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It is been a really long time since I’ve been to this great Northwestern town.  I hope these spots are still great:

Wild Ginger: amazing Pan-Asian; order half-entrees to try more ($$$)

Shiros: I think I have the name right; best sushi; no atmosphere ($$$)

The Metropolitan Grill: Seattle’s #1 steak house ($$$$)

El Gaucho: the scene is lively, the room is cool, and the steak is good ($$$)

Flying Fish: excellent preparation of fresh, fresh fish (pray for steelhead!) ($$$)

Kingfish: cool little neighborhood Southern ($$$)

I Love Sushi: great strip mall sushi joint in Bellvue (also downtown) ($$$)

The SPAR: If you find yourself in Tacoma, then get to this spot for beer battered cod or a patty melt ($)


Upstate NY

Quaker Street Store: head to Goshen (in the Black Dirt Region) for the finest charcuterie in the state; felt like a heuriger in some small town outside Vienna ($)

Riverside Cafe: further north on 17 in Roscoe, you will find the best lamb chops and trout in the state; and the nicest people ($$$)



A few spots:

Destino’s: head to the Gloucester for the finest sandwich around:  the Steak Bomb (salami, cheesesteak, linguica, sweet/hot peppers on a sub) ($)

B&G Oysters Ltd.: wow…a little oyster bar that serves the best oysters and fried stuff you can get in New England; great lobster roll and a great wine list ($$$)

No. 9 Park: the best restaurant I have been to in Boston; this place is really good! The food (duck confit, trio of pork, cheese plate, beet salad), the wine list and the service (our waitress, Jenny, was one of the most passionate and knowledgeable servers I have encountered) were all top notch

The Beehive: Some of the best comfort food in New England…in an artsy place ($$$)

Mr. and Mrs. Bartley’s Burger Cottage:  one awesome burger, served a variety of ways; great onion rings and lime rickeys! ($)

The Butcher Shop: For an awesome, simple cut of meat and a bunch of other great things ($$$)


New Orleans

Brigtsens: modern Louisianna cuisine; great duck and other dishes with a Creole influence ($$$$)

Mother’s: down n’ dirty po boy shack; go for the debris, the shrimp or Ferdi’s special ($)

Peristyle: The foie gras is legendary ($$$$)

Bayonna:  Still churning it out after all these years ($$$$)

Galatoire’s: Hang with the tourists in the French Quarter but enjoy the food too ($$$)

Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone: for the pre-dinner drinks

The Old Absinthe House: for daytime drinking



Red’s Eats:  the best lobster roll in the world.  One more time: the best lobster roll in the world [Wicasset] ($$)

Fore Street: fantastic fresh food; great meats (pork tenderloin!); a tremendous experience! [Portland] ($$$)

The Clam Shack: best fried clams in Maine [Keenebunkport] ($$)

Street & Co: Every town needs a seafood place like this [Portland] ($$$)

Stripers: Awesome upscale fish shack with great seafood [Kennebunkport] ($$$)

The White Barn Inn: the grand dame of the gourmet scene; i thought the food was over-rated (but still good!) [Kennebunkport] ($$$$)

Mabel’s Lobster Claw: great lobster and chowder [Kennebunkport] ($$$)

Havana:  Maine seafood with a Cuban flair [Bar Harbor] ($$$)

Geddy’s: TGI Friday’s of Bar Harbor; decent pizza and burgers [Bar harbor] ($$)


Los Angeles

Bestia: I don’t go to LA often, but when I do, I eat at Bestia every time; fun downtown scene, but the food and drinks just kill it ($$$$)

Osteria Mozza: All hail the first place in America to effective use breadcrumbs on pasta ($$$$)

Capo: If Rao’s moved to Santa Monica, this would be it ($$$$)

El Cholo: the best Mexican Combination Platter in the world ($$)



112 Eatery: I thought BLG (below) was my favorite restaurant in the Midwest, but I know this place is; razor clams with hears of palm, asparagus with lardo, tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs, and the burger were all unreal ($$$)

Bar La Grassa (BLG): Might be my favorite restaurant in the Midwest; the Lobster & Soft Egg Bruschetta was unreal; the menu just doesn’t quit ($$$)

Manny’s Steak House:  The most amazing cut of prime rib I’ve seen anywhere; and some great bourbons ($$$$)

The Burger Place: Try the TBP Special at this unassuming hole-in-the-wall somewhere in the SkyMall ($)


North Shore of Lake Superior (the lake they call Gitchigumi)

Tom’s Too Soup and Sandwiches: find amazing sandwiches at this hole-in-the-wall off Scenic MN 61 ($)

Betty’s Pies: forget the food; I’m not a big pie guy, but loved these; 5-Layer Chocolate was insane ($)

Lou’s Fish House: great smoked lake trout and jerky ($$)