Presidential Food Favorites

In honor of President’s Day, and our beloved first President’s birthday this week, we bring to you Presidential Food Favorites from our former commander-in-chiefs! Check out who has a sweet tooth, who has a penchant for eating their veggies and who likes to avoid them all together!


George Washington
Favorite Food: Cherries

George Washington is often associated with the myth of the cherry tree, which goes something like this…a young George receives a hatchet for his birthday and chops down a cherry tree in his father’s farm. When confronted by his angry father, George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” His father rejoiced in the fact that his son chose honesty over telling a lie. For this reason, George Washington will always be associated with this infamous cherry tree, but was also a big fan of the tart, yet sweet fruit!

We think George Washington would have loved the Cherry Pie made at Pasticceria Rocco.



Barack Obama
Favorite Food: Broccoli

Michelle Obama campaigned against anti-obesity during her tenure as First Lady. So, we’re sure she was grinning from ear to ear when a student asked the President what his favorite food was…Broccoli! A stark difference from former President George H.W. Bush, who famously declared his dislike for the same cruciferous green vegetable!

We bet Barack would enjoy the Broccoli & Cheddar Filo Pie from Sahadi’s.



Bill Clinton
(Former) Favorite Food: Hamburgers

Bill Clinton had a soft spot for a good ol’ greasy hamburger. However, after two heart-related surgeries in 2004 and 2010, the former President opted for a healthier lifestyle. No more trips to McDonald’s for this former President!

Before becoming Vegan in 2011, we think Bill Clinton would have enjoyed biting into an Organic Halal Lean Beef Burger from Honest Chops Butchery.



John F. Kennedy
Favorite Food: New England Clam Chowder

No surprises here! One of our most beloved former Presidents stayed true to his New England roots with this favorite meal – a bowl of New England Clam Chowder…and we can’t blame him!.

We’re sure the White House Chef made a mean New England Clam Chowder, but it would have been especially delicious with the Little Neck Clams (raised in the USA!) from Metropolitan Fish Market.



Gerald Ford
Favorite Food: Pot Roast

The former President preferred plain all-American food; simple dishes that were both hearty and nutritious. Ford enjoyed a Pot Roast at the dinner table with his family, often paired with another favorite; braised cabbage with apples!

Gerald Ford would have liked this cut of meat from Harlem Shambles.



Ronald Reagan
Favorite Food: Chocolate

Ronald Reagan certainly was the President with the biggest sweet tooth! Often found with jelly beans close by his side, the former President’s true sweet craving was anything chocolate! Chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies or Nancy’s famous fudgy brownies were a staple in the former President’s diet.

We think Ronald Reagan would have loved the Devil’s Food Cake with Chocolate Frosting from Amy’s Bread.



Richard Nixon
Favorite Food: Cottage Cheese with Ketchup

Yes, you heard that correctly…Nixon had an odd obsession with pairing cottage cheese and ketchup! The rationale? The President felt inclined to eat cottage cheese because it was healthy, but added the classic American condiment to jazz up its bland flavor.

We could of thought of some other mix-ins for cottage cheese! Nixon would have liked the variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds (and off course cottage cheese), all available at Balady Foods.

Go forth and share your new foody trivia!

Happy Presidents Day from your friends at Mercato.

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