Fresh off his resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary, Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders returned to New York City yesterday, taking the time to eat at not one but two of the city’s finest restaurants. It’s a Bernie Sanders bang bang!

First, the self-described “democratic socialist” dined with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s, the venerable soul-food restaurant in Harlem. Later, he took CBS News on a tour of his old Brooklyn stomping grounds (Sanders grew up in the Kings County neighborhood of Midwood) and grabbed a bite at local standout Memo Shish Kebab along the way.

The Harlem location was an obvious choice; Sylvia’s is a frequent stop for campaigning politicos. The kebab place, though, is a bit of surprise, and not because its Turkish food isn’t any good, but because Sanders didn’t make the obligatory stop at Midwood’s sacred-cow pizzeria Di Fara instead.

Maybe this selection just speaks to the type of candidate Sanders really is: a man of the people, a man who’s immune to all the bluster and bullshit. Or maybe he just read our story about the pizza place.

Either way, the Di Fara snub brings new meaning to Sanders’s “Feel the Bern” slogan.

Having Lunch with Bernie sanders

Posted by Memo Shish Kebab on Wednesday, February 10, 2016