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Best of Class restaurant dishes

#1 Post by M. Dildine » August 27th, 2019, 6:52 am

I had a banner day yesterday, tasting two "best of class" dishes in one day:

* Best fish taco: Solbar, Calistoga, CA
* Best iceberg wedge salad: Press, St. Helena, CA (chilled iceberg, bacon, blue cheese, red grapes, pistachio, avocado puree)

I'll throw in another all-time favorite from years past for good measure:

* Best bananas foster: Brennan's, Houston TX
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#2 Post by Victor Hong » August 27th, 2019, 7:08 am

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#3 Post by Anton D » August 27th, 2019, 8:50 am

Great question!

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#4 Post by Michael Martin » August 27th, 2019, 9:51 am

Best guacamole: Taco Party Grand Junction, Colorado. Chunked avocado, multiple radishes, tiny peppers, salt, some things I have never seen before along with something seasonal which over the weekend it was fresh Palisade peach bits. I am not kidding. You have to try it.
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#5 Post by Pat Esposito » August 27th, 2019, 11:13 am

M. Dildine wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 6:52 am
I had a banner day yesterday, tasting two "best of class" dishes in one day:

* Best fish taco: Solbar, Calistoga, CA
* Best iceberg wedge salad: Press, St. Helena, CA (chilled iceberg, bacon, blue cheese, red grapes, pistachio, avocado puree)

I'll throw in another all-time favorite from years past for good measure:

* Best bananas foster: Brennan's, Houston TX
Timely post as I will be at Press in two weeks and love a great Wedge salad, thanks for the tip!

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#6 Post by G. Keeler » August 27th, 2019, 11:17 am

First thing that came to mind was the best pizza I've ever had - Ramp pesto and lamb sausage pizza at Cotogna in SF. I love pizza, make it once a week and have been to a lot of what others consider to be the best pizza places in the world and that pizza at Cotogna stands above them all.
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#7 Post by Kelly Walker » August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm

Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
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#8 Post by Ken Strauss » August 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm

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#9 Post by J a y H a c k » August 27th, 2019, 2:40 pm

Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
I violated my no carbs rule for this.
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#10 Post by J a y H a c k » August 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm

Rugalach - my mother's house.
Potato knishes with home stretched dough you could read through - my mother's house.
Pickled tongue in raisin sauce - my mother's house.
"Corned" stuffed breast of veal - my mother's house.

Sorry, she passed away almost exactly a year ago
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#11 Post by Andrew S. » August 27th, 2019, 8:41 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Rugalach - my mother's house.
Potato knishes with home stretched dough you could read through - my mother's house.
Pickled tongue in raisin sauce - my mother's house.
"Corned" stuffed breast of veal - my mother's house.

Sorry, she passed away almost exactly a year ago
We don't know each other: but you are awesome. My mother could not cook to save her life. But the gefilte fish my wife made from absolute scratch to bring joy to my dad when he was passing away, or the kneidlach, or the kugel (and continues to make for our family) those are the best of class dishes that need no class. We have them all to this day because she was inspired by bringing life to my father who needed life. I always look for that authentic life in a restaurant, and there are MANY around the globe that meet the lovely test. Thank goodness for that as well.

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#12 Post by NED VALOIS » August 27th, 2019, 9:37 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Rugalach - my mother's house.
Potato knishes with home stretched dough you could read through - my mother's house.
Pickled tongue in raisin sauce - my mother's house.
"Corned" stuffed breast of veal - my mother's house.

Sorry, she passed away almost exactly a year ago
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#13 Post by Frank Z » August 28th, 2019, 8:08 am

Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
LOVE this so much. A close second for me is the Seafood truffle pasta at Le Bernardin.
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#14 Post by Chris Blum » August 28th, 2019, 8:34 am

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#15 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » August 28th, 2019, 8:55 am

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#16 Post by Mike Cohen » August 28th, 2019, 9:34 am

M. Dildine wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 6:52 am
I had a banner day yesterday, tasting two "best of class" dishes in one day:

* Best fish taco: Solbar, Calistoga, CA
* Best iceberg wedge salad: Press, St. Helena, CA (chilled iceberg, bacon, blue cheese, red grapes, pistachio, avocado puree)

I'll throw in another all-time favorite from years past for good measure:

* Best bananas foster: Brennan's, Houston TX
Funny...I had the best fish taco I've ever tasted at Veracruz All Natural in Austin, TX. Afterwards I said that all other fish tacos should be embarrassed. Would love to try the Solbar version.

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#17 Post by dcornutt » August 28th, 2019, 12:02 pm

Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
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#18 Post by J. Rock » August 28th, 2019, 12:39 pm

Hmmm...

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#19 Post by T. Melloni » August 28th, 2019, 12:44 pm

Another + 1 for Marea's Fusilli with bone marrow and octopus. Best of Class!

EMP's carrot marshmallow is another Best of Class, albeit an awfully small class.
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#20 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » August 28th, 2019, 1:31 pm

When Ladner was still at Del Posto, the Caramelle was pretty spectacular.
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#21 Post by G. Keeler » August 28th, 2019, 1:44 pm

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#22 Post by Ron Slye » August 28th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Well I would love that homemade gefilte fish. My grandmother in law used to get it from a butcher on Madison Ave I think, and it was great.

More to the OP -- Steak Tartare at Lark in Seattle.

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#23 Post by J. Rock » August 28th, 2019, 7:16 pm

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#24 Post by Alex N » August 28th, 2019, 9:35 pm

I had to google "Jardiniere" for the spelling and didn't know they closed. Bummer.
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#25 Post by Scott Brunson » August 29th, 2019, 3:40 am

Ken Strauss wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Tuna sashimi pizza
Cafe Maxx Pompano Beach Florida
Also Pompano,
The cracked conch at the wee humble Fish Shack
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#26 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » August 29th, 2019, 10:00 am

dcornutt wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
Yes.
We had our wedding lunch (closest we got to a reception) at Marea after the service and all of us ordered this dish, except one who is vegetarian.

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#27 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » August 29th, 2019, 10:31 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 10:00 am
dcornutt wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
Yes.
We had our wedding lunch (closest we got to a reception) at Marea after the service and all of us ordered this dish, except one who is vegetarian.
As a pescatarian I've never had this dish except for a couple of times when the kitchen made it for me without the bone marrow. It was good, but I'm sure my missing ingredient brings the dish to a much higher level.
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#28 Post by Richard Albert » August 30th, 2019, 6:43 am

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#29 Post by Jay Miller » August 30th, 2019, 6:44 am

Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
I disagree. I only order it 90% of the time.
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#30 Post by mark rudner » August 30th, 2019, 6:56 am

how can the fusilli at marea be the best when there's nothing to compare it to?
i agree it's amazing and have had it 75% of the times i've been, but i've never seen it any where else

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#31 Post by Alex N » August 30th, 2019, 9:28 am

mark rudner wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 6:56 am
how can the fusilli at marea be the best when there's nothing to compare it to?
i agree it's amazing and have had it 75% of the times i've been, but i've never seen it any where else
This explains the original dish/inspiration at a place in Italy and how it evolved when they brought it to the states.

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#32 Post by mark rudner » August 30th, 2019, 12:08 pm

very cool alex
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#33 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 2nd, 2019, 6:03 am

M. Dildine wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 6:52 am
I had a banner day yesterday, tasting two "best of class" dishes in one day:

* Best fish taco: Solbar, Calistoga, CA
* Best iceberg wedge salad: Press, St. Helena, CA (chilled iceberg, bacon, blue cheese, red grapes, pistachio, avocado puree)

I'll throw in another all-time favorite from years past for good measure:

* Best bananas foster: Brennan's, Houston TX
Agree on the fish Tacos at Solbar. I have them at least twice per month!
I would add best in class for mozzarella/burrata dishes the made-to-order hand pulled mozzarella at Brasswood, St. Helena. Once per week.
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#34 Post by edwardmilstein » September 2nd, 2019, 3:21 pm

I do love that fusilli at Marea, also the linguini vongole at esca,chicken en vessie at Daniel,uni toast,tuna tartare toast at ZZ's( related),
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#35 Post by Kris Patten » September 2nd, 2019, 7:51 pm

Tajarin con burro e salvia at Spinasse.

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#36 Post by Albert R » September 3rd, 2019, 6:35 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 3:40 am
Ken Strauss wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Tuna sashimi pizza
Cafe Maxx Pompano Beach Florida
Also Pompano,
The cracked conch at the wee humble Fish Shack
I need to get to Pompano Beach more often! Sounds awesome!
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#37 Post by Mark Y » September 3rd, 2019, 10:54 pm

Maple syrup filled foie gras from 11MP

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#38 Post by mark rudner » September 4th, 2019, 8:25 am

Albert R wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 6:35 pm
Scott Brunson wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 3:40 am
Ken Strauss wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Tuna sashimi pizza
Cafe Maxx Pompano Beach Florida
Also Pompano,
The cracked conch at the wee humble Fish Shack
I need to get to Pompano Beach more often! Sounds awesome!
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#39 Post by J a y H a c k » September 4th, 2019, 2:18 pm

NED VALOIS wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 9:37 pm
J a y H a c k wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Rugalach - my mother's house.
Potato knishes with home stretched dough you could read through - my mother's house.
Pickled tongue in raisin sauce - my mother's house.
"Corned" stuffed breast of veal - my mother's house.

Sorry, she passed away almost exactly a year ago
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You obviously have never been to a Berserkerfest at my house. However, I have never made home made knishes with hand stretched dough. It takes way more patience than I have. She must have spent an hour just stretching to, walking around and around a table with a linen table cloth and the dough gradually stretched on top of it.
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#40 Post by NED VALOIS » September 4th, 2019, 6:54 pm

And who's fault is that !
What am I , chicken liver ??? [snort.gif]

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#41 Post by J a y H a c k » September 4th, 2019, 6:58 pm

NED VALOIS wrote:
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And who's fault is that !
What am I , chicken liver ??? [snort.gif]
You need to brush up on those reading skills. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=159750
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#42 Post by NED VALOIS » September 4th, 2019, 7:08 pm

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