Join small h and I in opening an ironic-foods restaurant!
On another thread, small h inspired me to consider how much $ I could make if I opened a restaurant whose entire menu was ironic. Of course that means we'd serve PBR, and as small h pointed out, we'd have to offer parmesan in the green can.
What else—going beyond the obvious like green bean casserole and Jello salads?
Any recipe with Velveeta as an ingredient. In soliciting noodle kugel recipes for the upcoming Jewish New Year, a poster on another board offered up a kugel with Velveeta. I will be polite and not explain the irony of that, but it should be evident.
Heavenly hash! You'd HAVE to have Heavenly Hash!
Grilled cheese and shaved ham
Celery with peanut butter
Deviled ham on Triscuits
pigs in a blanket (vienna sausage, Pillsbury biscuits, and mustard)
RICE A RONI!
Oooo, just think of the great cocktail you could make with Cold Duck and TANG!
<Oooo, just think of the great cocktail you could make with Cold Duck and TANG!>
I ordered a vodka & grapefruit juice once and was served vodka & grapefruit-flavored Crystal Light. I was disgusted at the time, but now, what with fancy-pants cocktail madness gripping my beloved home town, I think the natural next step is just as you've suggested: powdered drink drinks.
re: small h
Actually, some 10 years ago a restaurant in Boston, Tremont 647, used to serve a Tang-rimmed drink.
Cold duck: brilliant. But I'm not sure I get the croquettes and patties? Those sound okay to me... :)
A restaurant here in Denver makes Spam fries.
Oh! Hanky pankys (speaking of Velveeta):
I haven't been there in a while, but my better half once ordered a Buzz Aldrin cocktail with Tang at the Corner Office in Denver.
Most chefs have already capitalized on the ironic foods trend. I had a S'mores dessert at Per Se several years ago, forgodssake. In Denver alone you've got Troy Guard of TAG using Pop Rocks as if it were panko, Frank Bonanno dishing out Cap-N-Crunch soft serve at Bones, and Jennifer Jasinski dispensing bombers of Miller Lite in a paper bag at Euclid Hall.
Frito chile pie
Little Debbie Snack Cakes
Hormel tamales in a can
Swanson old-school TV dinners in the foil packages with tons of trans fats
Deviled eggs with French's yellow and Miracle Whip--none of these fancy-pants versions with chives, crab, actual seasonings, caviar, or other flourishes
White trash casseroles like broccoli-rice with Velveeta, green bean with canned onion strips, or chicken with Lays Original Potato Chips on top
S.O.S. (roast beef hash on Wonderbread toast)
Green and pink mystery whipped "salads" with mandarin oranges, marshmallows, mayo, cheap chopped nuts, etc.
This restaurant would separate hipsters from their cash faster than anything before it ever has.
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Celery with Kraft Old English or Pimento Cheese Spread
Hostess Twinkies, Snow Balls or Chocolate Cup Cakes
Tuna and Noodle Casserole
Kraft Mac & Cheese
Dinty Moore Beef Stew
Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup (from the box)
Corn Dogs on the stick
Chicken Pot Pies from the freezer in the little tins
There are some of us who find nothing "ironic" about either Ovaltine or tuna-noodle casserole. Or corn dogs, for that matter. I can see dissing the current North American version of Ovaltine, as it's gotten stupidly sweet, but the stuff of my (far distant) youth is still available in Asian markets here in SoCal. But Mrs. O has this thing about corn dogs that resembles some peoples' relationship with crack cocaine, and if I don't make a tuna-noodle casserole every so often - I introduced her to it, as it was a mainstay of my childhood, not hers - she pesters me until I do.
Kraft mac'n'cheese? Okay, I like that, but it's ironic... especially with Oscar Mayer weenies cut up in it.
I took a driving vacation through southeastern Belgium and stayed one night at the Luxembourg Hilton. The rooms are outdated but it is a beautiful location. There were many families staying there.
For the buffet breakfast, there were many wonderful items. Imagine my surprise when I removed the lid of the buffet server to find... weenies and beans. These weren't American-style baked beans, but the British Heinz in a can style beans. And the weenies were like Libby's Vienna sausages. I suppose that's why they're called Vienna sausages, just didn't think they'd show up at a Hilton.
Prepare something like pressed duck with an entirely automated method (from slaughter to plating) and deliver it to diners in their cars via conveyor belt or bank tube.
Hi-C and Hawaiian Punch
Boone's Farm and Annie Green Springs "wine"
Pineapple upside down cake
Pillsbury Dinner rolls from those cardboard tubes or packaged rolls from the bread aisle.
Instant mashed potatoes
Drake’s Coffee Cake, Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles, Funny Bones, and Ring Dings
Salisbury Steak w/brown gravy
Canned peas, green beans, or asparagus