Honorable Mentions of 2012 (new restaurants) (in no particular order)
(captions to follow) 1. Enrico Biscotti Pittsburgh PA
Most us agreed that Enrico Biscotti
was the best restaurant (besides Josza Corner
) during our get together in Pittsburgh this past June...Offering interesting lunch options such as the ham, mozzarella, shroom and greens sangawheech, the margherita pizza and capricossa. The special that weekend was wild salmon imported from the pacific northwest. However my favorite part of the meal were the mini italian pastries and cookies....... 2. Bon Ton Cafe New Orleans LA
There are very few restaurants in New Orleans that serve bad food (although a few like the Gumbo Shop
do) The Bon Ton Cafe
is no exeption. From the gumbo to the crispy hand breaded onion rings, there was nothing that fell short of my expectations. The waitress was nice enough to let me order a half plate of shrimp etoufee and a half plate of crawfish etoufee. And the bread pudding doused with rum left me completely intoxicated..
3. El Guero Canelo Tucson AZ
My expectations were low, walking into El Guero Canelo
, I'm usually very skeptical when trying regional variations of burgers and hot dogs. Although the horchata was just way...way....too overly sweet for my palate, consider me a diehard fan of the Sonoran Dog....Having tried it for the first time it won me over
4. Catfish Hole Alma AR
Finding Catfish Hole
on line, I was wondering if it would live up to the positive reviews it got. My concerns quickly subsided as soon as I arrived to find a big crowd (on a Tuesday evening no less) Nothing fell short during this meal and the fact that they had pickle relish confirmed my suspicions that this place is the real deal. From the oniony hushpuppies to the crispy clean tasting catfish and the hand cut fries Catfish Hole
is everything a catfish house is meant to be...The only disappointing part of the meal was the very pedestrian fried pie for dessert.
5. Southside Market Elgin TX
It's no wonder that Texas BBQ is my favorite style of Q. The fact that whole chili peppers were available at Southside Market
made the place even more special....Stay tuned, this isn't the first Texas Q joint that will receive accoladades on my year end list.
6. Nana's Soul Fod Kitchen Charlotte NC
Now that the Coffee Cup
is long gone, I'm torn between Nana's
as my new favorite soul food restaurant in Charlotte. Sure the corn bread is better at Nana's
and perhaps the veggie's may have a slight edge, however the fried chicken at La'Wan's
is second to none and the atmosphere can't be beat , although the banana pudding at Nana's
leaves something to be desired, I'm glad that both Nana's
7. Tujague's New Orleans LA
If there is one last appropriate dinner in New Orleans, I vote for Tujague's
. This multi course meal didn't disappoint. The Shrimp remoulade, gumbo and brisket with creole sauce tickled the senses. The crispy, garlicky Chicken Bon Femme was completely orgasmic. Unfortunately the very ho-hum bread pudding was anti climactic.
8 . Mi Nidito Tucson AZ
I knew I was in for something good when I approached Mi Nidito
before they opened their doors and there was already a line to get in....This is where you will find classic Sonoran Arizona Mex cuisine...
9. Matthew's Cafeteria Tucker GA
A classic southern cafeteria... I was so impressed with Matthew's Cafeteria
that I ended up visiting two days in a row. Although the pork chops and fried chicken were fine, the veggies are the classic textbook definitiion of what southern veggies should be. They were outstanding. Oh and the banana pudding and peach cobbler were the best of the trip.
10. Long Creek Fish Fry Dallas NC
Considering just about all restaurants in rural Charlotte are closed on Sundays, forced me to do some research.
I came across this oasis in a sea of closed restaurants in the Gastonia area. Long Creek Fish fry
. It's no wonder this place has been around for over 60 years. Despite the "assembly line cole slaw' the super corny hushpuppies, crispy fried catfish and hand cut fries were some of the best I had...Oh and the portions were so huge I took half of it back to my friend's place for dinner the next day.
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