Best American Restaurants for July 4th Food
This week is the Fourth of July—an excuse to down hot dogs, drink lots of beer and celebrate liberty and justice for all. Token American Kate Springer rounds up a few authentic US outposts so you can get your freedom on.
The Round House Taproom
Barbecue must be accompanied by good beer: That’s just a basic human right. The Round House Taproom delivers both in spades—choose from the authentic Texas barbecue menu, which covers the likes of beef short ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs and homemade sausages by the pound. It’s all smoked with nine-month-old oak wood for 10-12 hours, hence the killer flavor and tender meat. Swipe through the iPad craft beer menu and choose an indie brew to round out your meal.
62 Peel St., Central, 2366-4880.
For Hot Dogs…
Comfort food is sometimes inexplicable—what’s so appetizing about cylindrical chunks of processed beef and pork? You don’t have to understand it, but hot dogs are a longstanding tradition around July 4
cookouts: Up your game a bit with a gourmet take on the classic at Pop It! The eatery serves up dogs in all flavors—spicy, cheesy, sriracha, you name it—alongside staple sides including deep-fried jalapeños,
fries and coleslaw.
Shop A, 4 Sun Chun St., Tai Hang, 2388-1600.
For Fried Chicken…
Jack’s Fried Chicken
We were about to tell you to join in on Restoration’s legendary “All You Can Eat” fried chicken deals on Tuesdays, and then we remembered that chef Jack Carson has opened up Jack’s Fried Chicken—his own southern fried chicken shack in K-Town. Expect his signature Cajun-spiced, crispy battered chicken, but do save room for sides like bacon and onion rings. Snag one of the three bar stools in the tiny shack—you’re in for a treat.
78-86 Catchick St., Kennedy Town, 2755-5547.
Not all ribs are created equal, and the racks at Magnolia are the best we’ve had in the eastern hemisphere: Magnolia does dirty South cooking without holding back. The only problem is the epic portions, although most
Americans would consider that a total non-issue. Expect platters of sweet potato mash, fried okra, gumbo, crumbly corn bread and a stack of ribs as tall as Lady Liberty herself. This private kitchen fills up fast, so grab some friends, BYOB and let the good times roll.
17 Po Yan St., Sheung Wan, 2530-9880.
Butchers Club Burger
We try every new burger spot in town, but we keep finding ourselves back at the Butchers Club Burger. It’s not just because the burgers are the best in town—thanks to juicy bacon, dry-aged Black Angus beef, perfectly pink middles and minced-to-order patties—but they also have all of our other favorite American sides: root beer floats, indulgent duck-fat fries and Pabst Blue Ribbon. If the bacon cheeseburger is too predictable for you, choose a more creative concoction from the not-so-secret “secret” menu. The butchers have also
just launched a weekday lunch and happy hour delivery service that’ll bring burgers, soft drinks and Peronis to your Central office.
Two locations including G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale St., Wan Chai, 2552-8281, thebutchers.club.
May the 4th Be With You
Stone Nullah Tavern and Little Burro have teamed up to celebrate American Independence Day with a checklist of obligatory indulgences: line up for fried chicken, slowcooked honey glazed ribs, burgers, hot dogs, Little Burro tacos, and most importantly: free-flow margaritas, whisky smashes, iced lemontinis and PBR. Sounds like a July 4th for the history books.
$550, including free-flow. July 4, 1-5pm. Stone Nullah Tavern, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, 3182-0128.