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What Are The Best Dishes In The Whole World ?

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I am trying to figure out the best dishes in the world, icons, ones so good that when you get off the plane, that's where you head first.

They can be high or low, from Goose Island hand-crafted root beer or egg creams from Gem Spa on St Marks (if they still make 'em) to the single best dish in the world - Black Pepper Crab at East Coast Seafood in Singapore or the paddle-roasted barbequed baby pig in Chang Mai or the beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

Got suggestions ?

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  1. Ray's coffee egg cream Ave. A bet. 7th & St. Marks;
    chicken soup with matzo balls-Jewish cuisine;
    summer rolls with hosein dipping sauce Vietnamese;
    fried whole fish with chili sauce Thai,Chinese- Asian;
    mole poblano Mexican;
    fish and chips British;
    flying fish and coconut bake-Trinidadian and Tobagonian;
    croissants-French;
    just to name a few

    1. Ribs, Southern style.

      Gumbo.

      Butter Chicken.

      And, the world over, cheese and bread.

      DT

      1. When we go to the Bloomsburg Fair, my first stop is always the waffle ice cream sandwich stand and my last stop is always the stand that has the really big do-nuts. Just a junky comin' and goin'.

        1. Nunzio's pizza, Staten Island.

          1. Muffuletta sandwich at the Central Grocery in New Orleans.

            Ribs at Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa.

            Pistachio ice cream at the Penn State Creamery.

            Conch fritters at Blackbeard's Landing on Coral Beach, GBI.

            1. Chicken Fried steak with mashed potatoes an cream gravy, at the Murphys Hotel in Murphys CA.

              Really good chinese...

              1. In and Out Double Double-West Coast

                1. Butter Chicken: Amber India, 2290 El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

                  Thai Chili Chocolate gelato (or just about any flavor): Il Laboratorio del Gelato, 95 Orchard St, NYC

                  Crabmeat Cheesecake: Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., New Orleans

                  Lobster roll: Any run-down lobster pound on the Maine Coast

                  Truffles: XOXO, 754 Columbus St, San Francisco

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                  1. re: Steve Green

                    2nd the lobster roll!

                  2. mac n' cheese

                    1. -Sesame orange salad dressing at Greenwich, CT Hayday Market

                      -Pumpkin waffles with sour cream and honey at Sarabeth's NYC

                      -Jack's hamburgers on Federal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL years ago

                      -Domino's Pizza in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

                      1. Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs

                        1. Spain: Joselito Guijuelo jamón iberico.

                          1. Fresh sashimi, korean style, called hweh. haven't ever found a decent place in the US, but gorged myself on it when i went to korea about 15 years ago...it's served with thinly sliced daikon, scallions, and a spicy chili bean sauce...yum.

                            Spicy Tuna salad at a hole in the wall teriyaki joint in Laguna Hills, CA.

                            Apparently, I'm craving raw, spicy fish today. :o)

                            1. I'm a big ice cream/gelato fan and for me there is one place that I MUST visit every time I go to Philly. It's Capogiro Gelato. I know that plenty will say that there is better gelato to be had, but it's the best gelato that I'VE had.

                              1. Burritos from Burrito Real in Mountain View, CA
                                Grandma's Especiale (chicken with a Guajillo pepper cream sauce) at Fiesta Del Mar in Mountain View, CA

                                1. the italian tuna and veggie subs from chickie's deli in south philly
                                  my mom's mashed potatoes and salmon croquettes
                                  totonno's pizza in ci brooklyn
                                  sicilian slices at l&b in bensonhurst brooklyn
                                  shrimp oreganata at parkside in corona ny
                                  toasted almond ice cream from applegate farm in upper montclair nj
                                  semolina bread and rainbow cookies from catalano bakery in middle village ny
                                  veggie split pea soup from hale & hearty
                                  french onion soup and fries from les halles pas nyc location

                                  1. A few favorites:
                                    Hollywood: Musso and Frank's Tomato Soup
                                    Los Angeles: Tito's Burrito
                                    Milwaukee: Jake's Corned Beef Sandwich
                                    Milwaukee: Kopp's frozen custard & Burgers
                                    Florence, Italy: Hotel del Italia del Corona's spinach Lasagna
                                    Madison: Brat House steak sandwiches
                                    Miami: Rascal House corned beef hash

                                    1. my favorites:
                                      entrecote and frites in paris
                                      alsacian tarte flambee
                                      seafood risotto in viareggio, the tuscan seaside
                                      fried boquerones in malaga, spain
                                      fresh stracchino cheese eaten with prosciutto
                                      pizza from Una Pizza Napoletana (NY - better than any I had in Italy)
                                      my dad's linguine w/clams sauce
                                      my Uncle Ralph's calzones (ham and cheese deep fried in crisco) and his gnocchi w/tomato sauce.
                                      pesto made from the gangiveccho cookbooks (pignoli, hazlenuts, walnuts, almonds, basil, parsley, parmigiano and pecorino)
                                      all manner of dim sum, especially chicken feet, shrimp in rice pasta sheets and soup dumplings
                                      my grandmother's baked peppers and eggplant
                                      my boyfriend's father's lentil soup (yellow lentils, onions, carrots)
                                      baba ganoush from al basha restaurant in patterson new jersey or from Tanoreen in Bay Ridge.
                                      orange juice, pumpkin and walnut, and pesto zucchini and potato risottos.
                                      shitake mushrooms in pasta or alone.

                                      1. My mama's cooking

                                        1. One of the nominees would have to be Nonni’s Sunday Chicken at Rancho Pinot Grill in Scottsdale.

                                          1. Bar B Q shrimp from Pascal's Manale in New Orleans

                                            Indonesisan Rijstafel in Amsterdam
                                            Manny's corned beef sandwich in Chicago
                                            Redamak's swiss mushroom burger ,New Buffalo
                                            Jack in the box taco (guilty pleasure)
                                            Skip's Other Place prime rib ,New Buffalo
                                            Phil Schmit's or Tiebel's perch in NW Indiana
                                            good but hard to find that is good pecan pie
                                            your own mothers Sunday roast beef.

                                            1. Scallops in Black Tie at Daniel in New York. (If it's not on the menu that night, just ask.)

                                              The 4-cheese pizza at Pizzeria Regina in Boston.

                                              My tailgate rack of lamb at Gillette Stadium.

                                              A lamb French dip at Phillipe's in Los Angeles.

                                              A chili cheese dog at the Varsity in Atlanta.

                                              The lemon chicken at Hamersley's in Boston.

                                              Mrs. Curran's mashed potatoes in Mission Hill, Boston.

                                              Reed Sheppard's fried chicken, Boston.

                                              Papardelle and rabbit at Mamma Maria's in Boston's North End.

                                              The giant open-face seafood ravioli at Terramia in Boston's North End (yes, I live in Boston's North End).

                                              And in memory of the late, great Tim's Tavern, Boston, the rare Swiss cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and onions.

                                              1. Anything White Truffle...
                                                Chili/Bacon/Fried Onion Dog from Rawleys Fairfied CT (Sure wish Chico hadn't sold out)
                                                Dinner in that farm house in Monferrato area of Italy

                                                1. beef carpaccio with arugula salad at harry's bar in venice, italy
                                                  fresh rasberry tiramisu at a tiny trattoria in florence
                                                  tomatoes with burrata at all' arrabiata in rome

                                                  1. spicy tuna hand rolls from nouveau sushi in montclair, nj

                                                    1. A half inch slab of fatty brisket from Smitty's Market, Lockhart, TX.

                                                      1. My fave dish is Paella Valenciana. The best paella I ever had was at a little mom & pop place in Ibiza, where the grandma was making it, and the grandpa was serving. It was so good, it literally brought tears to my eyes.

                                                        I also love the authentic tapas that you can find in Spain.

                                                        1. Fresh caught and cooked seafood just about anywhere where there's decent seafood. My fav - mahi mahi in Hawaii. $2 bucks a pound from a guy selling it out of his truck, went to a friend's house and grilled some. Any really fresh cooked seafood however usually does it.

                                                          Specific places: carne asada from a La Cumbre in SF, al pastor from CanCun in SF, carnitas from La Bomba in Mountain View.