The Handbook
The Handbook

Comfort eating is the only way to get through the US elections. From glazed donuts to burgers dripping in gravy, we’ve got exactly what you need for your sofa and TV marathon. Tuck into Tex-Mex as you watch the horror show of Trump taking a second term or bite down into a burger as Biden steps up to the plate for his first. Either way, you’ll find at least some satisfaction in the whole ordeal.

Best For… Steak

The famed American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky has created special boxes, so you can recreate their dining experience at home. The hand-butchered steaks come with classic side dishes all packed cold so you can serve it up following the detailed cooking instructions. Pick from a 28-day dry-aged, grass-fed, Irish tomahawk; the 28 dry-aged signature bone-in-rib-eye; or a delicious classic fillet. It’s only available on Tuesdays and Fridays, so you better get it in quickly.

Best For… Burgers

Get down and dirty with DIY Dirty Bones kits. The Mac Daddy Burger Kit is a great choice for households up to four. Indulge in eight burger patties topped with those plastic American cheese slices we all love and pulled beer short rib — all stuffed into soft brioche buns. Sides of cooked macaroni finishes off the filthy feast. You can also try to recreate the wild night you know you can’t have with the Dirty Bones DIY cocktails, too.

Best For… Donuts

If it’s looking like we might be waving in Trump again, it’s time to order in the real comfort food. Nothing beats a Krispy Kreme and even more so when you can order your own dozen. The glazed original, Strawberries and Kreme, and a Reese’s peanut butter fluffy dough dipped in chocolate icing all get our vote.

Best For… Gravy

In the deep south (think Battersea and Wimbledon not Alabama), Dip and Flip are cooking up a heart-attack inducing meal of roasted topside of west country beef or shoulder of lamb, thinly sliced, dipped in gravy and served in a fresh bread roll. If that wasn’t enough, you also get extra gravy on the side to dip the whole thing into. It’s all gravy baby.

Best For… Tex Mex 

Trump hasn’t finished building his wall yet, so there’s still plenty of time to mix US and Mexican flavours. Think burritos bulging with guacamole and black beans; peri peri chicken with a hearty kick; spicy Mexican beef topped with cheese, jalapenos and salsa — there’s literally nothing on the menu that we don’t want. Make sure to top it all up with their homemade chilli sauce for the full effect.

Best For… Pancakes

The best thing about The Breakfast Club? Breakfast. The worst thing about The Breakfast Club? Having to queue all morning to get in. Now you don’t! Enjoy their buttermilk pancakes with banana, strawberries and blueberries or be a little more indulgent with streaky bacon soaked in rich maple syrup. Rootle through your cupboards at home for some squirty cream for extra decadence.

Best For… Waffles

Waffle n Cone does what it says on the tin. They’ve got crispy fried chicken on waffles, bacon jam and peanut butter on waffles, chicken in Cheetos crumbs on waffles — anything you want on waffles. They even have Vaffles. Yup, that’s vegan waffles. That crispy on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside batter will be the real winner this election time.


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