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May 8, 2014 06:28 PM

Restaurant / Food Bucket List

My husband recently challenged me to make my restaurant / food bucket list. Please share some of your not-to-miss restaurants and favorite dishes.

I'm looking to capture all types of experiences - from The French Laundry to the Kogi BBQ Truck. I'm looking not only for amazing food, but also experiences. You know - those places where the food may not be the best you've ever eaten, but maybe the view, or the service, or the ambiance made it memorable.


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  1. La Ciccia. SF / Popeyes / Le Bernardin. NYC

    1. Well, these are places I've been rather than on my own bucket list, but:

      NYC: Le Bernardin is a 3-star Michelin place in NYC that made the "finest" food I've ever had.

      Chicago: Calumet Fisheries is an old-school smokehouse at the foot of a bridge in WAAAY South Chicago that makes delightful smoked fish and fried foods. You can eat on the bridge right there where the Blues Brothers did their drawbridge stunt. Cash only. No seating to speak of. You take out or eat in your car. Atmosphere is a big part of the recollection here.

      Berlin: Döner Kebab street food stalls. I'd kill to get back there for another try. This should be at the top of my list.

      Philadelphia: really requires a trek and a car--John's Roast Pork for a Roast Pork Sandwich & a Cheesesteak (watch the hours). Then go to DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market for their Italian sub and/or the Pork and Broccoli Rab; then go to Cosmi's Deli just south of the Philly Italian Market (kind of a dodgy area). Then go to your cardiologist, or get one pronto.

      Brooklyn: Juliana's Pizza. Ignore the newer nearby Grimaldi's with the longer line. Read up on the history. Go Juliana's.

      I could go on, but people can only take so much...

      3 Replies
      1. re: Bada Bing

        I was surprised to read that doner kebab was supposedly actually invented in Berlin

        1. re: drongo

          There is something called Döner Kebab that is indigenous to Turkey and those environs: the term simply means meat barbecued on a vertical rotisserie. But the post-WWII Turkish immigrants to Berlin and elsewhere in Germany fashioned a new spin on it, and in that form it's, seriously, the food I most eagerly long to try again.

          Of course, that dates to my youth in Germany, and maybe now that I'm over fifty it might, ahem, go down differently. In some things, you can't return to home. I'd bring some antacid.

          1. re: Bada Bing

            Organ Döner Kebab sounds like it belongs on a bucket list.

      2. I find making a "bucket list" well before your impending demise to be a bit....premature? Hope I'm wrong about your health status ;-)

        1. Le Bernadin, Nong's Khoa Man Gai stall in Portland, Korean Street food in Korea, and Poutine in Quebec.
          And this place in Zanzibar: http://www.therockrestaurantzanzibar....
          Who knows if the foods any good? But the view is outrageous!
          I'm optimistic that I'll get it all done ;)

          1. In late October, go to Peter Kelly's X2O in Yonkers, NY. This place sits on the upper floors of a pier jutting into the Hudson River. Your view ranges from the Manhattan skyline to the Tappan Zee Bridge. At that time of year, the fall colors should be at their peak, Once the food comes out, you'll forget about the view.