10 ways to eat like an American

Nothing says 4 July quite like fireworks. This year, Melbourne is kicking off its free Docklands Winter Fireworks program on America’s Independence Day. To celebrate this timely coincidence, we’ve rounded up some favourite Melbourne eateries inspired by the good old U.S. of A.

Break out your stars and stripes, and loosen your belts as we take a bite out of the land of the free…

Here's to great American food in Melbourne

Here’s to great American food in Melbourne

The Big Apple
The city that never sleeps is home to some of America’s most well-known cuisine. These restaurants take their cues from the Yankees of New York:

Bowery to Williamsburg: Bagels that would make lady liberty herself crack a smile.

The Merrywell: ‘The American Burger’ – need we say more?

Nieuw Amsterdam: New York Clam Chowder – make sure you say it properly.

Don’t Mess with Texas
There’s nothing better than meat that’s been smoked for so long you don’t need teeth to eat it. Texas is known for having the biggest of everything, which also applies to flavour.

Big Boy BBQ: 16 hours of slow-smokin’ goodness. Condensed milk and banana ice-cream for later?

Fancy Hank’s BBQ: The really real stuff piled up high on your red plastic tray (not a plate in sight).

Ike’s Rack Shack: It ain’t no barbecue without ribs, and these are genuine wood-smoked.

Meal consisting of 16-hour pulled pork, slaw, cornbread and links at Fancy Hank's

16-hour pulled pork, slaw, cornbread and links at Fancy Hank’s

Close-up of the 200-gram links ('snags' to us Australians) at Fancy Hank's.

Close-up of the 200-gram links (‘snags’ to us Australians) at Fancy Hank’s.

Southern Fried
Down on the bayou they know how to make anything taste good. Melbourne may not have the Louisiana weather but we’ve got the flavour and the funk.

Mr Big Stuff: Shrimp sliders, mac ‘n’ cheese, fried chicken and good ol’ apple pie… soul food with soul.

Ms Katie’s Crab Shack: No one does crab like Ms. Katie, and her Jambalaya is to die for.

A slice of peanut butter cream pie and chocolate granache, from Big Boy BBQ.

American as peanut butter cream pie and chocolate granache at Big Boy BBQ

Feeling patriotic? Who else should be on this list?