Beer-Battered Peanut Butter?! 5 Irresistible New Riffs on the Classic PB&J

Beer-Battered Peanut Butter?! 5 Irresistible New Riffs on the Classic PB&J

Elvis definitely had the right idea.

By Marcy de Luna

Just because you're an "adult" doesn't mean you can't have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In fact, if adulthood means anything at all, it means you can have a PB&J any old time you want. But you don’t have to settle for the old-school version of the power combo. The restaurants below are upping the ante on Elvis's famous fried-peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich, and putting luscious new spins on the classic. From a beer-battered version to chicken wings coated with the flavorful duo, the five dishes below are definitely not your mom's lunchbox staple.

Foie Gras PB&J

At the much-lauded Cafe Vermilionville in Lafayette, Louisiana, the nostalgic favorite gets an upgrade via decadent duck liver: Pan-seared foie gras is joined by pepper jelly and house-made cashew butter on brioche to make a spectacularly upgraded PB&J. Layer the accompanying fresh-sliced strawberry with every bite, to perfect the sweet-savory balance. Photo credit: Denny Culbert.

Boozy PB&J French Toast

Definitely not your elementary-school lunchbox meal, the boozy PB&J French Toast at The Stand in New York is beer-battered and layered with peanut butter, grape jelly and a decadent dose of bourbon-berry compote. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings at the all-in-one restaurant, bar and comedy club. The list of famous guests includes Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Zac Efron and Adrien Grenier. Photo courtesy of The Stand.

Fried PB&J

The batter-fried throwback at South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia is made with strawberry jam and peanut butter, plus a coating of crushed, sugary-sweet Frosted Flakes cereal. Photo courtesy of South Philadelphia Tap Room/Facebook.

Chicken Wings

At Houston’s The Hay Merchant, the PB&J spin takes the form of a dip for the beloved chicken wings, which arrive in orders of six, 12, 30 or 60. Dip the fried flappers in any or all of four fancy sauces, including stout barbecue sauce, caramelized fish sauce, classic hot sauce and our favorite, the sweet and savory Thai PB&J. This house take on spicy Thai peanut sauce, spiked with Sriracha, features peanut butter and grape jelly. Wash it all down with any of the 80 craft beers on the drink menu. Photo by Julie Soefer.

PB&J Fries

Potato Champion in Portland, Oregon, starts with fresh-cut, twice-fried French fries, then adds house-made satay sauce and chipotle raspberry sauce to make the ambitious, weird and totally delicious PB&J Fries. You'll never look at a French fry the same way again. Photo courtesy of Potato Champion.

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