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Labor Day may feel a little more lowkey this year, and that big end-of-summer vacation you like to plan might have been canceled, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some delicious American fare from right at home.
Turn your backyard cookout into a special event, by using Goldbelly to source in all your favorite foods like you were spending the last weekend of summer going on a cross-country food tour! The freshest lobster rolls from Maine? Why not? Some seriously southern BBQ from Texas? Yes please!
Be sure to order ahead so you can get your food in time for the long weekend. Of course, these items are delicious at any time of the year, and they make fantastic gifts for celebrating moments when you might not get to actually gather, or want to bring a "Taste of (Insert City Here)" to a loved one.
It may be a smaller affair, but this year's Labor Day Celebration is going to be a tasty one, with these purveyors on your menu.
McLoons Lobster Shack, South Thomaston, ME
Try: Maine Lobster Roll Kit, 4 Pack, $88 (Normally $108)
Get a taste of a New England classic with this DIY lobster roll kit from McLoons Lobster Shack, a hidden-gem on Spruce Head Island known for its sweet, fresh, and meaty lobster. The kit includes a pound of lobster tail, knuckle, and claw meat, four New England style split top rolls, Casco Bay Artisan Sea Salt Butter, mayonnaise, roll sleeves, and an instruction card, though you can also watch an accompanying video online that will show you how to assemble everything together. McLoons’ lobsters are caught on the day and steamed in small batches until cooked through and iced immediately to prevent overcooking. The cooked lobster meat is then handpicked, cleaned, and packed to order.
Editor's Pick: "My family living in Atlanta usually makes a trip to Cape Cod each summer. With Covid they were not able to travel, but I sent them some lobster rolls for one of their birthdays. They said they tasted just like they were in Maine."—Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director, Commerce
Girl and the Goat, Chicago, IL
Try: Grill Kit for 4, $89
You can have a meal curated by James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard of Chicago's Girl and the Goat from the comfort of your own kitchen.
The grill kit for four includes recipe instructions for herb marinated grilled shrimp, Kalbi Style beef short ribs, corn cobbettes, blistered shishitos with puffed rice, and chocolate chip cookie dough. It also comes with a featured sauce or spice from This Little Goat that can be kept in your pantry for other cooking adventures later on!
Walter's Hot Dogs, Mamaroneck, NY
Try: Walter's Hot Dog Kit, 12 Pack, $69
Hot dogs: a cookout classic. Elevate your backyard experience with irresistible hot dogs made with an exclusive blend of beef, pork, and veal that is only available through Walter's Hot Dog, which has been recognized as a nationally registered historical landmark and serves up a memorable hot dog experience. The 12-pack includes the dogs (serve them split down the middle), buns, and Walter’s signature mustard: a blend of choice mustard seeds, relish, and spices.
Editor's Pick: "I grew up eating hot dogs at Walter's and they are no joke. Even if you don't like hot dogs, these are worth a shot. The mustard that comes with them has pickles in it which give it a nice briney taste. Make sure you cook the hot dogs the way they suggest for the true Walter's Experience."—Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director, Commerce
Pat's King of Steaks, Philadelphia, PA
Try: Pat's Original Philly Cheesesteak, starting at $99 for a 4-pack
When you crave a Philly Cheesesteak, why not go straight to the source. Back in the 1930s, brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri operated a hot dog stand out of South Philly. The story goes that one day Pat slapped some sliced beef and onions onto the grill instead of the usual hot dog, and piled it in a roll. Next, came a phenomenon. It's available in 4-, 8, or 12-pack combinations, and each cheesesteak arrives fully assembled, aside from Cheese Wiz which will come in a separate container on the side. Customize your cheesesteak with or without onions, or with Whiz, Provolone, or American cheese.
Editor's Pick: "My husband went to school in Philly, so of course, he is a cheesesteak aficionado. These were beyond good, the bread had the perfect texture and the meat was nice and juicy. We saved two and ate them a month later and they were just as good."—Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director, Commerce
Pat LaFrieda Meats, North Bergen, NJ
Try: Gold Label Burger, 8 Patties, $69
Pat LaFrieda is the infamous meat purveyor behind Shake Shack's deliciously thin burger patties, but they cater to a lot more than just (delicious) fast food. Upgrade your everyday ground beef patty with the specially formed Gold Label burger, available exclusively through Goldbelly and designed especially for home cooking. Each 6-ounce patty features a blend of American Black Angus short rib, flat iron, and dry-aged rib steak and was inspired by Minetta Tavern’s Black Label blend. This will make for a Labor Day Cook Out to remember.
Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, GA
Try: Antico Pizza Napoletana Best Seller - 4 Pack, $119
If you're looking for an out-of-body pizza experience, Antico Pizza Napoletana offers up a little slice of Italy. Get two each of Antico's classic Margherita pizza (topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and garlic) and their award-winning San Gennaro pizza (topped with Salsiccia, sweet pepper, mozzarella Di bufala). Each pie's crust is cooked to puffy perfection in a wood-burning Acunto oven imported from Italy. In fact, all the ingredients come from Italy.
Editor's Pick: "Trust this local Atlantan. This place is always buzzing for their fresh-out-of-the-oven pies. One bite and I'm transported back to Italy, even if I'm sitting at a communal table sipping a San Pellegrino alongside my pizza."—Jaclyn Turner, Associate Commerce Editor
Anderson's Frozen Custard, Buffalo, NY
Try: Mint Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake, $109
Anderson's Frozen Custard specializes in rich and creamy frozen custard made in-house and award-winning handmade ice cream, as well as western NY's “beef on weck," which is thinly sliced roast beef, beef jus, and freshly grated horseradish on a kimmelweck roll. The standout for our team, though, is the Mint Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake, with chocolate-mint ice cream, chocolate fudge, and cookie crunch cuts, all enrobed in a chocolate ganache.
Editor Pick: "My brother orders this cake from Goldbelly 2-3 times a year, it's his favorite dessert of all time. He specifically loves the snappy chocolate shell on the outside, and the quality of the ice cream." —Jess Kapadia, Food Editor
Terry Black's Barbecue, Austin, TX
Try: Whole Texas Smoked Brisket, $189
At Terry Black's Barbecue, BBQ is a family tradition, going back generations of pitmaster expertise. This massive cut of BBQ brisket serves 10 to 12 people, weighing 4-5 pounds. It's smoked for over 12 hours using slow-burning Post Oak Wood for a deep smoky flavor, a signature Central Texas technique. Add on a variety of BBQ sauces, hot sauces, or even a rub for even more flavor. Once thawed overnight, cook in a roasting pan for 2-3 hours and then you have your main course!
Big Shake's Hot Chicken, Franklin, TN
Try: Nashville Hot Chicken Family Meal for 4, $99
An appearance on "Shark Tank" resulted in the opening of Big Shake’s Hot Chicken, aka traditional fried chicken that packs some spice. Helmed by Chef Shawn Davis aka Chef Big Shake, who actually hails from New York, the restaurant concept has two locations in Tennessee and one in Alabama.
For those in need of some classic southern fare, order up eight pieces of mixed white and dark juicy fried chicken available with no heat, mildly spicy (CryBaby) or hot (Rambo), teamed up with 1.5-pounds of mac n cheese and green beans, and trust, you're going to want to add on that side of cornbread for a true taste of the South.
Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York, NY
Try: Giant Ice Cream Sandwiches, 12 Pack, $99 (Normally $129)
The high-end chocolatier has a special Goldbelly exclusive that is the perfect sweet ending to your Labor Day celebrations. Combining two of Jacques Torres' most popular items—ice cream and chocolate chip cookies—the Giant Ice Cream Sandwiches offers three each of Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, or Mocha ice cream flavors placed between two giant chocolate chip cookies. Mmm...sounds like we'll be serving dessert first.