Happy Fourth of July, Jinners!
The Fourth of July is a great excuse to eat burgers, drink root beer and generally gorge yourself on classic American food. So to help you out, we’ve compiled a lip-smacking list of our favourites in London. This food may have originated from across the pond, but our genies are dedicated enough to get it to you in just under an hour.
New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from the British Empire back in 1776. New York is also famous for its pizza, and nobody does it better than NY Fold.
We recommend the “Starry Hope Slice”: a fat stripe of New York style pizza piled high with meatballs, onion, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, infused with pesto and then stone-baked to perfection.
As a bonus, if you spend over £25 (which is easily done) they’ll throw in free wedges too!
Philadelphia is the home of the Liberty Bell, which rang out in the square of Pennsylvania’s capital to announce the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Today, let Philadelphia ring through another your senses with London’s best Philly Cheesesteaks.
Trust us, Liberty’s are the real deal: officially the only authentic Philly steak in the capital, marrying a traditional South Philadelphia recipe with locally-produced, bespoke “wiz” cheese. Don’t believe us, watch them making it here.
Massachusetts. One of the thirteen states to declare independence in 1776 and, coincidentally, the birthplace of our favourite American donut house, Dunkin’ Donuts. Yes, these links will only get more tenuous as we go on…
We recommend that you celebrate by ordering a box of 50 Munchkins: one delicious mini-donut for each American state. “But how will I eat them all?”, we hear you ask. Certainly not with a knife and fork, we would reply, if our mouths weren’t already full with Munchkin number 39. If only America had fewer states…
Historical fact: a love of dogs can transcend the divisions of historical battles.
1778. Two years into the Revolutionary War, opposing generals George Washington and General Howe retire from battle for the night. Just as Washington is leaving the battlefield, he turns around to find his enemy’s dog trotting along behind him. Whether the pooch was confused, cowardly, or simply a shrewd opportunist trying to get on the right side of history, we’ll never know. At any rate, he happened to have his name tag on, and so Washington courteously returned him to his English owner with a flag of truce and an apologetic note.
Just as Washington did, Hungerdog are sending their delicious hot dogs back to the British. Offering a range of beef, pork and veggie options, Hungerdog is the best place to wolf down tasty and authentic hot dogs in London.
For those Loyalists who like their pizzas with a British flourish, we direct you to Wedge Issue’s selection of London-branded pizzas.
We usually go for the fancy “Shoreditch”, a four cheese pizza with gorgonzola, mozzarella and ricotta, topped with shavings of vegetarian parmesan. Don’t forget to wash it down with some of their delicious local craft beer.
Two of America’s seven Founding Fathers were called John — and what better way to celebrate this little-known fact by ordering pizza from another great American daddy, Papa Johns’!
Feeling carbed out after those six all-American heavyweights? Cleanse and recharge with Little H’s Sunny State inspired selection of health foods.
Ever since we slurped our first, we’ve been California dreamin’ about Little H and their superfood smoothies. Little H is the perfect way to boost you through the week.