Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

Hot Doug’s, Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

There’s a reason the line is so damn long… it’s worth the wait. I’d also like to think their penchant for alliteration as something to do with it as they call themselves “The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium”. Foie Gras and Sauternes duck sausage? Brown Ale and Chipotle Buffalo Sausage? Unlike many snazzy hot dog joints that just slather different crap on one or two commercial hot dogs (potato chips? peanut butter?), the folks at Hot Doug’s focus on the meat first and then complement it with appropriate (and delicious) condiments and add-ons. Not convinced? Three words: Duck. Fat. Fries. What are you waiting for? (Apologies for the iPhone photography.)

Naan-N-Curry, Renton, Washington

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Despite the bunch of Indian restaurants in metro Seattle, finding a good one is harder than you might imagine. The only reason it took me so long to try is because it’s located 20 minutes south of Seattle in Renton. The distance will no longer dissuade me as I the savory crispy hot Chicken Pakora was the best I’d ever had.

Chef Cafe, Seattle, Washington

Monday, November 1st, 2010

What about Books Library? Or Instruments Music Shop? Wacky name aside, Chef Cafe stands out amid the plethora of Ethiopian restaurants that litter Seattle. My favorite was the Katenga — toasted Injera (spongy bread) coated in butter and spice. More please.

Gryfe’s Bagel Bakery, Toronto, Canada

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
“They’re not from New York.
The best bagels in the world
seem to like hockey.”


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Bagels
· Earth ·
Gryfe’s Bagel Bakery

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Bagels
· Toronto ·
Gryfe’s Bagel Bakery


3421 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M6A, CANADA (416) 783-1552

The French Laundry, Yountville, California

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
“Technically perfect.
But does it have any soul?
More salmon cones please.”


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Fine Dining
· San Francisco Bay Area ·
The French Laundry


6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-2380, website

Kampuchea, New York, New York

Friday, March 26th, 2010
“It’s Cambodian.
Refined but not pretentious.
Mayo on my corn?”


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Refined Cambodian
· new york city ·
Kampuchea


78 Rivington St. (at Allen St.), New York, NY 10002, (212) 529-3901, website

Mistral Kitchen, Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
(This post is being simulcast on the Seattle PI and Tastingmenu. I encourage readers of each to check out the other. End of announcement.)
“Simple confidence.
Seafood stars. Buttery tones.
Belickis relaxed.”


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Fine Dining
· seattle ·
Mistral Kitchen


2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, (206) 623-1922, website

Aburiya Kinnosuke, New York, New York

Thursday, March 11th, 2010
“I’m in Manhattan.
But it feels like Tokyo.
Tsukune’s divine.”


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Robatayaki
· new york city ·
Aburiya Kinnosuke

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Tsukune
· new york city ·
Aburiya Kinnosuke


213 E 45th St., New York, NY 10017, (212) 867-5454, website

Tilth, Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
(This post is being simulcast on the Seattle PI and Tastingmenu. I encourage readers of each to check out the other. End of announcement.)
“Kitchen stuffed with cooks.
Making perfect risotto.
And it’s organic.”


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Organic Fine Dining
· seattle ·
Tilth

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Risotto
· seattle ·
Tilth


1411 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 633-0801, website

Hummus Kitchen, New York, New York

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
“Beautiful floor tiles.
Tart fresh chopped spicy goodness.
It’s the schug that shines.”


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Schug
· new york city ·
Hummus Kitchen


Hell’s Kitchen, 768 9th Ave., New York, NY, (212) 333-3009
Upper East Side,1613 2nd Ave., New York, NY, (212) 988-0090
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