To say the least, the restaurant industry needs our help right now - especially after all they’ve done for us over the last year. That’s why we put this guide together, with our top merch picks from LA to London. It has an engraved serving board for your at-home charcuterie needs, a bagel-printed bandana to match your bagel-ridden heart, and lots of other giftable goods.
The “Cash Only” Bomber Jacket
Looking for a stylish way to tell strangers, “Yes, I know all about the best dive bar in Miami”? Buy the “Cash Only” embroidered bomber jacket from South Beach’s greatest bar, Mac’s Club Deuce. The tag says “A sunny place for shady people,” which will be a cool thing to show the next dive bar aficionado who nods at you from across the room.
A Onesie For Babies Who Like Restaurants
Your baby might not be forming words quite yet, but it isn’t too early for them to have good taste in restaurants. Strap them into this Boia De baby onesie. Rocking gear from one of Miami’s best restaurants is sure to impress all their friends down at, uh, wherever babies hang out.
An Actual Crab Claw Keychain
Stone crab season is a big deal in South Florida. And Joe’s, the oldest restaurant in Miami Beach, serves so many crabs that they make keychains out of excess claws. Pull this bad boy out of your pocket and people will know that you either A) have the patience to wait three hours for a table at Joe’s or B) are an amateur stone crab taxidermist.
A Bold, But Not Overbearing Long Sleeve
Like a mullet, this long-sleeve crewneck from Teranga is modest in the front but makes a real statement in the back. Available in either black or grey, this T-shirt has a colorful design that’s still subtle enough to pair with your everyday uniform.
The Serving Board That’s Almost Too Beautiful To Use
Having an engraved image of the original Russ & Daughters on your serving board is the grown-up New Yorker’s answer to an “I Love NY″ T-shirt. But no matter where you live, this gorgeous block of wood will make you think twice about where to cut up those strawberries in your kitchen.
The Perfect Pandemic Blanket
Wrapping yourself like a burrito in this blanket from The Four Horsemen should bring you lots of comfort while waiting for restaurants to safely open up again at 100% capacity. The cream color is embellished with a pandemic-appropriate version of the restaurant’s emblem, while the black version has an image of a bear drinking wine.
A Pineapple Bun Print
Because an illustration of Hong Kong-style diner food is much more pleasant to the eye than that dent on your bedroom wall.
A Fun Honeycomb Cake Pan
Honey Butter Fried Chicken is famous for its delicious honeycomb-shaped corn muffins, and their online shop sells the sells pans you need to make these muffins at home, along with muffin mix, hot sauce, mugs, and other gift-worthy stuff.
Decidedly Black-Tie Cufflinks
We can’t think of anything more delightful than pastrami sandwich cufflinks and a matzo ball soup keychain. And you can get both of those things (as well as a lot of other cool merch like bagel and lox cufflinks) from [Manny’s], a classic family-owned deli in Chicago.
The Parachute Bing Bread Book
All available evidence indicates that Parachute’s bing bread is one of the most delicious things you can eat - and they made a little cookbook dedicated to recreating it. Also, check out their coffee tumblers, tote bags, and shirts. All proceeds from those gifts go to The Abundance Setting, a non-profit created to help working mothers in the hospitality industry.
A Bandana For You And Your Dog
Boichik Bagels in Berkeley is home to some of our favorite bagels in the Bay Area, and the only thing better than biting into one of their perfectly chewy everything bagels would be doing that while wearing this incredibly adorable bagel-covered bandana. Get matching ones for you and your dog.
A Hat Covered In Pepperoni
If pepperoni cups are your primary love language, you’ll want to grab one of these hats from Square Pie Guys, a Detroit-style pizza spot in SF. It’s got one of SPG’s signature pizza squares embroidered on the front, complete with an ample amount of pepperoni.
Celebrate The Best Bread In SF
If you want to rep some of San Francisco’s best bread on your chest, check out Josey Baker Bread’s merch shop. We especially love the colorful pizza surfer tee, but you can also order long sleeves, tote bags, and tickets to a sourdough-making class.
The Mister Jiu’s Baggu Bag
Nothing says “I shop at farmers markets and re-grow my own green onions in a mason jar” like a scallion-themed tote from Mister Jiu’s in SF. It’s multi-functional, eco-friendly, and above all, very, very cute.
A Sleek Zine For Your Coffee Table
This zine, created by the award-winning rice ball shop Rike in Little Tokyo is the perfect addition to any coffee table. Ultra sleek with a matte finish, the 28-page booklet is filled with a mesmerizing array of golden chicken karaage pictures, dreamy interiors, and highly stylized rice balls that look straight out of an A24 movie. Local LA pick-up, only.
An Extra Cute Chinatown Tee
In celebration of their recent relocation, the super cute, extremely cordial coffee pop-up, Thank You Coffee has created this chic, minimalist tee that reads “Chinatown forever” on the back. Perfect for a casual day out, a work-from-home session, or a night spent watching Happy Together for, like, the hundredth time. Local LA pick-up only, however.
You’re Not Bread-y For This Tote
Be sure to check out this very cool tote by LA-based Clark Street Bread Company. Made with 100% cotton and adorned with Swedish buns, this looks like it belongs at The Broad, even if it’ll inevitably end up filled with candy wrappers and loose change.
Oink Oink, Look At These Fetching Tea Towels
An all-around cool place to eat in and proudly display merch from, St. John (a London institution) has loads of excellent swine-covered stuff. We like these tea towels best because they’re practical, aesthetically pleasing, and tell your dinner guests that you enjoy traveling for offal.
“Oh These? They’re Just My Hand-Crafted Venetian Gelato Spoons” - You
Sometimes, when we’re eating our gelato, we pause and think, “If only I was eating this with something equally handmade and elegant.” If you’re the same, let The River Café help you out with a classy suggestion. This Italian restaurant is renowned for both style and substance, and these multicolored hand-crafted gelato spoons are just the ticket.
A Print That Will Not Not Make You Think About Having A Drink
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