i have a week until work is gonna get crazy so, i made a list. i love lists. places to eat before i die. kinda like the movie the bucket list except with food since i'm a fatass. i'm guessing that the list is gonna cost me at least one of my organs with all of the plane tickets and such, so sugar mamas are definately welcome, i make a good companion. in no particular order:
st. john (london) - roast bone marrow and traditional english fare.
elBulli (spain) - supposedly the most difficult reservation to book (you need to book one year in advance), plus round trip plane ticket to barcelona, plus hotel, plus a rental car to drive to roses for a ~$400 per person, ~30 course, 4 hour dinner experience with ferran adria at a 3 star Michelin rated restaurant. voted the #1 restaurant in the world run by the #1 chef in the world.
french laundry (napa valley, ca) - thomas keller's restaurant. foie gras, caviar, snippets of megan fox's hair, and anything else you can imagine.
per se (new york, ny) - thomas keller's restaurant on the east coast.
sin huat eating house (singapore) - located in singapore's red light district, you'll probably catch something just by looking at someone, but it's looks like its worth it.
le bernardin (new york, ny) - fish, the best in the world.
salumi (seattle, wa) - small sandwich shop owned by mario batali's parents. somehow they formed a super baby so seperately they'd be good too.
russ & daughters (new york, ny) - eastern european jewish style herring and smoked belly lox.
katz's delicatessen (new york, ny) - best ever pastrami on rye. katz's was featured in the movie when harry met sally…or so i've heard.
etxebarri (spain) - almost everything is grilled over homemade charcoal, mmm.
sushi mizutani (tokyo), kyubey (tokyo), or sukiyabashi jiro (tokyo) - best sushi EVER. each piece is served at the precise temperature when it tastes best.
hot doug's (chicago, il) - foie gras hot dog and fries cooked in duck fat. om nom nom.
oklahoma joe's barbeque (kansas city, mi) - best in KC, best in the world.
CUT - wolfgang puck's steakhouse. authentic wagyu ribeye goes for around $200 a la carte. it's the steak God would eat…if he ate steak.
minibar by jose andres (washington, d.c.) - cotton candy foie gras, philly cheese steak made with kobe beef and a lot of food that is deconstructed. ooh, the bill comes inside an egg shell that you smash to open. interesting..
alinea (chicago, il) - one of the best meals that money can buy in america.
urusawa - arguably one the most expensive dinners in the world. 30 course omakase, over 4 hours long, ~$500 per person including sake, tax and tip. kobe beef, uni galore, toro up the butt, a giant piece of black truffle made into tempura and gold flakes on a bunch of the dishes. ridiculous. and the general consensus is that for what you get, it's a bargain. 2 Michelin stars.
stonehill tavern - michael mina's restaurant at the st. regis.
fogo de chao - upscale brazilian churascarria
lawry's the prime rib - prime rib!
animal - another one of those restaurants on acid. foie gras loco moco, bacon wrapped chocolate bar, etc...
pizzeria mozza - comparing it to pizza hut is like comparing in-n-out to pedigree dog chow.
bouchon (las vegas, nv) - thomas keller's restaurant for common folk which is still pretty baller. good brunch if you're in vegas.
providence - 9 course tasting menu.
lola gaspar - duck tacos and french fries cooked in duck fat. efficiency.
ambrosia - shrimp scampi flambe cooked tableside and a crazy amuse bouche.
anjin - jbbq, kinda like kbbq except the j is for japanese.
langer's - pastrami on rye. pretty much katz's but in l.a.
philippe the original restaurant - french dip.
father's office - booze and burgers.
park avenue - one of the best restaurants in all of orange county and it's in stanton. who knew?
orange hill restaurant - good food, amazing view.
hollingshead's delicatessen - aa afterparty headquarters. nice deli with beer as far as the eye can see, including pliny the younger, 11% abv.
marche moderne - french appetizer's galore.
basilic - small french restaurant on balboa island.
red lobster - how have i never been here? i hear that the cheese bread is all the rage.
blue - the ultimate food run; no rush to complete; could possibly be the last meal i ever have
red - phase one of list completion; take out loans; rob a bank; begin the journey of a lifetime
black - anytime; mostly local
green - done!
feel free to make suggestions of possible additions.