What Are The Best Dishes In The Whole World ?
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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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
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;
just to name a few