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What Are The 100 Best Dishes In The World & Where To Get Them

We at Devour.tv are trying to figure out the best dishes in the world. These are the dishes so iconic that when you get off the plane, that's where you head first - and we'd like to know who makes the best... beignets (the French dougnuts) isn't enough - but beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans is perfect or Hairy Crab, from Yang Cheng Lake outside Shanghai;

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 Long Beach Seafood in Singapore or the paddle-roasted barbequed baby pig in Chang Mai or .

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  1. I'll nominate one. Pasta al'amatriciana (I think they use bucatini or percetelli) at the Cook's Shop/Pasta Shop in Windsor, Ontario. I used to visit my grandparents in Michigan every summer, and we would drive up to Canada just for the food.

    Although the Amatriciana is by far my favorite, the minestrone, garlic bread, and carbonara are also PHENOMENAL.

    Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. It's been far too long since I've been there.

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    1. re: Al_Pal

      To add to the above, the food there is even better than much of what I ate when I was actually IN Italy.

    2. I would also look at Hostaria Costanza in Rome. I was only in Rome for a week, but I ate there several times, and everything I had there was incredible. It's a tiny little place off one of the side streets near Campo dei Fiori. It was a few years ago, so I'm not great on specifics, but I know I ate the gnocchi, and I had a risotto (I think spinach) on another occasion. Sorry I'm not better with the details. There are very few places I dream of eating at, even years later, but this is one I'll never forget.

      1. Bum idea. Maybe Canada does have the best Italian food on the planet, but I'd also want to hear from some billionaire who's also eaten at the 400 best restaurants in Italy and maybe 5,000 Italian restaurants in other countries.. And within the past year, of course. Chefs and restaurant owners do change.

        1. For the first time in a long time, I've come up with a real reason for why we need to keep differentiating foodies and chowhounds. This post is distasteful to me - probably, because I'm a chowhound. It seems like the epitome of foodieness.

          It's not that foods on this list would not be good - of course, they would be good. But it just totally lacks the idea of adventurousness and discovery. It completely sets up the idea that there is some expert list of must-go-to's if you're a serious foodie. May be. But if you're a serious chowhound, the only must go to is to discover the new and wonderful - which is why the foodie will always be going to the has-been, has-been discovered, once-was-the-most-delicious, the really-cool-place to go if you're going to be a foodie.

          Hey - Devour.TV (whoever you are) - be a chowhound, not a foodie. Discover deliciousness - whether that's in Cafe Du Monde or some ma and pa unknown place that's yet to be put on a map. Isn't it just good enough to know that NOLA is full of fine beignets and lots of other incredible foods, and that a little walking around, snooping, asking locals questions, will get you some real deliciousness? Whether you go to China or the local Chinatown, you ought to search for a delicious meal - hopefully something new - not just what you were told was on someone's list.

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          1. re: applehome

            What's NOLA? I agree, partly because that we have little to no disposable income for fine dining, but we have traveled widely. Half the fun is in the chase.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              New Orleans, Louisiana.

              But having said all that I just did, I'd still love to try the black pepper crab. People should go over to Devour.tv and check out their video on the crab. It's done very well. Also caught a glimpse of David Rosengarten on another video.

              OK - so you should discover for yourself. But here's my contribution, anyway. When in Yokohama at either the main or the shin-Yokohama station, you must have the shu-mai that comes in the bento boxes with the little ceramic shoyu containers and the hot mustard. Get it hot - rather than from the vendors around trains, go to the stores/booths in the food court areas under the platforms. Eat it on the train, or just standing right there...

            2. re: applehome

              Hey, that's a nice little essay!!

              1. I agree with Applehome's sentiments. Having said that:

                Laab & khao niyao at the fifth from the end no name rustic place on the Mekong in Vientiane.

                Flat bread and mutton at km 53 heading west out of Lahore, Pakistan

                Pork stuffed bittergourd in the no-name place across from the Bac Anh hotel in Canh Tho, Vietnam

                Morning tamales and atole from the lady on NW corner where the taxis stop in San Pedro Corso (or whatever the town's new name is), Chiapas

                Mondongo at the main market at lunch in Huatusco, Mexico

                Goat ribs, fruit, salads, nuts, juices, vodka, and breads under that tree across the river from Afganistan in Tajikistan

                Fried pork, beans, and rice lunch at the Bomberos, Palmira, Colombia

                Any 12 course dinner at the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultura Sciences in Hainan Island, China

                Tandoor naan and goat in the no-name place 50 metres down from the no name hotel in Cuttack, India

                Chicken piri piri on the road 12 km north of Beira, Mozambique

                Steak tartere at the Hotel du France, Tana, Madagascar

                I could go on to 100, but doubt that these are what Devour.tv has in mind.

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                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Having said that: baby reindeer chops in Ivalo Finland, a crayfish (rapu) fest in Helsinki, whale steak w/ North Atlantic shrimp sauce is Stavanger, Norway, fried cod's cheeks and tongues in Bergen, Norway, green chile enchiladas and dancing Mexican polkas at Chief Rancho's in San Fidel, New Mexico, Lanb at The Compound, Sante Fe: a churasco in in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and saltenas and coffee for breakfast at El Horno, Steamed clams, garlic mussels and boiled lobster at The Tidal Falls Lobster Pound, Hancock, Maine; Polish combination platter at Polonia, South River, NJ, borscht and shashliki at The Odessa in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; saltenas, peanut soup and chicharone at Me Bolivia, Sunntside, Queens; shrimp in coconut sauce on the beach in Bahia, Brazil,; and you might as well through in ribs in Kansasa City, BBQ at Smitty's in Texas, tacos al pastor at Rosita's taco trailer in Austin and George. Cony Island Dogs in Worcester, Mass.
                  So much food, so little time.

                2. Leitao assado (roast suckling pig) in Mealhada, Portugal (we ate at Pedro dos Leitoes, but there are many other places that serve it) . Roasted over eucalyptus bark for an hour, it is moist and just melts in your mouth. Not to mention the crispy skin. I just returned from a trip to Portugal and I think this should definitely make the list. AND maybe even the pasteis de nata (custard pastries) that are found everywhere there with the best at Antiga Confeitaria de Belem. I will forever miss those pastries.

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                  1. re: lynnlato

                    Mealhada sure is a roast suckling pig town, isn't ? I agree with you. They have it down to a science. The potato chips served with our meal were lovely too. One of my favorite meals of all times. We ate at Meta dos Leitoes.

                    1. re: Pat Hammond

                      Hello Pat:

                      Unlikely you'll see this, or if you do, I, your reply, as I seldom visit CH these days. As a matter of fact, I was e-mailing someone in Portugal, mentioned Mealhada to them and thought I'd Google it to see what came up. Sure enough this CH thread. Before reading who'd wrote it, I read about Meta Dos Leitoes. Yes, one of the best meals I've ever had in my life as well. That particular trip / meal, was part of the same one which I wrote about on CH, under the title of Le Trou > moved at the time to the French Boards. Searching for the perfect Cassuolet. Just as with my finding, on the last day of my journey, the perfect Cassuolet, by pure dumb luck I happened upon Mealhada. I actually smelt it about 1/4 of a mile before driving into town, my chin covered with drool. I immediately after pinching myself and exploring the town, got a motel room as I knew I'd be in no condition to drive anywhere after the feed I predicted for later that night. It was like a Willie Wonka Factory for porkavores. The wonderful smokey greasiness, the crackling skin, their sparkling wine to cut the fat... and yes the chips, I'd forgotten the chips. I still, even though it's been years since... I still tell everyone who'll listen about it. Also, and still, one of the 2 best gifts I from time to time will give someone I think will be appreciative of it is, a triangular box of tooth picks I'd gotten from Meta Dos Leitoes. Wonderful packaging, down to the image of a suckling pig on a spit with the caption > Leitao assado a Bairradaa, on one of the 3 sides. The other 2 with the restaurants' information. The best gift I brought home during my travels that year. What a trip, what a year! I give them sparingly and actually have 3 left of the 9 they were gracious enough to give me.

                      I once actually thought of auctioning them off along with my / "The" original illuminated Pearsons Texas Bar-B-Que sign that I bought from Ellen Goldberg before she sold it; from the old LIC location, on CH when they / Jim was searching for funding. Well pre-CNET.

                      If you were wondering... the other gift I will sometimes give to someone I feel will "get it" is... when the original Lundy's (Sheepshead Bay) was under demolition, I scavenged through the rubble and found a box of original thick padded paper Lundy's "of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn" Lobster Bibs. Of those, my original intention was to include them in a frame with a vintage photograph of Lundys from the 20s and market them in Florida to folks from Brooklyn who'd worked all week to take family to Lundys for the Shore Dinner. Oh those tiny round baking powder rolls > used to eat a million of 'um > and that was even before the clam chowder came out.

                      Anyway... if you see this, all my best and I hope you have been and remain well.


                      Allen Bank

                      1. re: allenbank

                        Small chowhound world, Allen! And I'm looking at *my* toothpick dispenser where it sits on my desk. Thanks so much for the delicious memory. Pat

                  2. Lobster Savannah at Locke-Ober in Boston

                    1. Wow some people are way serious...I would not consider myself a Foodie or a Chowhound, don't get me wrong I do love this sight, but I just LOVE FOOD!
                      I love trying places that are recommended and I love discovering new places to recommend.

                      You could say I am a food lover, but it has to be fresh and beyond good, no crap aloud!

                      As for some of the best dishes...

                      Fresh Shark Hash in Bermuda (St. David's)

                      Fresh Grilled Wahoo Barracuda Grill (Bermuda) or my house (since my husband is a fisherman) and I mean fresh, caught and grilled the same day caught and yes you can taste the difference

                      And I might get booed for this but don't care for they are the best I have ever had hands down...the Fried Clam Dish at Umberto's in Little Italy in New York are the best and yes it is the type of dish that when I land in NY it is the first place I head to for the FRIED CLAMS!

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                      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                        That's exactly what i was thinking too....people are way too serious. I just love food, plain and simple. Foodie, chowhounder, who cares..either way, it's all about the food! I fail to see any negatives for having a list like this. It can open up your eyes and mind to new things. I'd love to try baby reindeer chops in Finland or fried clams in NY. I'd LOVE to try the Leitao assado in Portugal, it sounds amazing! I know things now that I didn't know before. Isn't that a good thing?

                        The best dish I've ever had was Chili Crab in Singapore (sorry, I don't know the name of the restaurant). Second best, Fishhead Curry (also in Singapore). They're almost painful to eat in the blistering heat, but so worth it!

                      2. I'm w/ BGG: I don't care what anybody calls me; I love food. And I especially love fried clams. While I've never been to Umberto's, I know that whenever I land in Boston, I start plotting a side trip to Ipswich and, particularly, The Clambox, for fried clams—crunchy, briny, salty, soft-bellied oceanic ambrosia.

                        Which I might never have discovered without a guidebook--yes, someone else's list of favorites. I will be grateful to those researchers for the rest of my life. And I will say, without shame, that I love watching "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network, not because I'm so much a sheep that I don't want to discover things on my own, but more because life’s short, leisure limited, and other folks' experiences, ideas, suggestions--just like those on this site--help point me in the direction of good food. I'm not a slave to other people's lists, but I'm also not silly enough to think that it won't be good because someone else got there first, or vice versa.

                        So thank all of you, who, despite your objections to lists and exhortations for us to discover for ourselves, offered up your thoughts anyway. Because they will be most useful to those of us making our way through these gardens of earthly delights with less time, lesser skill, poorer radar. Your experiences help me create mine.

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                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                          I love the clams in the New England area... Even though Umberto's have the best fried clams, they are little necks and cherrystones...Boston and Maine are the places for belly clams...hello! I Love traveling along the back roads from Boston to Boothbay Harbour Maine and stopping at the little seafood places along the way, we have come across some darn great places that way.

                          And yes "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" is a great show to learn about interesting places to chowdown...Matter of fact I started making Beef Shanks because of the show and my friends and husband loves me even more for it :)

                          Next time in Boston check out No Name Restaurant, that is the name...NO NAME, great little find, fresh seafood, great staff had a blast there with our friends!

                          1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                            LOL, I took my DH on a wild goose (well, seafood) chase looking for No Name Restaurant--and we never found it. Gave up and found someplce else. But I'm up for a return search.
                            We take a vacation about every other summer in which we start in Boston and drive up the coast, stopping along the way--lobster, clams, lobster, clams: can't get enough. I used to have to go up to Boston on business a few times a year, usually not in summer, alas, but I always managed to get at least one meal of NE seafood while there, even if it ended up being at the airport.
                            Next time in NYC, have to check out Umberto's clams. (Wasn't there some famous mafia killing there? Not that that would deter me from good clams!)

                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                              Nomad, when you pass up this way, stop in Hoboken and head to Biggie's Clam Bar. I live right down the street. If I were a betting man I would say that this place has mob ties, but who knows. lol I'll meet you there and we can find out together. I've had the clams there and there are quite good, but my experience with clams is not much as they are not on many menus back home.

                              1. re: roro1831

                                Lucky you; It is my curse to love clams and be in New Orleans. But, let me see, if I lived near clams, I wouldn't have any number of things I couldn't live w/out. So I should count my blessings and not my curses!
                                As fate would have it, I have a good friend who is trying to decide whether to take a job and move to Hoboken. So I may indeed get to Biggie's, sooner rather than later.

                                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                  Well, if they move here and are looking for a list of places in town that are worthwhile let me know. This place has a lot of restaurants/bars which may have a good item, but few are on a whole excellent. I tend to head over to Jersey City or into NYC when I want excellent food, or have a craving for fried chicken.

                                  1. re: roro1831

                                    Damn, having to go to NYC to eat. What a drag. ;)
                                    If she decides to move, I will definitely ask for your recs, roro1831.

                                    1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                      Yeah I know, poor me. That 15 minute walk to the PATH is killer. lol
                                      Living so close to NYC is like growing up in Metairie, you are close enough to head to the French Quarter/CBD whenever you want, but you never get down there.
                                      I'll be in the city Friday to meet with accountant, so will have to eat someplace afterwards

                                      1. re: roro1831

                                        living on a small island in the middle of the ocean (Bermuda) the shortest flight is to NYC and it is great because I can go once a year to get my culinary chowdown on...planning a trip now for June...so if there anything that you think is MUST for me let me know...$$$ is not an object

                              2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                No Name was kind if hard to find, it was in area that no one would ever think of, something along the lines of a warehouse area.

                                We try to hit Maine every year, this year Portland for 6 days! Can't wait, might take in the Lobster Festival in Rockland also, but just for a day trip from Portland.

                                Correct, about Umberto's - it was after a Mafia member was found not guilty he went there with his wife and child and was shot.
                                Last time there we meet the owner and sat talked and drank some homemade wine he brought out, we had so much fun!