I was very lucky to spend some time in the great United States of America recently. Let’s not pretend, I pretty much ate and drank my way through the entire country. It was a dream.Without further a do, here’s some good old fashioned American food porn and restaurant recommendations.
- Name: Acre
Address: 690 S Perkins Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
How expensive: Expensive. Go for a treat, or if someone else is paying :o)
For: Great fish, and lovely (strong!) cocktails
Address: 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103
How expensive: Like a slightly more expensive Nandos. But the beer comes in a jug.
For: The best dry ribs you’ll probably ever eat. Trust me, just go. If it’s good enough for Princes William and Harry…
- Name: East End Grill
Address: 7956 Winchester Rd, Memphis, TN 38125-2306
How expensive: The American version of a slightly fancier Wetherspoons..
For: Reliable, standard pub food.
- Name: Hearthstone
Address: 130 S Ridge Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Price: Expensive. Go for a treat.
For: Beautifully cooked fish and meat; small but lovely desserts.
- Name: McDonalds (don’t judge me, it had to be done)
Address: Every freakin’ street corner
How expensive: Cheap and cheerful
For: A quick bite. The quality is not quite as good as in the UK, but is still reliable (if you’re amenable to that sort of thing)
Address: 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
How expensive: No more than a similar English version
For: Afternoon-tea, American-style. I must say, it wasn’t quite as good as Betty’s in York, but service was great and the atmosphere was relaxing. The Peabody Ducks are the real highlight, and march from the lobby fountain every day at 5pm. Intelligent ducks, what’s not to love?
Weird American snacks
- Food: Elk Steak Jerky
From: Denver, CO
Why and what: Because you can’t go to Denver and not try elk. Think beef jerky but thicker. Strangely addictive (and fantastic protein, if you’re that way inclined).
- Food: Cake pops
Why and what: Moist bite-sized pieces of cake on a stick. Perfection?
- Food: Original Cheesecake
From: The Cheesecake Factory (via Starbucks, Barnes & Noble)
Why and what: Because cheesecake makes the world a better place. It wasn’t quite as good as Gail’s Bakery, but still up there as an out-of-body experience.
- Food: Birthday Cake M&Ms / Peanut Butter M&Ms
Why and what: Because they sounded inappropriately weird. I just had to try them. My body go into sugar-shock before half the packet was gone, and boy was it good.