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Are These Painfully Hipster Foods Actually Served In Restaurants?

Don't let the hipsters fool you.

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Here's the deal: Below is a combination of completely made up hipster dishes and actual meals offered on restaurant menus around the country. Try to separate the hipster meals from the real ones.

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  1. Atlantic halibut with herbed farro, fennel, tatsoi, matbucha coulis
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is on a real menu

    Yup, this is a real menu item offered at Chillmark Tavern in Martha's Vineyard. And if you're wondering, tatsoi is not a karate move, but a mustardy, leafy vegetable, and matboucha is a tomato-based Moroccan spread. The more you know!

  2. Nigella whey brioche bun, sheeted egg, chicken sausage, menemen, green herbs
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    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If you order the breakfast sandwich at Sqirl in Los Angeles, you'll be greeted by this creation. Maybe then you can get back to me about what the heck a "sheeted egg" is.

  3. Sprouted artichoke toast with blistered shishitos and sweet corn purée.
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    This is on a real menu
    Correct
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    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is fake.

    Although it probably exists somewhere...

  4. Deconstructed lasagne, foraged chanterelles, guanciale, tomato-basil reduction.
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is fake

    Though I wish it weren't.

  5. Mixed chicories, croutons, Grana Padano vinaigrette, boquerones.<br />
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is on a real menu

    Olympia Provisions in Seattle sure does offer a fancy-ass Caesar salad. But why settle for romaine when you can use chicories?

  6. Burrata, heirloom tomato, rhubarb compote, and balsamic emulsion on whole grain sourdough.
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is fake

    Sounds pretty damn good though, doesn't it?

  7. New potatoes,<br />bone marrow, fried cardoons, cured egg yolk, hazelnut<br />
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Chicago's Lula Café certainly isn't dishing up your boring old potatoes. If you need help translating, cardoons are a cousin to artichoke, and cured egg yolk is a synonym for heaven on a plate.

  8. Crispy rice bowl, house-cured gravlax, daikon, nori, wasabi aioli
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is fake

    But you'd totally order it, wouldn't you?

  9. Eggplant à la plancha, shiso, yogurt, cara cara orange, miso sabayon<br /><br />
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    At Central Provisions in Portland, Maine, you can enjoy this fancy grilled Asian-inspired eggplant. While I can't tell you exactly what miso sabayon is (anyone, Bueller?), cara cara oranges are a step above your typical navel oranges, with their pinkish-red flesh and intense flavor.

  10. Braised pork belly, padrón pepper, peach, yuzu kosho aioli
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is on a real menu

    Step into the Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle and you can nosh on this ever-so-delectable pork belly. The yuzu kosho aioli is a Japanese condiment made from chilis and yuzu citrus.

  11. Zucchini ribbons, blistered cherry tomatoes, arugula-walnut pesto, 60-minute egg
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is fake

    Believe it or not, the 60-minute egg is, in fact, a thing (it's boiled at 62.5°C for 60 minutes). However this dish is a complete figment of my imagination.

  12. Octopus, Korean pear, sweet-soy scallion, Riesling gelée, mango
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You can find this seafood dish at Manhattan's Thursday Kitchen. And let's just take a minute to acknowledge Riesling gelée. It's WINE JELLY, people!

  13. Labneh, beet hummus, millet crunch, everything cracker<br /><br />
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is on a real menu

    At Launderette in Austin, start your meal off with this hipster speciality. It features lebneh (which is a Lebanese yogurt dip), bright pink hummus, some crunchy birdseed things, and fancy crackers.

  14. Pork spare ribs, tomato-bacon marmalade, pickled cabbage, chili jus.
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    Incorrect
    This is on a real menu
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is made-up, hipster nonsense.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is fake

    I'm not even sure if chili jus exists, but it sounds like it should, especially among the hipster crowds.

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