Star Wars fans are counting down the days until The Force Awakens is released in movie theaters across the U.S. on December 18. But you don’t have to wait until then to get your fill of Han Solo, Yoda and your other favorite characters. Hit up these restaurants, all with Star Wars-inspired dishes intended to take your taste buds to a galaxy far, far away.
Java the Butt, Sugarfire Smoke House, St. Louis
The force is strong at Sugarfire Smoke House in St. Louis. The barbecue joint pays homage to all things Star Wars with a list of special dishes like Java the Butt pulled pork with coffee sauce, pepper jack cheese and tobacco onion rings (pictured); Red Eye Knight country fried brisket with a fried egg and red eye gravy on a biscuit; and The French Fryer Strikes Back, made with fried sweet potatoes topped with turkey, gravy, dried cranberries, candied pecans and fried cheese curds.
Star Wars desserts, Faith & Flower, Los Angeles
Join the sweet side at Los Angeles restaurant Faith & Flower. The chic spot, with wall murals created by noted LA artist Robert Vargas and a gold-chain chandelier, is serving up an off-menu Star Wars-inspired mignardise board—an extravaganza of mini-desserts—for $23. Those in the know can indulge in bite-sized petits fours created by pastry chef Josh Graves, including a caramel-filled dark chocolate Darth Vader, chocolate Millennium Falcon, Han Solo encased in dark chocolate carbonite, white chocolate Stormtrooper, hard candy light-saber made with absinthe and dipped in chocolate, and dark chocolate Death Star bon-bon sprinkled with gold dust. Place your order with light speed: The dessert is only available through the end of the month.
Yoda soba salad, Alamo Drafthouse, Houston
Get the full Star Wars experience at Houston's dine-in movie theater, the Alamo Drafthouse. From your seat, not only can you watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but you can dig into the Yoda soba salad while you’re at it. Chilled soba noodles are served with spinach, shaved Brussels sprouts, nori (edible seaweed), avocado, cucumbers, seared tofu, sesame seeds and soy-ginger dressing. Like it, you will.
Sith Burger, DMK Burger Bar, Chicago
Your quest for an out-of-this-world burger should lead straight to Chicago’s trendy DMK Burger Bar. Although there’s usually a line to get a table, it’s worth the wait for a juicy bite of the Sith Burger, piled high with grass-fed beef, chorizo, caramelized onions, jalapenos, Jack cheese and roasted red pepper mayo.
Six-course dinner, Table, Donkey and Stick, Chicago
Named after a Grimm fairy tale, Chicago’s Table, Donkey and Stick has come up with a six-course dinner of imaginative Star Wars-inspired dishes, available December 16 for $48 per person. Highlights on the menu include Jar Jar bisque (lobster, frog and wild rice), Thai fighting xo wings (with duck and anise), Tauntaun soup dumplings and smoked pork with Darth tators.
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