Viva La Americana
By Noel Daniel
The Fourth Of July is couched in by weeks of heat, pool parties, barbecues, and American flag-branded merchandise from sea to shining sea. That’s why we decided to get patriotic and offer up some of our favorite eateries that make us think about brews, honeydews, and barbecues. Whip out your sparklers, don your sunnies, and get ready for some American summer eats.
Their ice cream is fresh and handcrafted—just like those barrels of homemade ﬂavors that would sit out under the hot sun at your Independence Day barbecue. They serve up down-home ﬂavors like Pecan Praline and Butter Brickle, along with some that are sure to tickle your nostalgic taste buds, like Rocky Road and Bubble Gum. Order up a 50/50 Sundae with orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream with marshmallow topping. Or channel your inner sock-hop loving retro buff and buy a malt to split with whoever will encourage your poodle skirt addiction.
This is one tap house you should visit a few times—just to get the whole picture. Stocked with sweet and savory Chicken + Wafﬂes, smoky and hot Beer Cheese Fries made with Habanero Sculpin IPA Infused Cheese Sauce, and zesty Fire Wings, 10 East is the perfect place to take a group of friends and enjoy a brew. And don’t miss their special brick oven pizzas, like Piney the Younger, a superb pie featuring garlic sauce, fontina, gorgonzola, mozzarella, thyme parmesan, pine nuts, thin red onion, tomato, and basil.
If you’ve got a hankering for a piping hot, All-American hot dog, then make a trip down to Main Street in Turlock. Known for juicy links, fresh tomato, and plenty of cheese, these masters of the grill cook up classics like you wouldn’t believe. Treat yourself to a chili dog or a bowl of their crisp taco salad. Top your dog with anything from jalapeños and avocado to mozzarella and pepperoni.
Mr. Pickle’s » Turlock
What’s more American than a meaty sandwich and a side of chips with a cold soda? Stop by Mr. Pickle’s for a lunch that’s perfect to take to a park for a day of frisbee and playing with your dog. We’d recommend the BLAT: the Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato. The savory combination of dutch crunch bread and Mr. Pickles’ signature garlic sauce compliments the mountains of smoked bacon and fresh avocado. Mouth watering yet?
Never tried Mr. T’s? Well you’d better make plans to—it is, after all, the 13th best donut shop in the whole U. S. of A. In a survey conducted by Business Insider for National Donut Day, Mr. T’s ranked in the Top 15 across the nation. With round-the-clock hours and fresh-tasting donuts, how could it not? Try their glazed donut, a local favorite and a staple in the donut world. Or test one of their cake donuts with sprinkles. But our personal favorite has to be the maple bar topped with bacon. When it comes to Mr. T’s, though, it’s impossible to make a choice that’s anything less than delicious.
What began as a downtown taproom and a dream blossomed into a massive brewery with an expansive list of beers and ﬁnger-lickin’ food. Try some ﬁsh tacos with warm ﬂour tortillas, grilled or fried cod, lettuce, pico, and Tapatio ranch. Or, if you’re looking for a burger, try the Cali on for size: it features Jack cheese, sprouts, tomato, sweet onions, house made guacamole, Applewood smoked bacon, and cilantro lime aioli.
This new contender to the Modesto food scene is already a local legend. Serving up pizzas on house made dough and quickly becoming known for their sidedish of crunchy tots, we think their burgers are an American dream. These behemoths come with Painted Hill Farms beef and tots with sour cream and onion Tot Sauce. Just request a Royale with Cheese—yes, really—and enjoy a juicy burger dripping with lager mustard, dill pickles, leaf lettuce, a fried egg, and cheddar and American cheese.
If you’re looking for that homemade, straight-from-grandma’s kitchen diner, then Latif’s is your go-to. They serve hotcakes, wafﬂes, and French toast straight from the griddle. They also have your choice of sandwiches or a heaping plate of chicken-fried round steak served with country gravy. And to top it all off, you should really try the pie. With fruit pie ﬂavors ranging from apple and boysenberry to peach and rhubarb and cream pies spanning coconut and chocolate