The Most Popular Foods of the Last 70 Years

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Impossible burgers, farm-to-table restaurants, charcoal-flavored ice cream, and White Claw have all had their breakthrough moments over the past decade. But many of the foods that today we think of as old hat were au courant when they first broke big. Take a wander through the past 70 years, and see which of your Thursday night staples were once big news.

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Chinese food first made its way to the United States in the mid-1800s, via Chinese prospectors and railroad workers. It wasn’t until the post-war period of the 20th century that average Americans dined out regularly, and Chinese restaurants were on the menu. Restaurants developed the sweeter, deep-fried version of Chinese food that became so popular that today, there are American-style Chinese restaurants sprinkled around the globe. Peng Chang-kuei, a chef from Hunan province, fled the ascent of Mao

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New restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Ahwatukee to try in September

The strip mall dining scene in greater Phoenix got even better with newly opened restaurants adding Filipino barbecue, Bangkok street food and Chesapeake Bay blue crabs to the menu. 

Two of the venues let you get up close and personal with your food. In Phoenix, grill your own Filipino barbecue skewers over a repurposed Korean barbecue grill. And in Ahwatukee, crack into steamed Maryland crab flown in fresh from the Chesapeake Bay. 

Over in Mesa, Jinnathip Phuprasert, the new owner of Thai Food Corner has transformed the neighborhood Thai restaurant into a beacon of Bangkok street foods, serving the likes of moo ping, glistening pork skewers served on a wooden plate with a little bamboo basket of sticky rice.

As you plan your dining adventures, make sure these newly opened options are at the top of your list. Here’s what to order at each one.

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