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Oct 1, 2008 09:15 AM

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

We at 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 .

Got suggestions ?

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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 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 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.