The TastingMenu List

North America

Austin

Iron Works BBQ
100 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78701, (512) 478-4855

I don’t believe any BBQ in Austin rivals Iron Works. Juicy, savory pork. Not over the top but straight down the middle in terms of flavor. Like a big fat softball waiting to be smacked over the home run fence. I haven’t been to Salt Lick yet, but that’s outside of town, so until then, Iron Works is my choice.

Ruby’s BBQ
512 West 29th Street, Austin, Texas 78705

The BBQ turkey and the pie. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Boston

Domenic’s
987 Main St Waltham, MA 02451, (781) 899-3817, (781) 899-3664, Ciro Maione

This adorable family run Italian bakery serves incredible fresh sandwiches, and various Italian savory treats. The stromboli were my favorites during college. The rice balls were also super strong.

O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111, (617) 654-9900, fax (617) 654-9909, Tim Cushman

Cushman used to run a catering service. Is it snotty to say I wasn’t filled with confidence? But the endless procession of innovative hyper-flavorful sushi-ish bites changed my opinion in a hurry. If I’d had enough money and time I would have ordered one of every single thing on the menu.

No. 9 Park
9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108-4804, (617) 742-9991, fax (617) 742-9993, Barbara Lynch

Presto Pizzaria Restaurant
1936 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445, (617)232-4545

Nobody talks about steak subs coming from Boston. Philadelphia with their unhealthy attachment to melted processed cheese food is the star. But I believe Boston has a unique take on steak subs. Steak, provolone, mushrooms, onions, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil on a toasted roll — this is the Boston steak sub. And Presto is home of the archetype in my opinion. A singular sandwich experience. (If you want pizza, it’s good, but even better is next door at Pino’s.)

Rami’s
324 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02145, (617) 738-3577

Much like hummus, falafel can now be found everywhere in the U.S. Unfortunately, also like hummus, most of it sucks. Not so at Rami’s. It’s a genuine Israeli falafel experience with salads, hummus, sauces (make sure to get the spicy mango sauce). Absolutely fresh, and amazingly delicious. You haven’t tried falafel properly unless you’ve been to Israel or Rami’s.

Seattle

Bisato
2400 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98121, (206) 443-3301, Scott Carsberg

Daily Dozen Doughnut Company
93 Pike Street, Suite 7, Seattle, WA 98101-2052, (206) 467-7769

Da Pino
2205 NE 65th Street, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 725-1772

Delancey
1415 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

El Gaucho
2505 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121-1302, (206) 728-1337

Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison, Seattle WA 98122, 9206) 320-9771

La Carta de Oaxaca
5431 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA, (206) 782-8722

Malay Satay Hut
212 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144, (206)324-4091

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, (206) 623-1922, William Belickis

Nishino
3130 E Madison St Seattle, WA 98112-4264, (206) 322-5800, Tatsu Nishino

Spinasse
1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-4023, (206) 251-7673, Jason Stratton

Szechuan Chef
15015 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98007-5229, (425) 746-9008

Tacos El Asadero
3517 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 981144

Taqueria Guadalajara
In a trailer in the parking lot of the 76 gas station at the corner of 148th Avenue NE and NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA, 98007

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

If you have more time,
and you’re still hungry…

North America

Austin

Lamberts

Seattle

Allium

Boom Noodle

Chatterbox Cafe

Chef Cafe and Restaurant

Chiang’s Gourmet

Habesha

How To Cook a Wolf

Inn at Langley

La Spiga

Le Gourmand

O’Asian

Red Bowls

Shultzy Sausage

Sichuanese Cuisine

Spring Hill

Volunteer Park Cafe

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