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2008/01/23 22:31:44 (permalink)

Places to Eat Before You......

I had seen the book "1000 Places to See Before You Die" in book stores. One thousand seemed too many, if it had been 100 or 200 I might have bought it out of curiosity to see how many I have seen.

But twice in the last few months I have been in Roodfood places (Cattlemen’s and Obrycki’s) that had signs on the wall that said they were listed in "1000 Places to See Before You Die." So I check it out at the library and these are the places it lists under Culinary Experiences – United States:

Arthur Bryant Barbecue, Missouri
Arun’s, Illinois
Bouley and Danube, New York City
Carnegie Delicatessen, New York City
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Oklahoma
Charlie Trotter’s, Illinois
Chez Panisse, California
Daniel, New York City
Elizabeth on 37th, Georgia
Four Seasons, New York City
Italians, New York City
Jean Georges, New York City
Joe’s Stone Crab, Florida
Le Bernardin, New York City
Legal Sea Foods, Massachusetts
Low Country cuisine of South Carolina
Mansion on Turtle Creek, Texas
Memphis’s rib joints, Tennessee
Mrs. Wilkes’s Boarding House, Georgia
New Orleans’s restaurants, Louisiana
Nobu, New York City
Obrycki’s Maryland
Peter Luger Steakhouse, New York City
Philly food, Pennsylvania
Pike Place Market, Washington
Superdawg, Illinois
Union Square Café, New York City
Woodman’s of Essex, Massachusetts

Seems a little NYC centric to me. I’ve been to only 15 (as of 1/1/10) even if I count the upstairs café at Chez Panisse.
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    zataar
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/23 22:48:51 (permalink)
    It's so hard to take those lists too seriously. I've heard the author on NPR a couple of times. It is all extremely subjective.
    That is not to say that I wouldn't try any of those places if I had the chance. I've only eaten at 4 of them, and I'm glad did.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/24 08:42:20 (permalink)
    Nobu? You've got to be kidding me??!!

    Sushi in the NYC area is adequate at best compared to the West Coast (Specifically Southern California) and Hawaii
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/24 09:06:55 (permalink)
    I love lists and sometimes even use them as a basis for travel. I've been to four of the restaurant types listed. However, I am more likely to use roadfood as a guide to eat when I travel.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/24 09:08:03 (permalink)
    I would add maruca's pizza on the seaside heights nj boardwalk to the list...heck I would add the whole boardwalk!
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/24 09:16:05 (permalink)
    Legal Seafoods in Massachusetts??!! I hope that this is the original that spawned the chain, and not just another pale imitation of what was probably a memorable restaurant.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 00:56:53 (permalink)
    I like lists as well. I'm more likely to find my own roadfood places than depend on a list by someone else.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 08:51:09 (permalink)
    I don't know. Mine from the list:

    Carnegie Delicatessen, New York City ... Don't forget Barney Greengrass or Katz's
    Italians, New York City ... Okay
    Joe’s Stone Crab, Florida ... I say go see it, but don't subject yourself to the indignity of eating there.
    Legal Sea Foods, Massachusetts ... I don't think so.
    Memphis’s rib joints, Tennessee ... Of course (Interstate, Gus's, Barksdales ...)
    New Orleans’s restaurants, Louisiana ... Of course (Central Grocery, Acme)
    Philly food, Pennsylvania ... Of course
    Pike Place Market, Washington ... for limited restaurants (I was there Thursday)
    Superdawg, Illinois ... yep
    Woodman’s of Essex, Massachusetts ... yep

    What? No Pepe's?
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 09:16:09 (permalink)
    WJ-"Sushi in NYC area is adequate at best"-that's funny
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 09:33:55 (permalink)
    Where's the Texas BBQ on this list?

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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 10:07:09 (permalink)
    Every Pizza place in Italy....twice!!! I'm greedy.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 11:10:10 (permalink)
    The problem with lists is that they generally reflect one person's opinion. In the case of the OP's list cited it is clearly NYC centric with a few token other locales which makes me wonder if it was researched but not actually sampled. Maybe the best list going is Buffetbuster's right here in Roadfood.com with the ** denoting his favorite places.

    I'm specifically working on pork tenderloin sandwiches and walleye sandwiches, and starting to branch out in pizzas and breakfasts.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 11:40:40 (permalink)
    Only one place really-Prince's hot chicken in Nashville.
    While I'd never go to New Haven or within 50 miles of it without trying it, Pepe's pizza's appearance just doesn't look like something I'd need to try. Ditto with lobster on a hot dog bun or a burger at Louis Lunch. I'd probably want try one of those Oklahoma fried onion burgers. Now I'd love to return to Maine for lobster, Boston for piss clams, San Francisco for cioppino, Asian food and sourdough, the South for BBQ and good greens, New Mexico for jalapeno pizza and chile burgers, Mid-Illinois for a horseshoe, Louisville for a hot brown, Florida for grouper and sand dabs, the Bahama's for conch 'n bites, Toronto for both pho and those cart sausages downtown, Ottawa for Belgian-style french fries, Boston in Jamaica for jerk, KC and Texas for brisket, Washington State for oysters and clams, New Orleans for muff, Iowa for a pork tenderloin to name just a few.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 15:06:39 (permalink)
    I've eaten at only a few of these places and I can't say they speak well for the others.

    Carnegie Deli? Good, but I don't understand the concept of paying the price of a fine entree for a sandwich you can't eat half of. It's okay on an expense account but I've had equally good deli food in any number of Mom & Pop places in reasonable portions at reasonable prices.

    Legal Sea Food? It's slipped with expansion, although it's usually fine for plain New England seafood, but there are better places for that.

    Union Square Cafe? Okay, it was a long time ago when the hype first started. It was eminently forgettable then.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2008/01/26 15:58:11 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Nobu? You've got to be kidding me??!!

    Sushi in the NYC area is adequate at best compared to the West Coast (Specifically Southern California) and Hawaii


    Nobu is much more than sushi. I know Japanese people who think Nobu's has exquisite food.
    If someone else was paying, I'd eat there in a minute. But I'd rather eat at Nobu's restaurant in Los Angeles.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/24 17:13:50 (permalink)
    Here is another similar but Texas-centric list "30 Essential Texas Restaurants To Visit Before You Die" from the Dallas Observer.  Its a pretty good mixture of Roadfood classics, high-end places, and few I am not familiar with. 
    GULF COAST
    Gaido's - Galveston o Galveston
    Gilhooley's - Dickinson
    Hugo's - Houston
    Ninfa's on Navigation - Houston
    Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Houston (also one in Dallas)
    Patillo's - Beaumont
    Sartin's Seafood - Nederland
    Tony's - Houston
    Underbelly - Houston
    PRAIRIE & LAKES
    Babe's Chicken Dinner House - Roanoke (and others)
    Cattlemen's Steakhouse - Fort Worth
    El Fenix - Dallas
    Fearings - Dallas
    Louie Mueller BBQ - Taylor
    The Mansion on Turtle Creek - Dallas
    Tei-An - Dallas
    Joe T. Garcia's - Fort Worth
    HILL COUNTRY
    Blue Bonnet Cage - Marble Falls
    Fonda San Miguel - Austin
    Franklin Barbeque - Austin
    Green Pastures - Austin
    Kreuz Market - Lockhart
    Matt's El Rancho - Austin
    Smitty's Market - Lockhart
    Uchi - Austin
    SOUTH TEXAS
    Biga on the Banks - San Antonio
    Mi Tierra - San Antonio
    Ray's Drive Inn - San Antonio
    PANHANDLE PLAINS
    The Big Texan Steak Ranch - Amarillo
    Perini Ranch - Buffalo Gap
     
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/24 17:46:28 (permalink)
    Where's 5 Guys??????
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/24 21:08:05 (permalink)
    Must be nice to be able to travel to all those places.  I'm still working on getting from South Jersey to Dilly's Corner and Charlie's pool room.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/24 21:26:53 (permalink)
    I've actually been to 12 of the places on the TX list.  Mostly in two trips.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/24 21:43:21 (permalink)
    Excellent!

    I can be home in time for dinner...with most of the list!
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/24 21:57:55 (permalink)
    I would like to eat at Chez L'amis Louis in Paris.  With Michael.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/25 08:41:51 (permalink)
    Charlie Trotter retired and closed his place.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/25 10:15:09 (permalink)
    kland01s

    Charlie Trotter retired and closed his place.
    Permanent retirement or just some time off to recharge?
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/25 11:02:38 (permalink)
    From what I have read, he wants to travel and work on a  Master's degree. He auctioned off his wine collection and began to auction off his restaurant equipment but stopped it.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/26 00:29:47 (permalink)
    kland01s

    From what I have read, he wants to travel and work on a  Master's degree. He auctioned off his wine collection and began to auction off his restaurant equipment but stopped it.

    Mid-Life Crisis!!!!" />

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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/26 08:04:52 (permalink)
    Trotter won't starve. He has something going on with Holland American as a member of their "Culinary Council."  His contribution to their menus:
     
    Charlie Trotter, winner of 10 James Beard Foundation awards, created sautéed opakapaka, also known as crimson snapper, on a bed of bleeding heart radishes, served with baby turnips stuffed with black trumpet mushrooms, sautéed morel mushrooms and basil-thyme oil. Another featured dish is Trotter’s grilled venison loin with dates served with seasoned quinoa, salsify purée and broccoli rabe.
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/26 08:26:54 (permalink)
    <<I'm still working on getting from South Jersey to Dilly's Corner and Charlie's pool room>>
     
    I'm not sure Dilly's is worth the trip. Sure it's great for it's outdoor ambience (and if it's a weekend its a mob scene on a nice day), but the food is average.
     
    Yes, Holly Eats gives it 5 stars, but he seems to be basing that mostly on the ambience. He does say the burger is not all that special.
    http://www.hollyeats.com/Dillys.htm
     
    On the other hand, Charlie's Pool Room.....
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    RE: Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/26 09:19:58 (permalink)
    Mamoun's is Roadfood and on the list.


    http://mamouns.com/

    I'm not workin' any death wish list...so I won't mention the Mamoun's location at 502 Washington St. in <<<Hoboken>>>.
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    Re:Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/01/30 18:52:23 (permalink)
    plb Seems a little NYC centric to me.

    A little! Not only does he list a whole bunch of places in New York City but he doesn't even narrow down any of the other restaurants listed further than their state! The guy's a poster child for NYC arrogance.
     

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    Re:Places to Eat Before You...... 2013/02/04 08:39:06 (permalink)
    Lists like this are good only for starting a discussion, or making you think about putting together your own list.
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