17 Iconic Restaurant Foods That Ship Nationwide
As long as the status of travel remains in flux, we'll be ordering foods from many of the cities we wish we could visit this year. Thanks to platforms like Goldbelly, it's become wildly easy to eat, say, your favorite Chicago hot dog while living in Philadelphia, or your favorite Philadelphia cheesesteak while living in Chicago.
If you're interested in livening up your weeknight dinners (or supplementing all that great sourdough you're making), here are some of the best, most iconic restaurant foods that will ship straight to your door, from all across the country.
Sicilian Square Pizza from Di Fara
From: Brooklyn, NY
Go with a classic Neapolitan pie, or get indulgent with a thick Sicilian square pie topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fior di latte, Parmigiano-Reggiano, tomato sauce, and "scissor cut basil" from owner Domenico De Marco's garden. Whatever you order, you're in for some of the best pies in New York (and arguably the most famous).
Portillo's Hot Dogs
From: Chicago, Illinois
The famous Chicago hot dog shop is shipping their dogs and everything you need to assemble them, including poppy seed buns, kosher pickles, and their special seasoning. (There will absolutely not be any ketchup.) They're also selling Italian beef sandwiches, a "Maxwell St. Polish" package, chocolate cake, and more.
Roast Pork Sandwich from John's Roast Pork
From: Philadelphia, PA
Don't get it twisted—the roast pork sandwich is the best sandwich from Philadelphia, and John's Roast Pork makes the very best one. Though, to be fair, their cheesesteak is the best in its class, too. So, to be balanced, you should order the package that sends you four of each sandwich, so you don't have to choose. Note: They're huge. (You can choose your bread, and we strongly encourage you to go with the traditional seeded.)
Ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse
From: St. Louis, MO
The iconic smokehouse's Memphis-style ribs are pure magic. The dry-rubbed, slow-smoked ribs arrive at your door fully cooked and frozen, accompanied by a bottle of their "Famous Jane's Sweet Barbecue Sauce." (If you want more than ribs, there's a package that includes pulled pork.)
Guava and Cheese Pastry from Porto's Bakery
From: Los Angeles, CA
"Porto’s, famous for both sweet and savory Cuban food, has two greatest hits: guava-and-cheese strudels and picadillo-filled potato balls. These strudels are perfect: flaky and airy and fruity and sweet, but not too sweet. The potato balls, coated in panko and deep-fried, are pure comfort, filled with mashed potatoes, ground beef, peppers, onions, and spices." - F&W contributor Andy Wang, "I Can't Stop Ordering These Cuban Pastries for Myself and Everyone I Know"
New York Brunch from Russ and Daughters
From: New York, NY
There is nothing that soothes the soul more effectively than handmade bagels and lox, and this stunning brunch package from the Lower East Side institution includes some extra goodies, too, like chocolate babka and coffee.
Buy it: New York Brunch ($179)
Key Lime Pie from Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe
From: Key West, FL
If you're not going on vacation this year, consider this pie your vacation. The classic pie has a traditional graham cracker crust and rich filling made with the shop's in-house key lime juice.
Buy it: Key Lime Pie ($79)
Commander's Palace Seafood Gumbo
From: New Orleans, LA
If you live outside of New Orleans and miss it desperately, an order of Commander's Palace seafood gumbo may cure you. The iconic restaurant is also selling its famous turtle soup and pecan pie. (Add two loaves of very cheesy garlic bread to your gumbo order for an extra $20.)
Ice Cream from Graeter's Ice Cream
From: Cincinnati, OH
Nearly 150 years old, the iconic Ohio shop makes super-creamy French-style ice cream that hits 18% butterfat and is beloved by just about everyone who tries it. Choose an assortment of six different flavors, or just order six pints of the chocolate peanut butter chip and call it a day.
Clam Chowder and Bread Bowls from Boudin Bakery
From: San Francisco, CA
Not only is the Boudin chowder exceptional—and one of the most iconic Bay Area dishes—but the bread bowl itself is historic, made from mother dough that has been used since 1849.
Rib & BBQ Combo from Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
From: Decatur, AL
Credited with creating Alabama white sauce, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q is one of the oldest barbecue restaurants in America, and one of the best. Order a combo package for ribs and your choice of BBQ and sauce.
Buy it: Rib & BBQ Combo ($69.95)
Pit Beef from Chap's Pit Beef
From: Baltimore, MD
If you've never experienced the magic that is the pit beef sandwich, it's a national treasure that consists of thin-sliced roast beef (cooked over charcoal fire), horseradish, BBQ sauce, onion, and pickles; all served on a potato roll. While franchises of Chap's have opened around the Mid-Atlantic, you can't beat the original in Baltimore.
Muffulettas from Central Grocery
From: New Orleans, LA
The famous New Orlean sandwich of Italian cold cuts and chopped olive salad, among other things, was invented here, and we could not be more grateful. If you'd like to make your own version at home, Central Grocery is selling jars of its famous olive salad, too.
Cheese Burger Potstickers from Shirley Chung's Ms. Chi
From: Los Angeles, LA
Top Chef alum Shirley Chung has grown an avid following for her creative Chinese-American cooking, and her cheese burger dumplings are one of the most popular items at Ms. Chi. (The LA Times called them the best dumplings in L.A., and we're inclined to agree.)
Biscuits from Loveless Cafe
From: Nasvhille, TN
The breakfast at Loveless is one of the all-time great meals you can eat in the South (or anywhere), and the stars of the show are the biscuits. Their "JAMmin' Biscuits" package includes 2 lbs. of the iconic restaurants' biscuit mix, plus blackberry, strawberry, and peach jams.
Buy it: JAMmin' Biscuits ($49)
Hot Chicken from Hattie B's
From: Nashville, TN
One of the most popular hot chicken spots in Nashville added their famous offerings to Goldbelly in October, with fiery wings, a whole bird, and a combo pack on offer.
Buy it: Hot Chicken Whole Bird ($79)
Vegetarian Feast from GupShup
From: New York, NY
"The one innovation of the pandemic is that take-out is no longer limited to what is in a 15-mile radius of your home. A number of restaurants are now sending meals around the country, including GupShup, a two-story Indian restaurant that sits in lower Manhattan. Their vegetarian feast for four can easily feed eight, and has been one of the better meals i've had during the pandemic, especially as cooking fatigue sets in. The kit, which includes dishes like rich black dal, a sharp and punchy saag paneer, and a truly life changing dish of morels swimming in a thick and luxurious coconut and tomato gravy, arrives fully cooked, frozen, and vacuum sealed. All you have to do is reheat the food and in 5 minutes, dinner is ready. I may currently be nearly 700 miles away from the restaurant, this meal kit makes me feel like I am just seven blocks away." - Khushbu Shah, Restaurant Editor