The Favorite Foods of All 44 Presidents

After an exhaustive search of public records and historical documents at the Library of Congress (read: drunken Google search), we are ready to honor President's Day with a comprehensive list of the foods enjoyed by our fearless leaders of the past. Throughout this process one question continued to nag:

Who the shit was Chester Alan Arthur?

Happy President's Day, Aters.

1.George Washington reportedly enjoyed fish and ice cream. We're not sure if that meant together or in succession, but man he would have eaten the shit out of some Phish Food. Dude was a hemp farmer, amiright? Munch on, Wash.

2. John Adams: Indian pudding.

3. Thomas Jefferson: Ice cream.

4. James Madison: Ice cream. Which apparently is all the White House had between 1789 and 1817...

5. James Monroe: Fried chicken.

6. John Quincy Adams: Fresh fruit.

7. Andrew Jackson: French food.

8. Martin Van Buren: All we could find was "oysters and donuts." WOW. Did Immodium exist back then?

9. William Henry Harrison: SQUIRREL FUCKING STEW.
10. John Tyler: Pudding. (What is with these dudes and desserts?)

11. James K Polk: Corn pone. You try to say that without laughing. 

12. Zachary Taylor: Creole food. Spicy dude. 

13. Millard Fillmore: The owner of the first iron stove ... and he requested soup. 

14. Frankling Pierce: Fried clams.

15. James Buchanan: Fresh butter. Really? Are you related to the Deen family?

16. Abraham Lincoln, our tall-hatted friend to the people, liked a hot plate of Chicken Fricassee and Herbed Biscuits. What a snooty bastard. Eh well, his beard was excellent.

17. Andrew Johnson: Popcorn.

20. James Garfield, the one with the beard of presidential beards, wins the most random favorite food award in the history of ever: squirrel soup. We refuse to look up pictures of this so we're just telling ourselves he liked lasagna.

21. Chester Alan Arthur: Mutton Chop with a nice, tall glass of ale. What a stud.

22. Grover Cleveland: Corned Beef and Cabbage.

23. Benjamin Harrison: Blue-Point Oysters. We approve of this. 

24. Grover Cleveland: Waaaaait a second! That guy got re-elected? Mutton chop guy? 

25. William McKinley: Eggs. Wow. What a riveting human.

37. Richard Nixon: Meatloaf. We would do anything for dinner, Dick, but we won't do that.

38. Gerald Ford: Waffles with strawberries. 

39. Jimmy Carter: Red beans and rice.

40. Ronald Reagan: Macaroni and cheese. Apparently there are Reagan recipes out there. Just add bacon.

41. George H.W. Bush: Bush Sr. hated broccoli. With the fire of Hades, he hated the broccoli. 

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.