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Grilled foods are on the menu at more than 80 percent of Independence Day celebrations.

The first printed American menu was issued in 1836 by New York's 5 year old Delmonico's Restaurant. One of its more expensive items is "hamburger steak" at 10 cents. Regular beefsteak, pork chops and fried fish are each 4 cents, roast beef, roast mutton and chicken stew are all 5 cents, and roast chicken is 10 cents.  Delmonico's menu is 12 pages long with over 350 dishes listed.

More than 30% of consumers have used the Internet to check out a restaurants menu in 2006.

Worms, beetles, and bugs are not as American as Mom's apple pie, and very probably never will be. But there was an occasion in 1992, at the Explorers Club in New York City, when the New York Entomological Society celebrated its 100th anniversary with a banquet that began with snacks of roasted crickets and larvae and went on through mealworm ghanouj, waxworm fritters with plum sauce, cricket and vegetable tempura, and roasted Australian kurrajong grubs to roast beef and gravy.
     The dessert was chocolate cricket torte, the centerpieces on the table were live tarantulas (for decor, not for eating).

Both chicken a la king and lobster a la Newburg were created at New Yorks Delmonico's (1834 - 1923) In the 1830's, Delmonico's had a menu with 340 entrees, 11 soups, and 40 hors d'oeuvres.




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