Rainbows and glitter and sparkles, oh my! Unicorns are inspiring chefs and bartenders to create colorful dishes and drinks guaranteed to make you feel magical. Here are six magical foods that are out of this world.
Unicorn Doughnut at Fremont’s, Chicago, Illinois
This may be the most photogenic doughnut of all time. So it’s totally okay to spend five minutes trying to get the perfect Instagram of it before you take your first bite. The ‘likes’ are worth the wait. Make a reservation at Fremont’s.
Rainbow Sliders at Sugar Factory, Miami, Florida
These sliders give new meaning to the phrase, “eat the rainbow.” They arrive on boldly colored brioche buns that are almost too beautiful to eat. In between the two halves you’ll find Angus sliders dressed up with a capelet of melted American cheese, pickles, onion rings, shredded lettuce, tomato rounds, and special sauce, which may or may not be made with unicorn tears. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Unicorn Cocktail at mar’sel at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Make anyone feel like a magical princess by special ordering one of these She-Ra-worthy cocktails. Made with Tanqueray, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and strawberry sorbet, it’s topped with orange-turmeric foam, Chantilly cream laced with blue curacao, and sprinkles. As you sip, please refrain from yelling, “For the Honor of Grayskull!” Make a reservation at mar’sel.
Rainbow Sangria at I|O Godfrey, Chicago, Illinois
Okay, so it’s not a food, but if you drink this, it will absolutely buoy your spirits. A cornucopia of fruits flavor and color this eye-catching ice. The cocktail is a simple combination of Grey Goose vodka and Caposaldo sweet moscato. As the cubes melt, the drink’s taste evolves until it seems like you’re enjoying a whole new beverage. Make a reservation at I|O Godfrey.
Rainbow Dumplings at Megu, New York, New York
Executive chef Frances Tariga uses vegetable juices to dye the wrappers of these vegan dumplings. Take a bite to reveal cauliflower, shiitake, corn, and ginger. But before you do that, you should definitely snap a pic of them for your followers. Make a reservation at Megu.
The Myth at Pao by Paul Qui, Miami Beach, Florida
Of course a restaurant with a giant golden unicorn statue (created by none other than art provocateur Damien Hirst) would serve a cocktail in a copper unicorn. It’s made by shaking together Absolut Elyx, Cherry Heering, Coco Lopez, pineapple and lemon juices, and ginger syrup. After it’s poured into the whimsical vessel, the legendary sipper is topped with club soda to add a little effervescence. Make a reservation at Pao by Paul Qui.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Amy Arnold (Fremont’s); Juan Fernando Ayora (Pao).