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2009: The Year in Review

Most memorable meals of 2009 (in no particular order):


T.W. Food – It was excellent from start to finish and at $39 for 3 courses it was a bargain.


Il Casale – It was a magnificent meal; the kind that makes me feel better that I wasn’t blessed with an Italian Nonna. I would have to subsist on lettuce for 5 days straight to save the calories before doing it again, but it would be worth every bite.


Craftsteak – I still dream of the seared foie gras we started the meal with, and bone marrow should come with every steak.


Peter Luger – It is as amazing the 10th time as it was the 1st time. And, we had the pleasure of dining adjacent to Glenn Close.


Honorable mentions:

Osihii – My birthday omakase was exquisite and R felt this experience “elevated his sushi palate.”


In-N-Out – I finally tried this much lauded fast food chain and my double-double was delicious-delicious.


Best discoveries:

Estragon: Garbanzos fritos– they were fried and dusted with paprika. You would bite through the thin, crispy shell and there would be smooth, creamy, chickpea goodness. It was original and surprising.


Privus Lounge: Korean Fried Chicken - The crust is thin and ultra crispy, it’s almost like a chicken skin shell. You bite through the delicious crust and you get a mouthful of tender, moist succulent chicken. The wings are lightly glazed, almost painted on, so that the crust doesn’t get soggy from a thick, gloppy sauce.


Garden at the Cellar: Homemade “Tater Tots” - These were unbelievably good, elevating the humble tater tot to a sublime potato custard encapsulated in perfectly crispy shell.


Bulgarini gelato – The gelato instantly transported me to Rome. It was fabulously rich, creamy and smooth.


Il Voile: Banquette de veau – I had to stop R from picking up his bowl and licking it dry.


Frank Pepe’s Pizza – Their white clam pizza was crispy, chewy, briny all at the same time. I love it when something lives up to the hype.


Arax Market: Garlic dip – It’s so good I could slather it on cardboard and still eat the whole thing with relish.


Biggest disappointments –

Wagamama – Why do Londoners love this place so much? I’ll make do with my 69 cent ramen with shrimp flavor at home.


O Ya – It falls only in to this category because of high expectations set by Frank Bruni and the prices. If I paid half the $300, it would have been a decent meal.


Habesha – Long wait, overcooked food, and horrid service. R has declared he is never having Ethiopian food ever again.

The burger at Craigie on Main – Again, I’ll blame expectations. It is a respectable burger that pales in comparison to
Radius’s superior burger.


Sad closings: The loss of the beef ribs at Uncle Pete’s, the almond croissants at Café Cakes, pizza at Franca's and my beloved Il Panino leaves a hole in my heart, er, stomach.


For 2010: 

I managed to get to all but three restaurants on my 2009 list: Benatti closed on me, but I’ll put the other 2 on the 2010 list. We’ll see this time next year how many I managed to get to: 

  1. Sensing
  2. Bina Osteria
  3. Stella
  4. Erbaluce
  5. Coppa
  6. Angela’s Café
  7. Duckfat
  8. Masa
  9. Delfino
  10. Poppa B’s
  11. Shabu Zen
  12. Clio
  13. Sportello
  14. Tremont 647
  15. M&M’s Ribs
  16. Green Street
  17. 75 Chestnut
  18. Trattoria Toscana
  19. Da Vinci
  20. East by Northeast


Wow, that’s quite a list. There is quite a year of eating ahead.
 

Happy New Year!!

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Jan. 1st, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Dim sum
What about Gitlo's for a discovery? The price to quality there is way out of proportion in the best way possible. Mj
gltsoi
Jan. 4th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Dim sum
I found Gitlo's in 2008. It's in last year's review.

G
(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Masa is on your list
I hope that Masa is the one in San Francisco. I know a nice couple that would help you out by ordering extra dishes to try.

S&L -Sebastopol
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