Why not spend The Fourth of July celebrating the better parts of American cuisine? Here are some places where you can indulge in smoked meats, sweet cocktails or mac-and-cheese burgers this weekend.
Vic’s Meat Market
Thanks to Australia’s largest meat smoker, custom-assembled in, and transported from, central Kansas, Vic’s Meat Market is going all out this Independence Day. With extended trading hours and live blues on site, enjoy one of Vic’s famous Southern-style barbeque sandwiches or smoked turkey and an assortment of American sodas, including Dr. Pepper and root beer. There’ll be a smoked Wagyu burger-eating competition (all you can eat in four minutes).
Extended hours on Saturday July 4 and Sunday July 5, 8am–7pm.
Newtown’s soul food kitchen Miss Peaches is throwing a big Independence Day bash. Chow down on a burger and Freedom Fries to a soundtrack of bluegrass and rockabilly honky-tonk by Ross Tipper and Cruisin’ Deuces. It has an extensive American craft-beer menu and a beer distilled from whiskey, thanks to a collaboration between Batch Brew Co. and Archie Rose Distillery which will be launched on the night.
Saturday July 4, 5pm–late.
The Surry Hills danceteria will salute the flag with a couple of new choices added to its heart-stopping, American-inspired menu, for July 4 only. Try the Return of the Mac, a special hamburger with buns made from deep-fried mac and cheese, a chargrilled beef patty, bacon, cheese, onion and secret sauce. In addition to its vibrant cocktail list is the Abraham Bindrinkin, a concoction of vodka, ginger beer and blue curacao. With the Soda Factory sporting a red, white and blue colour scheme and the opportunity to get down to American classic jams, you’ll be celebrating this Fourth of July in true Yanky style.
Dove & Olive and Keg & Brew
The two prominent Surry Hills pubs are all for July 4 celebrations this year. Down hot dogs (choose between the Chili Dog, the Cheesy Dog or the Bull Dog) at your own pace at both venues, or in competition with others at the Dove & Olive: can you polish off 10 hot dogs and a schooner of Sydney Brewery Rye IPA in under three minutes? For those who want more meat options at Dove’s, grab a bucket of Buffalo wings with blue-cheese dip, or a double cheeseburger with candied bacon, onion, ketchup, aioli and shoestring fries. Try the Struggling Bastard cocktail at Keg & Brew, a mixture of bourbon and gin with ginger beer, lime juice, bitters, topped with a maraschino cherry.
To sign up for the hot dog-eating contest, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vibrant, Southern California-themed SoCal brings American spirit to the North Shore with $10 hot dogs, $10 hot wings and a $6 Fireball, this Saturday only. SoCal’s menu is designed for sharing and its drinks list is definitely worth perusing. Relax in the warmth of the sun in its naturally lit, hanging garden area with a Martini and dream of a Cali summer.
Garden Life St Peters
If you’re looking for something less meaty, try this. Ex-Longrain founder and chef Martin Boetz will launch his new fortnightly pop-up with the Cooks Co-op on July 4. Boetz will sell fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from his own farm in Sackville as well as produce from other farmers around the Hawkesbury region at Richard Unsworth’s Garden Life. Boetz will cook up something special each week and for Independence Day he’ll fire up the barbeque for his own rendition of the classic American hot dog.
Here are some more of Sydney’s best American-inspired bars and eateries.
A funky, retro bar with an authentic ‘50s diner-style fit-out, with bar snacks (popcorn) and sweet cocktails to match.
Taste of Texas
A hidden gem in the Upper North Shore run by US chef Alex Ghersini, specialising in authentic finger-lickin’ Texan Barbeque. Highlights include greasy Texan barbeque ribs and pulled-pork rolls inspired by those of the Carolinas.
For the best of New Orleans in Sydney, hit up The Bourbon for a unique menu boasting a combination of barbeque and Deep South comfort food. Once a haven for homesick US sailors, you can still catch weekly shows reminiscent of New Orleans’ legendary entertainment.
This restaurant in Newtown has a blend of the East and West Coast covered. Hartsyard is New York chef Gregory Llewellyn’s first restaurant and the menu includes dishes ranging from handmade pasta to fried chicken, which can be had with a cup of filter coffee, true American style.