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LAF in the A.M. March 3rd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY!

Every State’s Best Burger

The Best Cookies in NYC

8 Classic Eateries in Indianapolis

Changes Coming to Sally Bell’s in Richmond VA

Every State’s Best Burger

Burgers are hot right now. Really hot. And better than ever. Find out just how good they can be in this roundup of the best burger in every U.S. state, from Tommy’s Burger Stop of Anchorage Alaska, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s MacPhail’s Burgers. Along the way you’ll encounter two of our favorites: the double from Workingman’s Friend in Indianapolis, and the astounding butter burger from Solly’s in Milwaukee.

The Best Cookies in NYC

Jacques Torres recipe will win you over from the Toll House side.

Jacques Torres’ chocolate chip cookies, made with his own chocolate!

Learn about five places in New York City where you can get extraordinary cookies. And who doesn’t need an extraordinary cookie every now and then?

8 Classic Eateries in Indianapolis

The keys to the fried chicken at Hollyhock Hill of Indianapolis, named one of America's 21 best fried chickens: fresh bird, flour coating, and lard.

The keys to the fried chicken at Hollyhock Hill of Indianapolis, named one of America’s 21 best fried chickens: fresh bird, flour coating, and lard.

Here are eight long-time Indianapolis restaurants that the Indianapolis Star says are still good. Hollyhock Hill has been frying chicken since 1928; Mug n Bun‘s been making its own root beer since 1960; Iron Skillet‘s been pan frying chicken since 1953. The Workingman’s Friend (see top story) opened in 1918! See the story for the full list.

Changes Coming to Sally Bell’s in Richmond VA

Alton Brown's turkey sandwich box lunch from Sally Bell's Kitchen in Richmond, VA

Sally Bell’s is known for their exquisite boxed lunches.

Sally Bell’s Kitchen of Richmond, Virginia was originally opened in 1924 as Sarah Lee Kitchen. The third generation of the family took over the reigns in 1985. Just last week, they learned they are the first Virginia restaurant to earn the honor of being named one of America’s Classics by the James Beard Foundation. The owners say business had already been picking up before the award: “”I guess with the foodie revolution in Richmond, we’ve kind of become relevant again.”

Sally Bell's Kitchen's building was sold and, eventually, they will have to relocate.

Sally Bell’s Kitchen’s building was sold and, eventually, they will have to relocate.

Last year, the building they’ve done business in since the beginning was purchased by Virginia Commonwealth University, which means they will have to relocate, but not for at least two more years. They are talking about the possibility of offering very informal sit-down dining for the first time when they do finally move.

2 Comments

  1. This may be the first food list that I’m not furious over after reading! I agree with almost all the places I’ve visited and am VERY intrigued over the rest.

    • Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

      March 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      I assume you are talking about the burgers, not the cookies or Indy places. I agree, to the extent that all the places they named that I’ve been to have been very good, and I could see someone naming it the best, even if I don’t think so. Can’t ask for any more than that (no inane choices) from a food list!

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