10 Surprising Meals Presidents Requested at the White House
You can't help but be curious about what the leaders of our country choose to eat. Was it mostly filet mignon or did all-American items like burgers make the list?
Which president couldn’t go a day without eating waffles? What did Richard Nixon like to mix into his cottage cheese? Each POTUS was certainly treated to high-quality dining, but you might be surprised to see the comfort foods that made the list.
Biscuits & fruit
Abraham Lincoln was far from a gourmand—he was satisfied with a biscuit and some fruit for lunch. It makes sense, he had some pressing issues to address during his presidency. Find out the 13 surprisingly frugal habits of past presidents—and their families.
Ulysses S. Grant also had simple tastes, and he enjoyed nothing more than good ol’ rice pudding. There’s something to be said for a classic, no-frills dessert.
The Roosevelt family loved sweets, and Teddy’s favorite cookie was called the Sagamore Hill Sand Tart after his beloved property on Long Island. (It tastes like a snickerdoodle, but it’s made without baking soda or cream of tartar.) He also could never pass up a meal of fried chicken. Maybe he’d like Laura Bush’s winning cowboy cookies.
Somewhat strangely, Warren Harding loved waffles. He requested them nearly every day, either with butter or syrup or smothered in chipped beef gravy. If you’re an adventurous waffle-eater, try the one thing you’re not putting on waffles but should be.
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Franklin D. Roosevelt was quite fond of grilled cheese sandwiches; the more gooey, the better. Did he dunk them in tomato soup? It’s an important question! More importantly—did he use this secret ingredient for the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever?
Born in Stonewall, Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson was a very devoted Texas barbecue aficionado. He often hosted large gatherings at his ranch and served only the finest Texas beef. Here are the most famous first pets to live in the White House.
A typical breakfast for Richard Nixon consisted of cottage cheese with fruit or ketchup; your tastes may vary! He also loved his wife’s meatloaf, probably served with Pat Nixon’s famous angel pie for dessert.
Jimmy Carter is a big fan of grits, and during his term, they became a White House breakfast staple. Since our 39th president grew up on a peanut farm, he certainly enjoyed those legumes, too! For more American favorites, check out the most delicious food from every state.