Sunday Dreams: Restaurants

I see a lot of talk about life lift this and 30 by 30 that and whenever I try and make a list like that it ends up revolving almost entirely around food, so I thought I’d make a list of resturants I would like to eat at someday and a few that got away. Except for the first, this isn’t really in any particular order and is by no means definitive. I’m not laminating this list.

  1. The French Laundry (Yountville, CA) Eating here is the first thing on every goal list I ever make. It is ridiculous that I haven’t eaten here yet. There’s a wait for reservations, but not impossible and it’s only 400 miles away. Maybe my sister moving back to Northern California will give me the impetus I need to get there.  And as for why – I’m not sure. I feel like it must be the stuff dreams are made of and it’s the main reason I was thisclose to attending culinary school.
  2. wd~50 (NYC) I think this one is an obession born out of either Bon Appetit or Food & Wine Magazine. The chef, Wiley Dufresne, was doing things with American cuisine I had never seen before. Molecular gastronomy? Huh? Then he had a few appearences on Top Chef/Masters and I thought he was great.
  3. Slanted Door (San Francisco) Quite simply supposed to be the epitome of modern Vietnamese cuisine and it’s in the Ferry Building. Win-Win
  4. Voodoo Doughnut (Portland)/Doughnut Plant (NYC) – This is an obsession born of the food/travel channel. I want to try weird and fancy doughnuts dammit.
  5. Magnolia Bakery (NYC) Might as well try the cupcakes that started this epic cupcake craze. And I keep hearing about some cookie – the momofuku compost cookie – someone tell me about this cookie. Should that replace Magnolia?

There are a ton of other chefs/resturants I would love to try: Gramercy Tavern, Blue Ginger, Trader Vics, VOLT, Frontera Grill, Mystic Pizza, Commander’s Palace, Alinea and supposedly the Paris Coffee Shop in Fort Worth has the best chicken fried steak in America. How can I skip that? Also, there are regional specialties I would like to try locally, cubanos, bbq, deep dish pizza. Clearly I watch too many travel channel food shows. That is also why attending the Minnesota State Fair is on my list.

Wow. Now I’m starving and exhausted. Do you have any dream restaurants? Feel free to weigh in and tell my dreams suck. But not French Laundry. I simply won’t listen.

 

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15 Responses to “Sunday Dreams: Restaurants”

  1. Cole says:

    Uncle Matt went to wd50 fairly recently and was disappointed – it was on his girlfriend’s “list” and she was unimpressed, too. And now I want to make a trip into the city and get a Magnolia cupcake – yum!!

    If you ever have time on a trip to NYC, you should take the Top Chef tour – totally fun walking tour with a LOT of generously sized samples.

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    Suzanne Reply:

    Top Chef Tour WHAT???? Sign me up. Right now. I mean it.

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    Cole Reply:

    http://www.cityfoodtours.com/newyork/in-the-steps-of-a-top-chef.html If you follow them on Twitter, sometimes they offer discounted tickets, but Mommy took Daddy and Uncle Matt for their birthdays and it was totally worth full price. Grammy Boo & Coach went on their recommendation, and they loved it too!

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    Amy Reply:

    You want to try and go in August?

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    Suzanne Reply:

    I saw we make the Doughnut Plant and Magnolia Bakery happen in August. Although the last time I was in NYC I laughed at the idiots standing in line at Magnolia. There’s a cupcake place in Chelsea Market that is super delicious and you DON’T have to wait an hour.

    I haven’t had a momofuku cookie, but a friend mailed me a momofuku crack pie after I had Caroline and it almost killed me with deliciousness.

    p.s. I GO TO MYSTIC PIZZA AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH. COME VISIT.

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    Amy Reply:

    I know you were going to say something about Mystic Pizza, but it’s been on my list since the movie, so I felt compelled to include it. And Doughnut Plant isn’t far from the hotel I don’t think. It’s in the Chelsea Hotel, I think.

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    Cole Reply:

    The line moves really quickly – BUT they opened a Magnolia Bakery in Grand Central Station (also a tourist destination in itself) and that one has hardly any line.

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    Amy Reply:

    That’s disappointing about wd50, but maybe it’s just past it’s prime. That can happen when a chef starts doing other stuff. Maybe I need to find another restaurant to swap in for molecular gastronomy like minibar. That’s cool about the Top Chef tour. I’m going to look in to it for August.

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  2. Misty says:

    Imagine my extreme shock to see two of the places I have been… the slanted door AND voo doo. both well worth the visit, for sure…

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  4. ALL THE FOOD IN AUGUST. Let’s make it happen. Please.

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  5. Eileen says:

    French Laundry is the top of my list too. I got the cookbook for Christmas. I’ll never pull any of it off and I think I’m a decent cook.

    I’d love to tag along any food tours in NY in August. And if you want to go the The Slanted Door I’ll go anytime!

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    Amy Reply:

    I’m going to try and figure out a way to do FL for my 40th. We might have to make a SF/Slanted Door date, especially after my sister moves up there…

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    Maehem (TMae) Reply:

    I will fly to SF to eat with you all. TELL ME WHEN.

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  6. Jennifer says:

    Cool list!! Have you ever posted your 30 by 30? I’d love to read it. Other people’s bucket lists fascinate me. I’m a dork like that. :)

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