With the ban on large gatherings this July 4, many communities have canceled their annual fireworks displays. But restaurants are stepping in to fill the gap with spirited food and drink promotions. Independence Day menu items are geared to carryout, meal kits, picnic packs and the many ways Americans are dining and celebrating the holiday this year.
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Customers can redeem a BOGO offer at Ike’s Love & Sandwichessimply by flashing the post found on Ike’s Instagram (@ikessandwiches)or newsletter. The chain is also introducing a new Superman sandwich designed for small group celebrations, such as a July 4 picnic. The Superman features a pound of meat—turkey, ham, roast beef, pastrami, salami and bacon— layered with avocado and Jack cheese for $25.99.
Blue Smoke, the New York City barbecue concept under the Union Square Hospitality Group banner. On offer for July 4 is a chef-created Backyard Barbecue Picnic. Included in the package is enough house-smoked brisket, pulled pork and all the fixings to feed six for $165.
Most Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises concepts are open for takeout and/or limited indoor dining and outdoor seating on July 4. Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra in North Bethesda, Md., will be offering brunch and dinner, serving California-inspired plates such as Cobb salad, blackened mahi mahi tacos and signature pizzas. Wildfire in Eden Prairie, Minn., and the Chicago suburbs is offering fillet grill kits and party platters with homemade cornbread and Door County cherry pie.
The limited-time lineup includes a Patriotic Sprinkles Doughnut (glazed doughnut dipped in white icing and topped with red, white and blue sprinkles); Strawberry Sparkler Doughnut (a strawberries and cream-filled doughnut dipped in red icing and topped with star sprinkles); and a Firework Doughnut (glazed doughnut dipped in blue icing, decorated with red and white icing and topped with blue raspberry-flavored popping candy).