Monday, September 17, 2012

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

One of the questions that I hear most often is "What's the best _blank_ that you've ever had?" As such, inspired by Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, I came up with the following list, spanning a myriad of different food categories. I do intend on keeping things current, and plan on adding and updating entries as we go along. Do let me know if there's anything I missed.

25 head Kippin abalone from Iwate, 2008, potato purée, tender kale, braising jus Abalone, Cooked 25 head Kippin abalone from Iwate, 2008, potato purée, tender kale, braising jus at Benu
Awabi (nigirizushi) Abalone, Raw Awabi (nigirizushi) at Go's Mart
Duck confit agnolotti, shaved foie gras, duck consomme Agnolotti Duck confit agnolotti, shaved foie gras, duck consomme at Saddle Peak Lodge
Aloo tikki cholle Aloo Tikki Aloo tikki cholle at Vik's Chaat Corner
Anago Anago Anago at Sushi Murasaki
Anchovy, celery, peanut Anchovy Anchovy, celery, peanut at Benu
Ankimo Ankimo Ankimo at Go's Mart
Crispy artichokes with dill & anchovy aioli Artichoke Crispy artichokes with dill & anchovy aioli at The Red Hen
Asparagus, brioche, egg yolk, yuzu, green alder Asparagus Asparagus, brioche, egg yolk, yuzu, green alder at Trois Mec
Avocado, sake salmon roe, cilantro, togarashi, lavash Avocado Avocado, sake salmon roe, cilantro, togarashi, lavash at Rogue 24
Black bottom banana cream pie Banana Cream Pie Black bottom banana cream pie at Gjelina
Barley pudding, coffee streusel, caramelized banana, Mandarin banana sorbet, puffed barley Barley Barley pudding, coffee streusel, caramelized banana, Mandarin banana sorbet, puffed barley at Lukshon
Coconut bavarois, coffee, thai basil, peanut croquant, chicory Bavarois Coconut bavarois, coffee, thai basil, peanut croquant, chicory at Test Kitchen (Jordan Kahn)
Beef Cheek Bourguignon '2014' Beef Bourguignon Beef Cheek Bourguignon '2014' at Le Pigeon
Grilled miso heart, king oyster mushrooms, yuzu miso vinaigrette Beef Heart Grilled miso heart, king oyster mushrooms, yuzu miso vinaigrette at b.o.s.
Veal liver, onion jam, Nebbiolo sweet & sour Beef Liver Veal liver, onion jam, Nebbiolo sweet & sour at Fifty Seven
Short rib, prime, braised 72h, raisin-peppercorn sauce Beef Short Rib Short rib, prime, braised 72h, raisin-peppercorn sauce at Citronelle
Beef tartare, pickled jalapeno, parmigiano Beef Tartar Beef tartare, pickled jalapeno, parmigiano at Hinoki & the Bird
Bloody beets and yogurt Beet Bloody beets and yogurt at Minibar
Dolsot bibimbap Bibimbap Dolsot bibimbap at Young Dong Tofu
Vanilla pine nut biscotti Biscotti Vanilla pine nut biscotti at chi SPACCA
Butter biscuits & condiments Biscuits Butter biscuits & condiments at The Hart and The Hunter
Black bean crème, frijoles moros soup, compressed apple, calvados, tropical mint Black Beans Black bean crème, frijoles moros soup, compressed apple, calvados, tropical mint at Playa
Broccoli, broccoli stalk, black cod, broccoli puree, lime Black Cod Broccoli, broccoli stalk, black cod, broccoli puree, lime at Wolvesmouth Underground Dinner
Stir-fried black pepper beef, with Merlot Black Pepper Beef Stir-fried black pepper beef, with Merlot at Hakkasan
The power of lemon and olive oil, Atlantic black sea bass Black Sea Bass The power of lemon and olive oil, Atlantic black sea bass at IO by Playground
Sangrecita, morcilla crostini, fried egg, jalapeno salsa Blood Sausage Sangrecita, morcilla crostini, fried egg, jalapeno salsa at Mo-Chica
Grilled beef wrapped in sesame leaves Bo La Lot Grilled beef wrapped in sesame leaves at Starry Kitchen Nights at Tiara Cafe
Grilled bone marrow Bone Marrow Grilled bone marrow at The Spice Table
Bonito, lightly smoked with wild fennel, black tea Bonito Bonito, lightly smoked with wild fennel, black tea at Manresa
Our boudin noir and toasted buckwheat Boudin Noir Our boudin noir and toasted buckwheat at David Kinch at Rustic Canyon
Calf's brain and scrambled egg with shaved white truffles Brain Calf's brain and scrambled egg with shaved white truffles at Per Se
Loup de mer, sungold tomatoes, mole verde Branzino Loup de mer, sungold tomatoes, mole verde at Test Kitchen (Walter Manzke)
Rhubarb & strawberry bread pudding, for two Bread Pudding Rhubarb & strawberry bread pudding, for two at Bouchon
Beef brisket alla Genovese, onions, ozette potatoes, parsley Brisket Beef brisket alla Genovese, onions, ozette potatoes, parsley at Sotto
Cashew cheese, broccoli Broccoli Cashew cheese, broccoli at Wolvesmouth Underground Dinner
Pad pak kanaa, Chinese broccoli sautéed w/ garlic & chile Broccoli, Chinese Pad pak kanaa, Chinese broccoli sautéed w/ garlic & chile at Night + Market
Foie gras butter Butter Foie gras butter at Hatchi at Breadbar (Walter Manzke)
Macallan butterscotch, winter squash cake, toasted milk ice cream, malt Butterscotch Macallan butterscotch, winter squash cake, toasted milk ice cream, malt at XIV
Le burger, au foie gras et aux poivrons verjutés (beef and foie gras burger with caramelized bell peppers) Burger, Slider Le burger, au foie gras et aux poivrons verjutés (beef and foie gras burger with caramelized bell peppers) at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
'Caesar', Pacific sardine, celtuce, egg yolk, Parmigiano, sourdough Caesar Salad 'Caesar', Pacific sardine, celtuce, egg yolk, Parmigiano, sourdough at Taco Maria
Camembert | coing, camembert croquette, persimmon, quince purée, cherry vinegar, mâche Camembert Camembert | coing, camembert croquette, persimmon, quince purée, cherry vinegar, mâche at The Royce
Cannoli Cannoli Cannoli at Test Kitchen (Zach Pollack, Steve Samson)
Linguine alla carbonara, pancetta, eggs, black pepper and Grana Padano Carbonara Linguine alla carbonara, pancetta, eggs, black pepper and Grana Padano at Osteria Mamma
Carrot, garlic, EVOO, raisins Carrot Carrot, garlic, EVOO, raisins at Seasonal Pantry
Carrot cake, carrot sorbet, yuzu curd, cream cheese snow Carrot Cake Carrot cake, carrot sorbet, yuzu curd, cream cheese snow at The Dining Room
Cassoulet, Tarbais beans braised for 7 hours, duck confit, lamb neck, confit pork belly, Toulouse sausage, garlic saucisson, aromates Cassoulet Cassoulet, Tarbais beans braised for 7 hours, duck confit, lamb neck, confit pork belly, Toulouse sausage, garlic saucisson, aromates at LQ Foodings at Vertical Wine Bistro
Cha Ca 'La Vong', catfish marinated in turmeric and sour rice, fried in turmeric oil with scallions and dill, served on rice vermicelli with peanuts, mint, cilantro and mam nem Catfish Cha Ca "La Vong", catfish marinated in turmeric and sour rice, fried in turmeric oil with scallions and dill, served on rice vermicelli with peanuts, mint, cilantro and mam nem at Pok Pok
Fried cauliflower, tahini, white anchovy, wild rice, lemon Cauliflower Fried cauliflower, tahini, white anchovy, wild rice, lemon at Animal
Causa rellena, stuffed crispy causa, morcilla, rocoto aioli Causa Causa rellena, stuffed crispy causa, morcilla, rocoto aioli at Test Kitchen (Ricardo Zarate)
Thousand-year-old quail egg, potage, ginger Century Egg Thousand-year-old quail egg, potage, ginger at Benu
Ceviche crocante, halibut, leche de tigre, crispy calamari Ceviche Ceviche crocante, halibut, leche de tigre, crispy calamari at Picca
Chawanmushi Chawanmushi Chawanmushi at Urasawa
Tokujo hatsu / special heart Chicken Heart Tokujo hatsu / special heart at Kokekokko
Chicken liver parfait, spring garlic, pain perdu, pickled onions Chicken Liver Chicken liver parfait, spring garlic, pain perdu, pickled onions at Maude
Whole roasted black chicken, with piquillo pepper purée, fried chicken, stuffing Chicken, Roasted Whole roasted black chicken, with piquillo pepper purée, fried chicken, stuffing at Sona
Chinesca chicken salad cone, pulled roast chicken, toasted almonds, ginger, pac choi, napa cabbage, rice vinegar-chile dressing Chicken Salad Chinesca chicken salad cone, pulled roast chicken, toasted almonds, ginger, pac choi, napa cabbage, rice vinegar-chile dressing at Playa
Fried chicken sandwich, spicy B&B pickle slaw, rooster aioli Chicken Sandwich Fried chicken sandwich, spicy B&B pickle slaw, rooster aioli at Son of a Gun
Cantonese chicken soup, cellophane noodles, petite bok choy, 63° egg Chicken Soup Cantonese chicken soup, cellophane noodles, petite bok choy, 63° egg at Lukshon
Wood & Vine fried chicken & waffles, house-made waffle, maple roasted squash Chicken and Waffles Wood & Vine fried chicken & waffles, house-made waffle, maple roasted squash at Wood & Vine
Jidori oyster, a tribute to Uncle Lou Chicken Oyster Jidori oyster, a tribute to Uncle Lou at IO by Playground
Slow cooked chickpeas a la Catalan, sauce romesco, coriander Chickpeas Slow cooked chickpeas a la Catalan, sauce romesco, coriander at Ubuntu
Chicory chocolate cake, sesame brittle, Thai chili caramel, chocolate pudding, sesame ice cream Chicory Chicory chocolate cake, sesame brittle, Thai chili caramel, chocolate pudding, sesame ice cream at Lukshon
Chile relleno, farci avec une duxelle et servi avec une sauce de chèvre et d'ail Chile Relleno Chile relleno, farci avec une duxelle et servi avec une sauce de chèvre et d'ail at Rivera
Chili-cheese fries with onions Chili Fries Chili-cheese fries with onions at Volcano Burgers
Chips and salsa Chips & Salsa Chips and salsa at Bizarra Capital
Hakka noodle with mushrooms and Chinese chive Chow Mein Hakka noodle with mushrooms and Chinese chive at Hakkasan
Chu-don't-know-mang, pound cake cinnamon churros, with malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream Churros Chu-don't-know-mang, pound cake cinnamon churros, with malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream at A-Frame
Humitas, Baja surf clam, red bell pepper, queso ranchero, fresno chiles, chives, lime pesto Clam Humitas, Baja surf clam, red bell pepper, queso ranchero, fresno chiles, chives, lime pesto at Playa
Clam chowder, with green curry, lemongrass, pancetta, coconut milk, and toasted sourdough Clam Chowder Clam chowder, with green curry, lemongrass, pancetta, coconut milk, and toasted sourdough at A-Frame
Charleston coconut cake Coconut Charleston coconut cake at The Hart and The Hunter
Los Naranjos, Handsome Coffee Roasters Coffee Los Naranjos, Handsome Coffee Roasters at Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe
Compressed Asian pear, herbs, burnt orange, cinnamon Compressed Fruit Compressed Asian pear, herbs, burnt orange, cinnamon at Amalur Project
Westlake rice porridge, hangar steak, rock shrimp, soy-cured Egg, cilantro Congee Westlake rice porridge, hangar steak, rock shrimp, soy-cured Egg, cilantro at Mission Chinese Food
Oxtail consommé, mushroom royal, black truffles Consommé Oxtail consommé, mushroom royal, black truffles at Test Kitchen (Alain Giraud)
Coq au vin, braised organic chicken, market vegetables, thyme roasted potatoes, Burgundy jus Coq au Vin Coq au vin, braised organic chicken, market vegetables, thyme roasted potatoes, Burgundy jus at La Poubelle Bistro
Sweet corn, custard, frozen uni powder, rambutan, lemongrass, chervil, young ginger Corn Sweet corn, custard, frozen uni powder, rambutan, lemongrass, chervil, young ginger at Red Medicine
Corn pups, two short dogs, Anson Mills corn batter, mustard Corn Dog Corn pups, two short dogs, Anson Mills corn batter, mustard at Short Order
Corned beef, appenzeller churro, red onion, pastrami syrup Corned Beef Corned beef, appenzeller churro, red onion, pastrami syrup at ink.
Peking dumpling Cotton Candy Peking dumpling at Saam at The Bazaar
Kani miso korayaki Crab Kani miso korayaki at Urasawa
Jumbo lump crab cakes, with Pommery mustard sauce and coleslaw Crab Cakes Jumbo lump crab cakes, with Pommery mustard sauce and coleslaw at Gulfstream
Crème brulee, strawberry Crème Brûlée Crème brulee, strawberry at Test Kitchen (Walter Manzke)
Hoi Thawt, crispy broken crepe with steamed fresh mussels, eggs, garlic, chives and bean sprouts, served with Shark Sri Racha sauce Crepe Hoi Thawt, crispy broken crepe with steamed fresh mussels, eggs, garlic, chives and bean sprouts, served with Shark Sri Racha sauce at Pok Pok
Crudite, urchin bottarga and seaweed Crudites Crudite, urchin bottarga and seaweed at Alma Pop-Up
Pork cutlet curry, crispy fried kurobuta pork loin Curry, Japanese Pork cutlet curry, crispy fried kurobuta pork loin at Fat Spoon
Sepia, samphire, potato, ink, lime Cuttlefish Sepia, samphire, potato, ink, lime at Rogue 24
3 devil eggs, porky, chive, truffle Deviled Eggs 3 devil eggs, porky, chive, truffle at Test Kitchen (Shelley Cooper)
Dorade royal Dorade Dorade royal "au plat", fennel, zucchini, eggplant, "Riviera jus" at Patina
Masala dosa Dosa Masala dosa at Annapurna Cuisine
Buttermilk toasted coconut doughnut, mascarpone ice cream Doughnut Buttermilk toasted coconut doughnut, mascarpone ice cream at Grace
Dover sole | endive, dover sole à la poêle, crunchy endive bergamot lemon, cauliflower mushroom charred truffled leeks Dover Sole Dover sole | endive, dover sole à la poêle, crunchy endive bergamot lemon, cauliflower mushroom charred truffled leeks at The Royce
Arroz con pato, duck and rice, traditional Peruvian dish from north of Lima Duck Confit Arroz con pato, duck and rice, traditional Peruvian dish from north of Lima at Test Kitchen (Ricardo Zarate)
Chinese spring chive crystal dumplings, Alaskan king crab, shrimp, Kurobuta pork Dumplings, Non-Traditional Chinese spring chive crystal dumplings, Alaskan king crab, shrimp, Kurobuta pork at WP24
Roasted eggplant, bulgur, charred cucumber and tahini Eggplant Roasted eggplant, bulgur, charred cucumber and tahini at Alma Pop-Up
Mom's green enchiladas, chicken, tomatillo, Monterey Jack Enchiladas Mom's green enchiladas, chicken, tomatillo, Monterey Jack at Bar Amá
Endive salad, apples, blue cheese, mustard vinaigrette Endive Endive salad, apples, blue cheese, mustard vinaigrette at The Tasting Kitchen
Engawa kobujime Engawa Engawa kobujime at Q
A nice salad, fennel, persimmon, celery, chorizo Fennel A nice salad, fennel, persimmon, celery, chorizo at Test Kitchen (Chicks with Knives)
Fish & Chips Fish and Chips Fish & Chips at The Parish
The bäco Flatbread Sandwich The bäco at Lazy Ox Canteen
Fluke, peas, umeboshi, lime Fluke Fluke, peas, umeboshi, lime at Trois Mec
Moulard duck 'foie gras terrine', Tokyo turnips, pickled ramps, black truffles, garden mâche and toasted brioche Foie Gras, Cold Moulard duck "foie gras terrine", Tokyo turnips, pickled ramps, black truffles, garden mâche and toasted brioche at The French Laundry
Foie-gras 'en papillotte' and radish bouillon (« radis-foie ») Foie Gras, Hot Foie-gras "en papillotte" and radish bouillon (« radis-foie ») at Guy Savoy
Marinated fried chicken in duck fat brown butter potato salad Fried Chicken Marinated fried chicken in duck fat brown butter potato salad at LudoBites 2.0 at Breadbar
Fried green tomato, tabasco aioli Fried Green Tomato Fried green tomato, tabasco aioli at Wolvesmouth Underground Dinner
Fried oyster, kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette, sea spinach Fried Oyster Fried oyster, kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette, sea spinach at Allumette
Chaufa de langosta, lobster, mixed seafood, fried rice Fried Rice Chaufa de langosta, lobster, mixed seafood, fried rice at Paiche
La grenouille, la cuisse en fritot à la purée aillée eu au coulis de persil (crispy frog leg, garlic and parsley coulis) Frog La grenouille, la cuisse en fritot à la purée aillée eu au coulis de persil (crispy frog leg, garlic and parsley coulis) at Joël Robuchon
Into the vegetable garden...their natural juices Gargouillou Into the vegetable garden...their natural juices at Manresa
Watermelon gazpacho, Japanese octopus, Pedro Ximenez Gazpacho Watermelon gazpacho, Japanese octopus, Pedro Ximenez at Patina
Live geoduck clam, yuzu koshu Geoduck Live geoduck clam, yuzu koshu at IO by Playground
Slow roasted G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), pickled mango Goat Slow roasted G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), pickled mango at Sunny Spot
Grilled cheese, Valdeon, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam, sharp cheddar, truffle Grilled Cheese Grilled cheese, Valdeon, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam, sharp cheddar, truffle at Barmini
Pan seared grouper cheeks, tomato water, turnips, cucumber, limas, mustard greens Grouper Pan seared grouper cheeks, tomato water, turnips, cucumber, limas, mustard greens at Birch & Barley
Guacamole (prepared tableside) Guacamole Guacamole (prepared tableside) at Oyamel
Glutinous dumpling with diced pork Haam Sui Gaau Glutinous dumpling with diced pork at Koi Palace
Hamachi, Vietnamese style Hamachi Hamachi, Vietnamese style at LudoBites 6.0 at Max
Steamed shrimp dumpling topped with XO sauce Har Gow Steamed shrimp dumpling topped with XO sauce at Koi Palace
Haricot vert Haricot Vert Haricot vert at Paiche
Hazelnut milk, frosted celeriac, Tennessee whiskey, wood ice cream Hazelnut Hazelnut milk, frosted celeriac, Tennessee whiskey, wood ice cream at XIV
Pig's head with lentil hozön and bönji Head Cheese Pig's head with lentil hozön and bönji at Benu
Fresh Hawaiian heart of palm ceviche, grapefruit, orange, jalapeño, tortilla Heart of Palm Fresh Hawaiian heart of palm ceviche, grapefruit, orange, jalapeño, tortilla at IO by Playground
Heirloom tomato salad, Santa Barbara sea urchin, soy caramel Heirloom Tomato Salad Heirloom tomato salad, Santa Barbara sea urchin, soy caramel at Patina
Salade d'hargens, smoked herring, fingerling potato salad Herring Salade d'hargens, smoked herring, fingerling potato salad at Church & State
Dessert (honeydew from Shizuoka) Honeydew Dessert (honeydew from Shizuoka) at Imahan
'Dirty' Horchata, long grain brown rice, pecans, Chinese cinnamon, evaporated milk Horchata "Dirty" Horchata, long grain brown rice, pecans, Chinese cinnamon, evaporated milk at PettyCash Taqueria
Kohada no Hosomaki Hosomaki Kohada no Hosomaki at Q
Hummus with tahini Hummus Hummus with tahini at Cleo
Ice cream sandwich, enjoyed in ghettos throughout Bangkok, coconut ice cream, sweet sticky rice, condensed & evaporated milk, toasted mung beans on a sweet roll Ice Cream Sandwich Ice cream sandwich, enjoyed in ghettos throughout Bangkok, coconut ice cream, sweet sticky rice, condensed & evaporated milk, toasted mung beans on a sweet roll at Night + Market
Ice cream sandwich Ice Cream Sandwich (Traditional) Ice cream sandwich at Barmini
Jellyfish Jellyfish Jellyfish at Yamakase
Jicama: an unexpected hero, fish sauce, palm sugar, crispy shallots, lime, serrano aioli Jicama Jicama: an unexpected hero, fish sauce, palm sugar, crispy shallots, lime, serrano aioli at IO by Playground
John Dory fillet, poached in Malabar black pepper-citrus butter, cannelloni beans, marin velouté, crunchy sauce John Dory John Dory fillet, poached in Malabar black pepper-citrus butter, cannelloni beans, marin velouté, crunchy sauce at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Le Kabocha, en symphonie soyeuse au foie gras et gingembre (delicate kabocha pumpkin veloute on foie gras custard with ginger) Kabocha Squash Le Kabocha, en symphonie soyeuse au foie gras et gingembre (delicate kabocha pumpkin veloute on foie gras custard with ginger) at Joël Robuchon
Sautéed kale, broccoli leaf, garlic & chili Kale Sautéed kale, broccoli leaf, garlic & chili at The Gorbals
Kama toro / tuna collar Kamatoro Kama toro / tuna collar at Urasawa
Awabi 'karaage' Karaage Awabi "karaage" at Urasawa
Koobideh (luleh kabob) Kebab Koobideh (luleh kabob) at Raffi's Place
King crab legs, Tabasco butter King Crab King crab legs, Tabasco butter at Son of a Gun
Kohada Kohada Kohada at Q
Lamb, rack, raw-cooked vegetables, jalapeno-cumin sauce Lamb Lamb, rack, raw-cooked vegetables, jalapeno-cumin sauce at Citronelle
La langoustine, truffée et cuite en ravioli avec un émincé de chou étuvé (truffled langoustine ravioli with stewed cabbage) Langoustine La langoustine, truffée et cuite en ravioli avec un émincé de chou étuvé (truffled langoustine ravioli with stewed cabbage) at Joël Robuchon
Lentils | white truffle, green lentils 'du Puy', ragoutté, apple juice and pumpkin seeds, Piemonte shaved white truffle Lentils Lentils | white truffle, green lentils "du Puy", ragoutté, apple juice and pumpkin seeds, Piemonte shaved white truffle at The Royce
Lobster roll, green curry, thai basil Lobster Roll Lobster roll, green curry, thai basil at Hinoki & the Bird
Lobster | pomegranate, slow poached lobster, coleman's farm butter lettuce, sweet onion, pomegranate hot and snow Lobster, Cold Lobster | pomegranate, slow poached lobster, coleman's farm butter lettuce, sweet onion, pomegranate hot and snow at The Royce
Lomo saltado Lomo Saltado Lomo saltado at Mario's Peruvian Seafood
Mac & cheese, blue, cheddar, parmesan, truffle Macaroni & Cheese Mac & cheese, blue, cheddar, parmesan, truffle at Gordon Ramsay Steak
Goma saba, cucumber, spring onion, nantes carrot, coriander seed, young ginger Mackerel Goma saba, cucumber, spring onion, nantes carrot, coriander seed, young ginger at Providence
Mango bavarois, sugar plums, star anise, pistachio Mango Mango bavarois, sugar plums, star anise, pistachio at Patina
Mango and sticky rice Mango Sticky Rice Mango and sticky rice at Night + Market
Bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, horseradish mayonnaise Matzoh Bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, horseradish mayonnaise at The Gorbals
Grilled pork meatballs, snap peas, pecorino, bitter greens Meatballs Grilled pork meatballs, snap peas, pecorino, bitter greens at Sotto
Wild fennel minestra, mustard greens, farro, Calabrian chilies, egg Minestrone Wild fennel minestra, mustard greens, farro, Calabrian chilies, egg at Sotto
Aka misoshiru Miso Soup Aka misoshiru at Q
Tres moles con puerco Mole Tres moles con puerco at La Casita Mexicana
Trapped funghi, morels, sesame praline, spring alliums, mushroom sabayon, cardamom, homemade coffee oil, ginger Morel Trapped funghi, morels, sesame praline, spring alliums, mushroom sabayon, cardamom, homemade coffee oil, ginger at CR8 Purotekuta
Poached egg, potato mousseline, Santa Barbara prawn, chorizo condiment Mousseline Poached egg, potato mousseline, Santa Barbara prawn, chorizo condiment at LudoBites 5.0 at Gram & Papas
Dobin mushi (matsutake) Mushroom Dobin mushi (matsutake) at Urasawa
Pig's ear nachos Nachos Pig's ear nachos at Test Kitchen 2012 (Walter Manzke)
TBD negroni, homemade red vermouth, Campari and Green Hat gin Negroni TBD negroni, homemade red vermouth, Campari and Green Hat gin at Etto
Olives all'Ascolana Olives Olives all'Ascolana at Scarpetta
'Beer batter' onion rings Onion Rings "Beer batter" onion rings at Burger Parlor
Ono ceviche, coconut milk, tomato, cilantro Ono Ono ceviche, coconut milk, tomato, cilantro at Test Kitchen (Elderoy Arendse, Ori Menashe)
Butter poached Kushi oyster, tapioca cream with Spanish caviar and fresh yuzu Oyster, Cooked Butter poached Kushi oyster, tapioca cream with Spanish caviar and fresh yuzu at Alex
Pad Thai Pad Thai Pad Thai, market version w/ sweet radish, peanuts, tofu & dried shrimp at Night + Market
Soymilk panna cotta, Santa Barbara sea urchin, geoduck clam and fresh wasabi Panna Cotta, Savory Soymilk panna cotta, Santa Barbara sea urchin, geoduck clam and fresh wasabi at Ibaraki Benefit Dinner at Breadbar
Papaya Papaya Papaya at Urasawa
Green papaya, crispy taro, rau ram, fried shallots, peanuts Papaya Salad Green papaya, crispy taro, rau ram, fried shallots, peanuts at Test Kitchen (Jordan Kahn)
Saul's pastrami Pastrami Saul's pastrami at The Dining Room
Peas all around (tout petits pois) Peas Peas all around (tout petits pois) at Guy Savoy
Sauteed peasprout Peasprouts Sauteed peasprout at Newport Seafood
Pickled garden, cucumber, carrot, squash, cauliflower, baby beets, red miso Pickles Pickled garden, cucumber, carrot, squash, cauliflower, baby beets, red miso at Fifty Seven
Pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg Pig Ear Pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg at Animal
Pig's tail, lettuce, herbs Pig Tail Pig's tail, lettuce, herbs at The Spice Table
Frijoles charros, pinto beans, bacon chorizo, chile broth Pinto Beans Frijoles charros, pinto beans, bacon chorizo, chile broth at Bizarra Capital
Roma tomatoes, onions, feta, mozzarella cheeses, garlic olive oil, lemon zest & juice and cilantro Pizza Roma tomatoes, onions, feta, mozzarella cheeses, garlic olive oil, lemon zest & juice and cilantro at Cheese Board Pizza Collective
Guangdong yu, cured white pomfret, fermented young sprouts, burnt tomatillo Pomfret Guangdong yu, cured white pomfret, fermented young sprouts, burnt tomatillo at Xian Wei
Black truffle potato purée (purée de pommes de terre à la truffe noire) Pommes Purée Black truffle potato purée (purée de pommes de terre à la truffe noire) at Guy Savoy
Braised kurobuta pork belly with braised red cabbage & green curry Pork Belly Braised kurobuta pork belly with braised red cabbage & green curry at Bar Charlie
Corned pork jowl salad, black trumpet vinaigrette, chicory and lettuce stems and leaves Pork Jowl Corned pork jowl salad, black trumpet vinaigrette, chicory and lettuce stems and leaves at Commis
Rillettes, pork, pickles, mustard, toast Pork Rillettes Rillettes, pork, pickles, mustard, toast at The Tasting Kitchen
Chicharrones, pineapple-carrot hot sauce Pork Rinds Chicharrones, pineapple-carrot hot sauce at PettyCash Taqueria
Maya puerco pibil sous vide, banana leaf braised pork shoulder, Peruvian potatoes Pork Shoulder Maya puerco pibil sous vide, banana leaf braised pork shoulder, Peruvian potatoes at Rivera
Pluma iberica, wood-fire grilled butcher's filet Iberico pork, smoked green onions, xato sauce Pork Tenderloin Pluma iberica, wood-fire grilled butcher's filet Iberico pork, smoked green onions, xato sauce at Smoke Oil Salt
Berkshire pork trotter, cuttlefish, andouille sausage, piquillo peppers, black garlic grits, sunny side egg Pork Trotter Berkshire pork trotter, cuttlefish, andouille sausage, piquillo peppers, black garlic grits, sunny side egg at Vidalia
Butterscotch pot de crème, salted caramel ice-cream Pot de Crème Butterscotch pot de crème, salted caramel ice-cream at Wood & Vine
Chilean pot pie Pot Pie Chilean pot pie at Pan Am Room
Jar's signature pot roast, carrots, caramelized onions Pot Roast Jar's signature pot roast, carrots, caramelized onions at Jar
Papas salsa verde, Kennebec potatoes, avocado, chiles serranos, micro cilantro Potato Chips Papas salsa verde, Kennebec potatoes, avocado, chiles serranos, micro cilantro at Playa
Olivier salad, mélange of roasted vegetables, pickles, hard boiled eggs and a touch of mayonnaise Potato Salad Olivier salad, mélange of roasted vegetables, pickles, hard boiled eggs and a touch of mayonnaise at Mari Vanna
Clam & mussel pozole, Rancho Gordo hominy, green garlic Pozole Clam & mussel pozole, Rancho Gordo hominy, green garlic at Rustic Canyon
Puff, prawn, whitefish, ossetra, dill Prawn Cracker Puff, prawn, whitefish, ossetra, dill at Rogue 24
Spretzel, mustard dipping sauce Pretzel Spretzel, mustard dipping sauce at Cooks County
Foie gras quesadilla, crispy cabbage, juniper berry oil Quesadilla Foie gras quesadilla, crispy cabbage, juniper berry oil at LudoBites America at Casa Pulido
Rabbit, bacon n onion muffin, Swiss fondue, green apple, mustard greens Rabbit Rabbit, bacon n onion muffin, Swiss fondue, green apple, mustard greens at Wolvesmouth Underground Dinner
Rabbit liver (almost) mousse on homemade crackers with mulberry jam Rabbit Liver Rabbit liver (almost) mousse on homemade crackers with mulberry jam at Etto
Hand cut maltagliati, pork ragù, scallion, Gruyère Ragù Hand cut maltagliati, pork ragù, scallion, Gruyère at Fraiche
Taiwan ramen noodle, Nagoya style spicy noodle soup served with beef and pork, Asian chives, and dried red chili Ramen Taiwan ramen noodle, Nagoya style spicy noodle soup served with beef and pork, Asian chives, and dried red chili at Sashi
Clams | seaweed, steamed razor clams, 'French kimchi', seaweed broth Razor Clam Clams | seaweed, steamed razor clams, "French kimchi", seaweed broth at The Royce
Spicy rice cake, chorizo, pickled mustard green Rice Cake Spicy rice cake, chorizo, pickled mustard green at Joule
Arroz verde, cilantro herbed rice, fresh cheese Rice, Mexican Arroz verde, cilantro herbed rice, fresh cheese at Bizarra Capital
Kinoko zosui porridge of rice and egg Rice Porridge Kinoko zosui porridge of rice and egg at Aburiya Toranoko
Mushroom risotto, topped with shaved summer truffles Risotto Mushroom risotto, topped with shaved summer truffles at Patina
eggs (flatbread) Roe eggs (flatbread) at Saison
Lime sabayon, cucumber ice cream, cashew macaroons, white chocolate, jasmine Sabayon Lime sabayon, cucumber ice cream, cashew macaroons, white chocolate, jasmine at Red Medicine
Frisee aux lardons et oeuf poche, frisee salad with lardons, poached egg, bacon vinaigrette & toasted brioche Salade Lyonnaise Frisee aux lardons et oeuf poche, frisee salad with lardons, poached egg, bacon vinaigrette & toasted brioche at Bouchon
Le Caviar, tartare de saumon aux jeunes pousses de shiso (salmon tartar with shiso sprouts) Salmon Tartar Le Caviar, tartare de saumon aux jeunes pousses de shiso (salmon tartar with shiso sprouts) at Joël Robuchon
Salpicon, piquillo pepper & mandarin orange Salpicon Salpicon, piquillo pepper & mandarin orange at Lazy Ox Canteen
Tree in the forest: confit of salsify, crispy maitake mushrooms with garlic & herbs Salsify Tree in the forest: confit of salsify, crispy maitake mushrooms with garlic & herbs at Bistronomics Lucky 13 at Breadbar
Bunelos de bacalao, fried salt cod and potato Salt Cod Bunelos de bacalao, fried salt cod and potato at Test Kitchen (Walter Manzke, Perfecto Rocher)
Basque sangria, Floc de Gascogne, flavors of sangria, freeze-dried fruit Sangria Basque sangria, Floc de Gascogne, flavors of sangria, freeze-dried fruit at Test Kitchen (Michael Voltaggio)
Sardines with ponzu Sardine Sardines with ponzu at Izakaya Seki
Sai krok Isaan / sour Isaan sausage, grilled fermented pork sausage, w/ bird eye chile, cabbage Sausage, Asian Sai krok Isaan / sour Isaan sausage, grilled fermented pork sausage, w/ bird eye chile, cabbage at Night + Market
Hokkaido scallop, nasturtium blossoms, crispy rice cracker Scallop, Raw Hokkaido scallop, nasturtium blossoms, crispy rice cracker at Providence
Sweetbread schnitzel with potato salad Schnitzel Sweetbread schnitzel with potato salad at Stefan's at L.A. Farm
Black truffle (French) scrambled eggs Scrambled Eggs Black truffle (French) scrambled eggs at LudoBites 8.0 at Lemon Moon
Sea bream, almond and orange, fennel jam Sea Bream Sea bream, almond and orange, fennel jam at Manresa
Espardenyes with bone marrow Sea Cucumber Espardenyes with bone marrow at Minibar
Grains & seeds, sturgeon, dashi Seeds Grains & seeds, sturgeon, dashi at Atelier Crenn
Goma aisu kurimu Sesame Goma aisu kurimu at Urasawa
Premium wagyu beef (from Japan, grade A5) Shabu-Shabu Premium wagyu beef (from Japan, grade A5) at Kagaya
Duck 'shawarma', Israeli couscous and organic corn salad Shawarma Duck "shawarma", Israeli couscous and organic corn salad at Taste of Beverly Hills (Momed)
Sake lees sherbet, strawberry, yuzu Sherbet Sake lees sherbet, strawberry, yuzu at Benu
Shima aji, coconut, cilantro Shima Aji Shima aji, coconut, cilantro at Atelier Crenn
Pineapple short bread Shortbread Pineapple short bread at Minibar
Jumbo shrimp cocktail Shrimp Cocktail Jumbo shrimp cocktail at Hank's Oyster Bar
North Carolina coastal shrimp and Anson Mills grits Shrimp, Cooked North Carolina coastal shrimp and Anson Mills grits at Ratcliffe on The Green
Shrimp toast sandwich, herbs, Sriracha mayo Shrimp Toast Shrimp toast sandwich, herbs, Sriracha mayo at Son of a Gun
Yuwan marinated crispy skate wing, sunchoke puree, ramps Skate Yuwan marinated crispy skate wing, sunchoke puree, ramps at Mori at Il Grano
Escargot, country sausage, green tomato, black eyed pea Snail Escargot, country sausage, green tomato, black eyed pea at The Vagrancy Project
Aonori soba pasta, Dungeness crab Soba Aonori soba pasta, Dungeness crab at Spago
Soft shell crab, scrambled corn, Old Bay, vanilla-crab jus Soft Shell Crab Soft shell crab, scrambled corn, Old Bay, vanilla-crab jus at The Dining Room
Somen noodle with bottarga Somen Somen noodle with bottarga at Matsuhisa
Isla de Cedros abalone chorizo sope Sope Isla de Cedros abalone chorizo sope at Test Kitchen (Javier Plascencia)
Spaghetti, tomato & basil Spaghetti Spaghetti, tomato & basil at Scarpetta
Spanakopita Spanakopita Spanakopita at Cleo
Nem nuong cuon Spring Roll (Fresh) Nem nuong cuon at Brodard
Shrimp & rabbit sausage spring roll, minutina, green curry Spring Roll (Fried) Shrimp & rabbit sausage spring roll, minutina, green curry at Animal
Stracciatella di burrata, sprouting broccoli, bottarga, lemon Sprouting Broccoli Stracciatella di burrata, sprouting broccoli, bottarga, lemon at Rustic Canyon
Alchemic chemistry, 79 Squash Blossom Alchemic chemistry, 79 at CR8 The Art Of
Squid, iberico, lardo Squid, Cold Squid, iberico, lardo at Atelier Crenn
Baby Monterey squid, Chiang Mai pork sausage, candlenut, mint, rau ram Squid, Hot Baby Monterey squid, Chiang Mai pork sausage, candlenut, mint, rau ram at Lukshon
True Japanese 100% Wagyu Beef From Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, Filet Mignon 6 Oz Steak True Japanese 100% Wagyu Beef From Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, Filet Mignon 6 Oz at CUT
Sticky toffee pudding, sweet pudding cake, brown sugar toffee, brown butter ice cream Sticky Toffee Pudding Sticky toffee pudding, sweet pudding cake, brown sugar toffee, brown butter ice cream at Gordon Ramsay Steak
Columbia River sturgeon | artichoke, salted crust baked sturgeon fillet, caviar-artichoke, wilted greens, vegetable 'green tea' Sturgeon Columbia River sturgeon | artichoke, salted crust baked sturgeon fillet, caviar-artichoke, wilted greens, vegetable "green tea" at The Royce
Sunchoke soup, black truffle, olive oil Sunchoke Sunchoke soup, black truffle, olive oil at The Royce
Sweet potato, romaine ribs, turmeric, beer, baby shrimp Sweet Potato Sweet potato, romaine ribs, turmeric, beer, baby shrimp at Red Medicine
Swordfish, pea harissa, red onion, radish Swordfish Swordfish, pea harissa, red onion, radish at Kapnos
Pork belly tacos, Fuji apple slaw, jalapeño relish Taco, Non-Traditional Pork belly tacos, Fuji apple slaw, jalapeño relish at Black Hogg
Tamago Tamago Tamago at Natori
Tamalli Chateaubriand, wild-mushroom duxelles dumpling, filet mignon, chipotle béarnaise Tamale, Non-Traditional Tamalli Chateaubriand, wild-mushroom duxelles dumpling, filet mignon, chipotle béarnaise at Playa
Acra, graded taro roots blended with herring, green onion, bell pepper, onion, garlic, black pepper and parsley Taro Acra, graded taro roots blended with herring, green onion, bell pepper, onion, garlic, black pepper and parsley at Test Kitchen (TiGeorges Laguerre)
Toro-kani maki Temaki Toro-kani maki at Yamakase
Ebi tempura Tempura Ebi tempura at Urasawa
Tiradito de jurel, Japanese aji carpaccio, garlic, ginger lemon sauce Tiradito Tiradito de jurel, Japanese aji carpaccio, garlic, ginger lemon sauce at Test Kitchen (Ricardo Zarate)
Tiramisu Tiramisu Tiramisu at Osteria Mamma
Agedashi tofu Tofu Agedashi tofu at Raku
Momotaro tomatoes Tomato Momotaro tomatoes at Totoraku
Otoro (nigirizushi) Toro Otoro (nigirizushi) at Kyubey
Chorizo piquillo goat cheese torta Torta, Non-Traditional Chorizo piquillo goat cheese torta at Wolvesmouth Underground Dinner
Tortillas florales, housemade nixtimal tortillas, 'Indian butter' Tortilla Tortillas florales, housemade nixtimal tortillas, "Indian butter" at Rivera
Kampachi tostada, herbs, fish sauce vinaigrette, peanut Tostada Kampachi tostada, herbs, fish sauce vinaigrette, peanut at Animal
Tres leches cake Tres Leches Tres leches cake at Gulfstream
Yuzu banana trifle, mountain berries Trifle Yuzu banana trifle, mountain berries at Lazy Ox Canteen
Omasum tripe, shrimp, yellow chive, lovage Tripe Omasum tripe, shrimp, yellow chive, lovage at Benu
Black truffle, explosion, romaine, parmesan Truffle Black truffle, explosion, romaine, parmesan at Alinea
Maguro 'spare ribs' Tuna, Cooked Maguro "spare ribs" at Kyubey
Akami zuke Tuna, Sushi, Lean Akami zuke at Q
Cru (bluefin tuna tartar) Tuna Tartar Cru (bluefin tuna tartar) at Saison
Whole Spanish turbot a la plancha, perfect Blumenthals, mojo verde Turbot Whole Spanish turbot a la plancha, perfect Blumenthals, mojo verde at IO by Playground
O.C., turkey burger, herb sauce, sprouts, marinated carrots, avocado, provolone Turkey Burger O.C., turkey burger, herb sauce, sprouts, marinated carrots, avocado, provolone at Burger Parlor
Unagi, summer truffle, crushed potato, quail egg Unagi Unagi, summer truffle, crushed potato, quail egg at Providence
Santa Barbara uni Uni Santa Barbara uni at Sushi Taro
Marcho Farm nature-fed veal, 'lasagne de langue de veau,' toybox tomatoes, globe artichoke, romaine lettuce and Castelmagne 'mousseline' Veal Marcho Farm nature-fed veal, "lasagne de langue de veau," toybox tomatoes, globe artichoke, romaine lettuce and Castelmagne "mousseline" at The French Laundry
Filet de chevreuil, loin of venison, roasted market vegetables and fall fruits Venison Filet de chevreuil, loin of venison, roasted market vegetables and fall fruits at Bocuse d'Or USA Benefit Dinner
Vitello tonnato, veal eye of round sousvide for 12h@51°c, salsa tonnata and celery Vitello Tonnato Vitello tonnato, veal eye of round sousvide for 12h@51°c, salsa tonnata and celery at Il Grano
Crisp sourdough waffle, black cherry and mascarpone, balsamic caramel Waffle Crisp sourdough waffle, black cherry and mascarpone, balsamic caramel at Muse
White chocolate cube, orange blossom cream, coriander, pistachio, sake White Chocolate White chocolate cube, orange blossom cream, coriander, pistachio, sake at XIV
Vibration, bee hive Wild Boar Vibration, bee hive at CR8 The Art Of
Pork chili oil wonton+Szechuan-style shredded potatoes Wontons Pork chili oil wonton+Szechuan-style shredded potatoes at Starry Kitchen Nights at Tiara Cafe
Lobster coral xiao long bao Xiaolongbao Lobster coral xiao long bao at Benu
Outside rib eye Yakiniku Outside rib eye at Totoraku

18 Comments:

Anonymous The Celiac Husband said...

Epic post.

Monday, September 17, 2012 4:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Andy Gavin said...

Wow, that must have taken a while to organize! I'm hungry (actually I'm still full from last night, but lots of good looking stuff!)

Monday, September 17, 2012 7:46:00 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Awesome compilation of your greatest bites. Thanks for putting it together. Your fans have been waiting for this list for a long time.

Monday, September 17, 2012 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger The Bartender said...

If there's one word for that blog post, its "pornographic", lol.

After finishing reading your post, I started to imagine how much it ran you on your wallet. A lot of dough out of your pocket to entertain all of us and we appreciate it!

If there's one thing I would like to mention from that gigantic list is "Kamatoro". Besides Urasawa, I'd imagine not that many sushi restaurants even offer it or heard of it as it's one of the best parts of the fish besides the belly. Even in Japan, most people aren't even familiar with it. When I was dining at a sushi bar in Tokyo, the chef pulled out kamatoro out of the refrigerator for me after I had selected O-toro and the other good stuff. Initially, I didn't know exactly what it was other than it tasted divine.

I just wanted to mention about how amazing Kamatoro is: http://www.sushiencyclopedia.com/blog/2007/10/14/the-secret-fatty-tuna-toro-sushi/

Monday, September 17, 2012 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin-
Urasawa got 10 hard to contest
Voltagio and Walt Manzke get 5 both the best at what they do.
Ludo 4 maybe you missed a couple
Benu 3 at least but definitely above French Laundry
Providence I thing you undersold Michael's food a tad should tie with M Voltagio"s and manzke's

Kevin keep up the great work, you are a one of a kind.

Ben Lunsky

Monday, September 17, 2012 7:13:00 PM  
Blogger Vegas and Food said...

I love this post, really helpful. And it's kinda amazing you ate all that food!

Monday, September 17, 2012 8:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Marian said...

AWESOME LIST! This post of full of WIN! Good to know I've had some of those dishes and was with you to eat some of them. =) I'm feeling much better now with my appetite in full effect. Let's eat!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was your favorite mojito?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:43:00 PM  
Blogger Fritos and Foie Gras said...

What a fabulous post! Bravo - love it!

Friday, September 21, 2012 5:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

List is too long

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

H.Peter: It was meant to be. ;)

Andy: Yep, a few months, working sporadically of course.

Evan: And I've been waiting for the list for a long time, too. It had been formulating in my head for a while, so I'm glad I finally got it down on "paper."

Bartender: Yeah, as far as wallet damage goes, I'm guessing around $40,000 over the past few years has been spent on the blog. But, you have to remember that most of that would've been spent in any case. And you're spot on about kamatoro.

Ben: I was wondering if someone would actually tally up the "scores." I'm a big fan of Cimarusti's cooking, and he did get three items on the list (did you catch the panna cotta?). Keep in mind, though, that I probably haven't had as many courses from him as from some of the other chefs. ;)

V&F: I'd be curious to see your list as well, given that you've blogged about *far* more places than I have!

Marian: Nice! Which ones were you present for?

Anon: Don't remember. Haven't had one in ages.

Sarah: Thanks--you ever think of putting up a similar list?

Anon: That's what happens when you have basically the entire breadth of the world's cuisines available to you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Josiah said...

Sincere thanks for the tour de force of fine dining displayed here!

Friday, September 28, 2012 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list Kevin,
What about including chocolate, antelope, bread, ice cream, pheasant, wild boar, squab, avocado, fennel, endive, broccoli, cup of coffee, next time?

Monday, October 01, 2012 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Josiah: Think nothing of it!

Anon: Interesting suggestions there. For antelope/pheasant, I'm positive that I haven't had nearly enough experiences to make a decision. For avocado, see the entry for guac (not many dishes feature avocado as the star). Chocolate/bread/ice cream/squab are too numerous to list, but I did add the rest of the items.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lasagna?

French fries?



-Nikki-

Sunday, November 04, 2012 9:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Samson said...

What about Saba (marinated mackerel)? Unless that is you do not like Saba.

Monday, December 31, 2012 1:03:00 PM  
Anonymous johanna said...

best pho in so cal??

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Nikki: Haven't had a really standout lasagna yet. As for fries, maybe the crinkle cut ones that came with the amazing burger at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

Samson: I'm a fan of fishy fish, so I definitely enjoy saba. Unfortunately I can't think of one that really rises above the rest though.

Johanna: I'm just about the last person you want to ask about pho. ;)

Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:54:00 AM  

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