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Reimagining the Hot Dog

Some of today’s hot dogs still suffer from mystery-meat syndrome in an era when consumers are leery of processed food and demand to know (and pronounce) the ingredients in what they eat. But it’s not time to count out the famous comfort food of Americana. Today’s top dogs answer the call with sustainable and ethical ingredients, minimal processing, elimination of ...

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The Magnificent Meatball Sandwich

While its origins are unknown, the ubiquitous meatball itself is not. At one time, simply a cost-effective way to stretch certain cuts of meat, the humble meatball is now a menu focal point and top-trending ingredient. Meatball sandwiches began showing up on submarine-shaped buns in the Northeastern U.S., while regionally popular ethnic varieties crossed cultural boundaries to reach new palates. ...

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Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

No longer relegated to the children’s menu, grilled cheese has become a creative category onto itself, with varieties that range from the nostalgic American cheese-on-white to premium ingredient-stuffed and fusion-inspired. Grilled cheese is also an equal-opportunity sandwich: it appears on menus found in diners to five-star restaurants nationwide. It’s a simple concept but one that can transcend expectations with a ...

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The Colonial: A Thriving Gastropub with a Taste for Creativity!

The quality food, vast selection of beer, congenial and innovative staff, and inviting atmosphere are elements that continually attract crowds and bring customers back to The Colonial. Court Street Hospitality Group, the entity that owns The Colonial, is made up of five partners, each bringing a unique expertise and fresh perspective to the restaurant. One of the five partners and ...

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The French Dip: Back to Basics

Hot roast beef with a little horseradish sauce or mustard on a French roll and au jus on the side in which to drench it. It comes with mass appeal and culinary nostalgia that must be revered. There’s hardly a simpler or more enduring sandwich than this – and it’s American made. Baguette and au jus notwithstanding, France had nothing ...

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Try a New Take on Fundamental Favorites: BLTs & Club Sandwiches

Timeless American handheld BLTs and club sandwiches have a rich history and have evolved significantly as recipes were passed down and altered over time. These iconic sandwiches draw out feelings of nostalgia and provide an excellent canvas to prepare new and inventive takes to increase appeal and profitability. Build a Better BLT Start with the “B.” Thick-cut slices of cured, ...

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Chicken Sandwich Craze

To some consumers, a chicken sandwich is comfort food. To others, it’s health food. But for operators, it’s high profitability potential and creative opportunity. Inventive takes on chicken sandwiches appear in several popular New York restaurants like Marcus Samuelsson’s Streetbird Rotisserie and David Chang’s Momofuku. Samuelsson’s Crispy Bird Sandwich showcases chicken marinated in coconut milk, ginger, and an Ethiopian spice ...

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5 Things You Can Do NOW to Cut Food Costs

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By David Scott Peters, www.TheRestaurantExpert.com Here are five easy-to-implement systems that will help you weather any economic storm – from the economy to slow tourist traffic – and help your business in the long run. Raise prices. People who eat in your restaurant on a regular basis have come to expect a certain level of quality. If you start offering lesser quality ingredients, ...

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Trends: Purple Power & Street-Food Inspired Dishes

Purple Power As vegetable-centered meals continue to gain popularity, chefs are focusing on unique produce, particularly purple vegetables. Purple is the new green as a wide variety of purple produce provides diners with nutrients and antioxidants as well as bright and tasty options. Prepare oven-roasted slices of purple eggplant and serve over white beans with a lemon caper sauce. Offer ...

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