No Cooking Necessary Options for 4th of July

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glover park farmers’ market 7.10.10 – 28
courtesy of laura padgett

Stop playing nose goes with your friends when trying to decide who’s going to host the cookout this Fourth of July. Instead, here are a couple of places that can supply the food platters so you can enjoy the party. So pick up some good eats, kick back, crack open a cold beer and toast to the birthday of the United States of America.

Red Apron Butchery – Fourth of July Packs
Feed the whole family with Red Apron’s swine-tastic pack. For $50 ($52 if you opt for the bacon bangers sausages), you get a rack of spice-rubbed baby back ribs, a pound of sandwich-ready smoked brisket, 1 package of five all pork hot dogs, four fresh sausages (choice of bratwurst, Italian or bacon bangers) and a pint of house-made Coca-Cola BBQ sauce. And it’s all nicely tucked into an insulated Red Apron bag, so you can just show up on a friend’s door step ready to commandeer their grill. Place your order online and pick it up at the DuPont Farmer’s Market on Sunday, July 1 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Cork Market & Tasting Room – Patriotic Picnic Baskets
Pick a pic-a-nic basket, boo boo. The first option, the sandwich basket, has options such as sopressata with roasted peppers and tapenade on house-made focaccia or smoked ham with Nancy’s camembert and pickled onions. Or go with the second option, the chicken basket which has either a Peruvian grilled chicken or the garlic-herb marinated fried chicken. Both baskets come with side salads; either a farro salad with wild mushrooms, spring onions, preserved lemons or a Mediterranean cous cous salad and Italian sweet wines. The sandwich basket is $25 ($35 if you add in wine) and the chicken basket is $40 ($55 if you add in wine). To get your picnic basket, call 202-265-2674 or email

Photo courtesy of Michael T. Ruhl
Dem Ribs
courtesy of Michael T. Ruhl

Hill Country – Independence Day Specials
So you want to wipe barbecue sauce from your maw while watching fireworks, eh? Hill Country will deliver (for free) to the National Mall with no advance notice necessary. Pick from the entire delivery menu and they’ll bring the smoked meats and sides to you. If you miss that on the Fourth, they’re offering free delivery to the Mall all summer long. Should you find yourself at Hill Country instead, you can try their jumbo-sized, Texas-style menu with cowboy burgers, Texas taters and strawberry cream cake. Bonus: they’re offering a red, white and booze happy hour from 3 to 7 PM and 10 PM to close (that part has karaoke, folks) with $3 PBRs, $4 red and whiet wines, $5 rail drinks and $5 margaritas.

DC-3 – Foot Long Liberty Dog and Ted’s Bulletin – All-American Desserts
Don’t have your own grill to fire up but still craving a good hot dog? DC-3 is doing a foot-long liberty dog with a BBQ brisket hot dog with BBQ sauce, coleslaw and cheddar cheese. The liberty dogs are $6.95. After you’re finished with your dogs, walk on over to DC-3’s sister restaurant, Ted’s Bulletin for dessert. Ted’s has three patriotic desserts: firecracker whoopie pies (red, white and blue rainbow chip whoopie pies with marshmallow buttercream and pop rocks candy), red, white & blue fruit tarts (vanilla tart shell with a white chocolate pastry cream and red raspberries and blueberries), as well as flag and star frosted sugar cookies.

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at)

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