The 101 most iconic restaurant dishes in America

Iconic dishes occupy a lofty position in the American culinary landscape. They’re the dishes that we make pilgrimages to, the ones that are on The Great Foodie Bucket List, the ones that you can’t leave town without trying. They’re dishes that in many cases can only be found at one restaurant, and those experiencing them for the first time do so in quiet reverence. They’re the dishes that really are that good. In other words, these are the 101 dishes that you really should make an effort to try at some point.

 

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Can Taste Be Subject To Copyright?

Chefs and avid restaurant diners may want to follow an issue that has the legal community abuzz. A new and curious recent court ruling over cheese has broad ramifications for the food industry as we know it.

The question at hand: is it possible to copyright taste?

Although the subject matter of sensory copyright is vast and often confusing to those outside the legal community, the case of Heks’nkaas (“witches’ cheese”) is an interesting one. According to the company, Levola, who bought the recipe for the cheese spread from a local grocery in 2011, it should be allowed to copyright its cheese spread due to its unique taste. The case was initially dismissed, but has been brought before another court, The District Court in The Hague to revisit the ruling.

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Channel your inner Thor at this Viking restaurant in Australia

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It might be thousands of miles from Scandinavia, but this Viking-themed restaurant offers a contemporary interpretation of Norse traditions Down Under.

Mjølner restaurant first originated in Sydney and there’s a recently opened outpost in Melbourne, named after Thor’s famous hammer.

Of course, Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, is a proud Aussie and featured in a recent Crocodile Dundee-themed tourism ad for Australia, so it’s only fitting the feasting halls of Asgard are being recreated in Oz.

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How Southern Food Has Finally Embraced Its Multicultural Soul

Oscar Diaz of the Cortez in Raleigh, N.C., which has become an exemplar of new Southern cuisine

The signs of a Nuevo South are impossible to miss at Jose and Sons, a buzzy restaurant inside a former train depot in downtown Raleigh, N.C. On a window on the side of a door, Hola Y’all flows in a jolly green script, while Hecho en Raleigh snakes across the bar in big block letters.

The slogans are a preview of a menu that seamlessly melds Southern and Mexican classics–think collard-green tamales, pork chops rubbed in al pastor spices, pimento cheese enlivened with chicharrones. “We’re not being ‘authentic’ Mexican, we’re not being ‘authentic’ Southern,” says the 32-year-old owner, Charlie Ibarra. “It’s just who we are.”

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This restaurant gives refugees a chance at a new life

This restaurant gives refugees a chance at a new life

Food is, of course, sustenance. But one local restaurant has shown it can also give immigrants a shot at a new life.

Emma’s Torch, a new eatery in Carroll Gardens, not only serves dinner six nights a week and brunch on the weekend, it also trains refugees in its kitchen and helps them find work.

“It kept on ringing in my head this idea that food can really be used to create bridges … to do so much more than just feed people,” says Kerry Brodie, 28, who started Emma’s Torch as a pop-up in Red Hook last summer, then re-opened it in May at a permanent location on Smith Street.

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Yelp Will Now Show You Restaurant Hygiene Scores

It’s getting a lot easier to avoid getting violently ill from food poisoning, and to see just how divey your favorite dive bar is.

Yelp announced today that the platform will start featuring hygiene scores of restaurants alongside reviews, photos, and other information. As of today, the feature is available in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC, but Yelp says it intends to roll the initiative out in other states soon. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of U.S. restaurants should have their hygiene scores listed publicly on Yelp.

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Here Are Three Top Ways That Restaurants Have Changed Since The Great Recession

You might think restaurants are struggling, given the number of famous and franchised places that have closed lately. In fact, the industry itself has fared well since the Great Recession.

But, some key things are different, according to the trade publication Restaurant Business. Jonathan Maze, RB’s executive editor, looked at 10 ways restaurants have changed since the economy tanked in 2008 and 2009.

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10 vegan menu items you need to try at your favorite fast-food chains

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Eating out as a vegan can difficult. Salads get boring and sandwiches stuffed with lettuce and not much else are bland and unappetizing. Luckily, popular fast food chains like Taco Bell and Domino’s have started catering to a vegan-specific audience. Although the options are limited, this is a delicious step in the right direction.

We rounded up some of the vegan options you can take advantage of at your favorite chains.

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