Summer’s enormous iconic fruit is making its way onto seasonal menus at restaurants and bars across the country. Watermelon stars in salads, gazpachos, crudo and cocktails, from drinks served in its hallowed out rind to fresh feta and mint starters. Fans of the fruit will find creative spins with pizza, poke, tostadas and sorbet.
Browse the photos above for watermelon served all kinds of ways, and see more summer flavors below.
In North Bethesda, Md., Summer House Santa Monica serves its Watermelon Smash with fresh watermelon, muddled mint and lime cordial.
In Chicago, Summer House Santa Monica serves Ahi Tuna & Watermelon Tostadas with thai chili, avocado, crema and cilantro.
In Chicago, Beatrix serves Halibut & Thai Watermelon Salad with basil, cilantro, mint and nuoc cham vinaigrette
In Chicago, Hub 51 serves Ashley’s Kick with cucumber-infused Beefeater Gin, fresh pressed watermelon juice, basil-infused simple syrup and lime juice.
In Chicago, Ēma serves Watermelon & Local Feta with strawberry, cucumber, mint and Fresno chili.