7 Places To Grab a Bite of Elvis

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August 16, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, reportedly from hypertensive cardiovascular disease associated with atherosclerotic heart disease. Just 42 years old at the time of his passing, the King of Rock 'n' Roll had a reputation for loving rich, decadent food as much as he loved music, with the infamous fried peanut butter and banana sandwich being one of his favorite delicacies.

While we can’t recommend them as part of your daily diet, there are Elvis-inspired indulgences to be found at eateries across the country. If you’re ever in the mood for a taste of Elvis, here’s where to go.

1. THE ELVIS MARTINI // FORT WORTH, TEXAS

With roots stretching back well over half a century, Forth Worth's T&P Tavern used to be a rail station stopover for notables including Elvis Presley himself. To honor their history, the bar offers the Elvis—a martini flavored with peanut butter, banana, and bacon.

2. MR. LUCKY'S // LAS VEGAS, NEVADA


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There’s decadent, and then there’s Las Vegas. To match the city’s reputation for excess, Mr. Lucky’s—the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's 24-hour diner—can reinvigorate patrons pulling all-nighters with the King. It’s an enormous plate of 14 banana pancakes served with Nutella, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and 14 slices of bacon. Before ordering, don't forget to tell your family you love them.

3. JOHNNY J'S // CASPER, WYOMING


In 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama paid a visit to Johnny J's while on the campaign trail.
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Johnny J’s specializes in burgers named after influential rock stars, including Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and, of course, Elvis Presley. With the Elvis, patrons can expect a slab of beef topped with red chili and melted cheddar jack cheese, served open faced—without a single banana in sight.

4. BROOKLYN FARMACY & SODA FOUNTAIN // BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

This reworked early 20th-century pharmacy underwent renovations for reopening in 2010. Like any proper soda fountain, they're all about sundaes and milkshakes—including The Elvis, a vanilla ice cream topped with peanut butter, banana, and candied bacon.

5. MEMPHIS MOJO CAFE // BARTLETT, TENNESSEE


Mojo's

The Memphis Mojo Cafe and food truck are go-to spots for burgers, but it’s their dessert that will send Elvis fanatics into a sugar frenzy. Their Elvis Dippers are Nutter Butter cookies dipped in maple waffle batter, deep-fried, and dunked in butterscotch banana cream.

6. OATMEALS // NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The menu at OatMeals offers something for everyone, even if that someone is into Sriracha-covered oatmeal. But the standout might be The Elvis, a bowl of oats topped with peanut butter, banana, bacon, and sea salt.

7. MARLOWE'S RIBS & RESTAURANT // MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE


Marlowe's Ribs & Restaurant

Just a few minutes from Graceland, it’s almost a prerequisite that Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant would have a surplus of Elvis-inspired items on their menu—and they don’t disappoint. Among their specialties: the Elvis Burger, which comes topped with bacon, smoked ham, and American cheese. For dessert, the Crispy Creme Banana Foster Sundae—a donut with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter sauce, sauteed bananas, and whipped cream—is a modern take on some of the King's favorite treats.

Dairy Queen Is Celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary With Its Zero Gravity Blizzard

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Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is now offering your taste buds an out-of-this world experience. The fast food chain recently announced the release of its Zero Gravity Blizzard, a new frosty snack honoring the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer.

According to the brand’s Twitter account, the intergalactic delicacy is “made with Oreo cookie pieces, sparkly cosmic swirls, and sweet cotton candy topping blended with our world-famous soft serve and topped with colorful galaxy sprinkles.” Lucky for Earthlings, it’s not freeze-dried.

The treat honors the Apollo 11 mission in more ways than one: Dairy Queen promises the shake will stay put if it’s turned upside down, as one does in zero-g. The company also created an accompanying Spotify playlist featuring 29 space-related songs. Yes, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is on there.

“Consumers have had an unwavering fascination with outer space since America’s landmark achievement nearly half a century ago,” says Maria Hokansan, executive vice president of marketing at Dairy Queen. “Fans can feed their imaginations and taste buds alike with the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat—sending their red spoon spaceships into a deliciously iridescent soft serve galaxy.”

Dairy Queen isn’t the only brand honoring the Apollo 11’s historic mission. You can wash down the Zero Gravity Blizzard with the Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, a limited edition brew that celebrates the “pioneering American spirit.” LEGO has also released its Apollo 11 Eagle lunar lander set, developed with NASA.

The Zero Gravity Blizzard is available at select locations for a limited time.

This Amazing Teen Donates One Treat for Each One Sold at His Bakery

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When 13-year-old Michael Platt was diagnosed with epilepsy in the sixth grade, he had to quit a few of his favorite things—diving, climbing trees, and doing gymnastics. But it wasn't enough to stop him from baking, a hobby born from many an afternoon spent watching bakers work their culinary magic across YouTube, The Washington Post reports.

So the then-11-year-old decided to open a bakery of his own, run from his kitchen in Bowie, Maryland, with the help of his mother. Inspired by the TOMS one-for-one model, Michael founded Michaels Desserts with a mission to donate one baked good for each one bought. He sells about 100 items each month (75 cupcakes, plus a couple dozen shortbread cookies and other "chef's choice" items), and distributes the free batches to domestic violence shelters, transitional housing, or in McPherson Square in Washington, D.C.


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Michael calls his cupcakes "freedom fighter cupcakes," and themes each month's flavor around a figure with a strong impact on the landscape of civil rights and social activism. Harriet Tubman's October cupcake is mint chocolate chip, because her family often shortened her birth name Araminta to "Minty." This month's cupcake is banana pudding, a flavor that Maya Angelou loved. January and February belong to Michael's personal hero Martin Luther King Jr., whose flavor is sweet potato pie.

The young do-gooder is particularly fond of passing out his treats to kids, because he feels that cupcakes are a quintessential childhood experience. He even taught a baking class at an Williams-Sonoma in Annapolis, Maryland, for a suggested price of $30 per person, and gave the proceeds to No Kid Hungry.


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For Michael, the driving force behind his dessert business transcends his passion for baking. "It's all about helping people," he told The Washington Post, "Not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, 'How does this touch other things?'"

[h/t The Washington Post]

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