Elizabeth W. Jernigan

The Most Popular Foods of the Last 70 Years

Colorful Cupcakes with Candy Sprinkles

LauriPatterson/istockphoto

Impossible burgers, farm-to-table restaurants, charcoal-flavored ice cream, and White Claw have all had their breakthrough moments over the past decade. But many of the foods that today we think of as old hat were au courant when they first broke big. Take a wander through the past 70 years, and see which of your Thursday night staples were once big news.

Related: Food Trends That Need to Stop

general tso’s chicken with rice, american chinese cuisine isolated on white background

bonchan/istockphoto

Chinese food first made its way to the United States in the mid-1800s, via Chinese prospectors and railroad workers. It wasn’t until the post-war period of the 20th century

Read More

San Francisco is America’s most underrated chicken wing destination

Hot take: San Francisco is an underrated chicken wing city. There, I said it.

But it’s not just me saying it; the chicken wing game has some backers amongst chefs, too. “Everyone is so talented right now. Like everyone is guns blazing. It’s good to see,” said Shawn Naputi, chef and co-owner of Prubechu in the Mission.

Other cities obviously have a bigger reputation for wings, of course. Buffalo, New York, is the namesake of the fried drums and flats drenched in a mixture of hot sauce and butter. Atlanta is known for the lemon pepper category of wings. Washington,

Read More

Elephant East to Open this Fall in the Harwood District; Meet the Chef

An adventurous new pan-Asian concept is landing in the Harwood District. Elephant East will open its doors later this fall and will be spearheaded by chef Thomas Griffin.

Hailing from Cape Cod, Griffin spent years working as a chef in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington. After chats with Harwood International director of operations Stan Rodrigues, he moved to Dallas last year where he was Dolce Riviera’s executive chef.


“Opportunity arose in Dallas and I wanted to jump out,” Griffin says. “I knew I wanted to come out toward the west. I believe in the food scene out

Read More

23 Traditional Hispanic Foods Most Americans Don’t Know About (But Should)

ecuadorian encebollado

pxhidalgo/istockphoto

Mexican food is so popular in the United States that tacos and salsa are as ubiquitous as hamburgers and ketchup. But there’s a huge amount of other Hispanic food to explore, from lesser-known regional Mexican specialties to stews developed on a Chilean archipelago and everything in between. Here are traditional foods from Spanish-speaking countries you probably don’t know about, but will want to try ASAP.

Related: 11 Top Latin American Restaurants Across the U.S.

pupusas on plate with slaw and red sauce

Jestin Korsgaard/istockphoto

Origin: El Salvador
A pupusa is a thick, round cake made of corn masa flour and cooked on a griddle. They’re eaten without

Read More