The City Tavern, built in 1773 and located in Philadelphia, is one of the oldest taverns in the United States and was an important meeting point for historical political figures. Many of our founding fathers frequented the tavern before, during and after the critical moments that led up to the signing of our Declaration of Independence.
The City Tavern Cookbook showcases many recipes which were popularly enjoyed during the time of our founders. Click through the slideshow below to get an idea of what our founding fathers could have eaten on July 4th, 1776 -- it resembles little of the fried chicken and potato salad we enjoy today.
Savory Broiled Oysters
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Smoky Ham-and-Corn Chowder
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Lemon Green Beans With Almonds
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Crab Cakes And Curry Mayonnaise With Apple Salad
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Thyme And Lemon Pan-Fried Trout
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<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roast-turkey_n_1059251.html" target="_hplink">Roast Turkey recipe</a></strong> Turkey was a free and easy source of food for the colonials since they roamed wild in the forests. Benjamin Franklin was such a fan of this bird that he recommended it as our national symbol.
Rack Of Lamb With Mustard-Shallot Sauce
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Lemon-And-Orange-Glazed Pound Cake
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