fried “buns” made entirely from ramen noodles, still provides the eater with the feel of a traditional American burger patty, but puts a new, creative, Asian-inspired twist on a classic.

A Traditional (and Indulgent) American Dog

Papaya King

Another common American bite perfect for the 4th of July is a hot dog. Who doesn’t love a standard foot long on a doughy bun with just the right ketchup to mustard ratio? In New York, it is especially easy to come across a hot dog. Don’t get caught, however, investing in an average hot dog from the vendors scattered across Manhattan. Instead, make your way to one of Papaya King’s two locations and get yourself “the Original”.

An Authentic Polish Staple Puts a Twist on a Typical American Dish

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Even though a traditional hot dog is always a crowd pleaser, if you’re looking to explore your horizons and broaden your palette, try an authentic Polish kielbasa from the Old Traditional Polish food truck instead. The owners of this food truck are serving up pure Polish kielbasas and pierogis like your grandmother used to make them. So, if you find yourself tired of the well-worn American hot dog, track down the Old Traditional Polish food truck and celebrate July 4th with Poland’s version of the American classic.

Get Down and Dirty with  Katz’s Noteworthy Meaty Sandwiches

Katz's Deli

Another must-have food to celebrate America’s birthday is a legendary Katz’s deli sandwich. This institution has been in place in New York’s historical Lower East Side since 1888 and so their delectable pastrami, brisket and turkey sandwiches (to name just a few) have brought widespread attention to the Manhattan joint. While you may find yourself waiting on a seemingly never-ending line down the block, the wait is beyond worthwhile. There is no better place to get your hands dirty with a stacked pastrami sandwich on old-fashioned rye bread or a noteworthy Reuben sandwich overflowing with sauerkraut than at this famous, Jewish delicatessen.

Get Transported Down South with One of These Southern Inspired Sammies 

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While Katz’s is not a place to skip out on, if you’re seeking out a sandwich shop with a different flavor focus, try Cheeky Sandwiches in New York’s Soho. This place is also a perfect place to celebrate July 4th as it serves up big, hearty sandwiches that Americans love. While Katz’s creates traditional, authentic Jewish deli sandwiches, Cheeky Sandwiches puts a Southern twist on an average deli sandwich. With creations such as vegetable muffalatas and shrimp po-boys, their menu transports you directly to New Orleans. The fried chicken biscuit sandwich is also unmistakably inspired by the South. If you’re in the area, get a much needed dose of Southern hospitality by trying one of Cheeky’s bold sandwiches.

Some of New York’s Finest Cheesy Eats

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While you’re out and exploring these eateries that whip up American originals, make sure to also try S’MAC  to get your fill of the celebrated and beloved cheesy pasta. Also, make your way down a couple blocks to Bleecker Street Pizza to get the true Tuscan style pizza that has become some of New York’s finest. And it’s not even a question as to whether or not these are celebratory foods fitting for July 4th… because have you really ever met someone who doesn’t like mac n’ cheese and pizza? That’s what we thought!

So when you’re looking for inspiration for the best ways to both celebrate the forthcoming July 4th, while keeping your stomach from growling, check out some of these local, all-American joints. Once you’ve covered the traditional American foods mentioned above, make sure to try the other American-inspired foods that take a fun and delicious twist on the more classic dishes.

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Meet the New Truck On the Block: Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

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By Emily Collins

This month, we’re starting a new series called Behind the Food Truck, where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

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Josh Gatewood, the southern gentleman behind Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting the southern gentleman behind New York’s most patriotic food truck, Josh Gatewood. Not only does Josh have making delicious southern fried chicken down to a science; he’s got an incredible story. He chose a life on food stamps and working as a fry cook over being a broker on Wall Street – all for the dream of opening his food truck.

Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, one of the newest food trucks to hit the streets, has been a long time coming. Josh admitted he spent more time thinking about his potential business than focusing on the Series 7. He would “Walk around Wall Street quizzing people, ‘what’s a better name for a chicken restaurant? Yankee’s Chicken or Yankee Doodle Dandy’s?’ ” With a stroke of luck and a $25,000 win from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Josh was able to give his dream some momentum.

Josh’s perseverance and dedication has brought him to where he is today – owning one of New York’s only authentic southern food trucks. Josh is committed to making his food the best it can possibly be and it definitely shows.

Their Winner Winner fried chicken special is everything you would want in a southern dish – juicy, well-seasoned and best of all: big portions. Along with four incredible chicken tenders, it is served with a giant slice of  grilled Texas toast, homemade potato salad and their original Spirit of ’76 sauce. Words cannot properly describe how delicious the Spirit of ’76 sauce is with the chicken tenders and fries. Josh says, “People come back just for the sauce.” At only $8.50, this special is a total “winner.”

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Left: Love Me Tender chicken sandwich |Right: Chicken tenders with fries and Spirit of ’76 sauce

At the end of the day, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s is all about bringing southern hospitality and authenticity to New York City and hopefully expanding to other major cities. Josh said, “It was roller coaster getting here. Sometimes you have those introspective moments you feel super blessed to be doing what you’re doing.”

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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7 Meals Fit for a President

By Rosie O’Regan

In honor of Presidents’ Day, I did some internet research (i.e. Google) on our POTUSes and what they liked to eat. To no surprise, the results showed that our heads of state had very patriotic palates. These dishes range from All-American classics to twists on your old favorites–they’re delicious on their own, but they would sure look good served up on a White House platter!

George Washington, Cherries

Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich from Coolhaus

Our #1 guy, Mr. Washington himself, went down in history books for his honesty by admitting to his father that he had chopped down a cherry tree–“I cannot tell a lie”. Whether or not that’s the whole story, I’m willing to bet that he felled that tree for the delicious cherries that were just out of his reach. Poor George could have satisfied his cherry fix for a lot less trouble by heading over to Coolhaus and snagging one of their cherry cheesecake ice cream sandwiches.

Cheery Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich from Coolhaus

John F. Kennedy, New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder from Le Mirage Cafe

What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Massachusetts born and bred, JFK had a weakness for a steaming bowl of New England Clam Chowder. The president deserves the best of the best, and you just cannot beat Le Mirage Cafe’s New England Clam Chowder.

New England Clam Chowder from Le Mirage Cafe

Richard Nixon, Meatloaf

Open-Faced Meatloaf Sandwich from The Squeeze

Nixon was a fan of the true American classic–meatloaf. Every night was probably meatloaf night when he was in the White House. However, it is possible to get bored of even the most delicious standby so I’d tell the president to run over to The Squeeze and try their open-faced meatloaf sandwich on a raw bread with veggies, lacto-fermented pickles, caramelized onions and BBQ sauce. Mmgood.

Open-faced Meatloaf Sandwich from The Squeeze

Ronald Reagan, Mac ‘n Cheese

Mac & Cheese from The Milk Truck

Good ol’ mac ‘n cheese was at the top of Ronald Reagan’s list. Leading the free world is a big job, so it’s nice to unwind with a classic comfort food. The Milk Truck’s Mac & Cheese will help you refuel and get back to the Oval Office in no time!

Mac & Cheese from The Milk Truck

George W. Bush, Brisket

Big Bad Brisket from Mike N’ Willie’s

Proving that he’s a southern man through and through, George W. Bush’s number one dish is brisket. Whenever he was feeling homesick sitting in that big white house in DC, he undoubtedly asked for a meal that reminded him of the South. Mr. President, I promise that Mike N’ Willie’s Big Bad Brisket will transport your taste buds straight to Texas.

Big Bad Brisket from Mike N’ Willie’s

Barack Obama, Broccoli

Fresh Mixed Vegetables Vegetarian Platter from 99% Vegetarian 

Not sure if this is a ploy to get Sasha and Malia to eat their vegetables, but Obama claims that broccoli is his favorite food. Well, Mr. President, let me let you in on a little secret–broccoli goes great with other vegetables. Expand your palate with 99%Vegetarian’s Vegetarian Platter which is chock full of fresh mixed vegetables. Pair your favorite, broccoli, with cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms and eggplant, topped with a lemon carrot ginger sauce made from pureed carrots. I got your back, Barack.

Fresh Mixed Vegetables from 99% Vegetarian

If you have dreams of sitting in the Oval Office, this Presidents’ Day treat yourself to a meal fit for the leader of the free world. Who knows, one day it might be you making requests from the White House kitchen!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com