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    Post #1 - January 2nd, 2018, 2:52 pm
    Post #1 - January 2nd, 2018, 2:52 pm Post #1 - January 2nd, 2018, 2:52 pm
    I thought last year's thread was really fun and useful, and I mined the posts for many places to try. Anyone have a list of their local restaurant/bar highlights from 2017?

    =R=
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  • Post #2 - January 2nd, 2018, 3:23 pm
    Post #2 - January 2nd, 2018, 3:23 pm Post #2 - January 2nd, 2018, 3:23 pm
    I've gotten into the habit of ranking all the restaurants I eat at. Here's my 2017 top 10

    Alo - Toronto
    Raku - Las Vegas
    Monteverde
    Oiji - NYC
    Dancen
    Nico Osteria (Prune takeover)
    Morel - Milwaukee
    Uncle Boons - NYC
    Fat Rice
    Cafe Marie Jeanne
  • Post #3 - January 2nd, 2018, 6:47 pm
    Post #3 - January 2nd, 2018, 6:47 pm Post #3 - January 2nd, 2018, 6:47 pm
    These were my best of the year. All were very good, but furthermore, in each category, the one I've ranked number one (in bold) absolutely blew me away!

    Chicago-area lunch/brunch:
    1. North Pond
    2. Shaw's Crab House
    3. Crosby's Kitchen
    4. RPM Steak
    5. GT Fish & Oyster

    Chicago-area dinner:
    1. Next (World's 50 Best)
    2. Oriole
    3. City Mouse
    4. Giant
    5. Band of Bohemia
    6. Ruxbin
    7. Inovasi
    8. GT Prime
    9. Remington's
    10(t). Campagnola
    10(t). Libertad

    Out of town lunch/brunch:
    1. Le Diplomate, Washington
    2. Jill's in the St. Julien, Boulder
    3. Nate 'n Al's, Beverly Hills
    4. Blue Point Grille, Cleveland
    5. Bette's Oceanview Diner, Berkeley

    Out of town dinner:
    1. The Modern, New York City
    2. Sanford, Milwaukee
    3. Daniel, New York City
    4. Lola, Cleveland
    5. Kinship, Washington
    6. Suwanee, Kearney Nebraska
    7. Baker Street, Fort Wayne
    8. Plume, Washington
    9. E.P. Asian House, Los Angeles
    10. Third Coast Provisions, Milwaukee
  • Post #4 - January 2nd, 2018, 9:04 pm
    Post #4 - January 2nd, 2018, 9:04 pm Post #4 - January 2nd, 2018, 9:04 pm
    In town, we were wowed this year by Oriole, Proxi, Kai-Zan, and Monteverde.

    Out of town, we had incredible food at Blackberry Farm.

    At home, we impressed ourselves with a whole goat we roasted for 40, a whole pig we did for 80, and a really fun poké night for 12.
  • Post #5 - January 3rd, 2018, 9:19 am
    Post #5 - January 3rd, 2018, 9:19 am Post #5 - January 3rd, 2018, 9:19 am
    Working backwards (through my posts):

    Christmas Eve at Chengdu Impression: we had a huge feast that barely scratched the menu, but for me the highlight was Pork Belly with Black Fermented Leaf. Rich, tender, not too sweet, not to five-spiced -- a perfect balance.

    Boston Fish Market continues to make every meal special (and enormous) -- a birthday dinner of an enormous platter of fried calamari and shrimp was wonderful. I think they need a special award for best table service for a counter-order restaurant.

    Iliana Regan knocks it out of the park again and again - a meal at Kitsune was more than just interpreted Japanese; Alice in Wonderland at Elizabeth combined flavors and textures in amazing ways... but if she did nothing but bread and mushroom tea out of a food truck she would still be one of Chicago's gems.

    Route 66 was a parade of pretty-good-but-not-amazing burgers, fried foods, and sweets, but the best memories are of the huge platters of foods (and more pass-arounds) at Lambert's outside Springfield MO, and eggs benedict with brisket and red chile hollandaise at the Teahouse in Santa Fe. Oh, and a special shout-out to the Slammer at the Hickory Hut in Salinas, KS.

    Perfect pasta everywhere in Rome and Naples (even at a cafe outside the train station), but L'Asino D'Oro is a gem among gems, especially the cinghiale (wild boar) with cocoa, rosemary and pine nuts.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #6 - January 3rd, 2018, 10:33 am
    Post #6 - January 3rd, 2018, 10:33 am Post #6 - January 3rd, 2018, 10:33 am
    Can't resist a list!

    All categories listed chronologically–

    City:

    Pho dac biet- Pho 5 Lua
    Lamb fahsa- Mandi Noor
    Injera, lentils, beef & potato wot- Tesfa
    Shish kabob sandwich- Mr. D's
    Pork chop baked rice- Fat Rice
    Italian beef, fries- CaPo's
    Frontier chicken, naan, bhindi, haleem, goat stew- Pakeeza
    Pomodoro & Mortadella bianca slices– Bonci
    Roasted pig feet w peanuts, wonton in broth, & soft tofu in chili oil- A Place by Damao
    Chicken katsu, Aloha pork- Aloha Wagon
    Mohinga, tea leaf salad, noodle salad, chicken satay- Family House
    Flip burger- Flip
    Porchetta sandwich- Marisol

    Burbs:

    Lao sausage, som tum, beef lap- White Pearl, Elgin
    Banh mi chicken burger- Fareways Grill (Cantigny), Wheaton
    Edomae tendon tempura- Hannosuke (Mitsuwa)
    Asada quesadilla- Pollo Vagabundo
    Kifta kebab sandwich- Naf Naf, Naperville
    Spicy chicken ramyun- hanbun
    Tacos de cecina- La Quebrada, Cicero
    Italian beef pretzel- Gnarly Knots, Winfield
    Filipino ribs (sizzling pork)- vendor Kane County Flea Market
    Inahaw na liempo, chicken inasal- Hong Ning, Carol Stream
    Pepperoni & mushroom pie- Barnaby's of Northbrook

    Elsewhere:

    Pork 'n beans, brisket– Greenbush, Sawyer, MI
    Goat roti- Mona's Roti, Toronto
    Star burger- Shooting Star, Huntsville, UT
  • Post #7 - January 17th, 2018, 11:33 am
    Post #7 - January 17th, 2018, 11:33 am Post #7 - January 17th, 2018, 11:33 am
    My list was made a bit early and does not include the last couple weeks of 2017 which I spent in SE Asia leading up and into the New Year. I'll just have to include the best of that trip in my 2018 round-up. In the meantime here's my 'best of 2017' with a small rule being only one or two things from each trip taken. Lot's of good stuff left off but these are the items I most often think about. Feel free to click HERE for pics etc. Happy New Year.

    Best of Chicagoland

    Dry Chili Fish Filet at New China Station
    Texas Chili Mac at The Texican
    Thai Egg Creme Soda at Spinning J
    Yukon Fries at Roister
    Huevos Motuleños at Con Huevos
    Stracci at Daisies
    Hot Tamales at The Delta
    Beef Empanadas at ArePA George
    Beef Shawarma at Roxy Kabab (now closed)
    Pizza al Taglio at Bonci
    Cevapi at Balkan Grill Company
    Korean Wings at Sol's on Sheridan

    Best of Beyond Chicagoland

    Pastrami Platter at Pieous (Austin, TX)
    Mexican Donburi at Arroces Del Babyface (Mexico City)
    Tete Roulee Pistachee at Reynon (Lyon, France)
    Japanese Beef Curry Donburi at Red Light Ramen (Milwaukee, WI)
    Unagi Donburi at Donburi (Washington DC)
    Soba Noodles with Duck at Abri Soba (Paris, France)
    Huevos Rancheros at Con Huevos (Louisville, KY)
    Wiener Schnitzel at Buja Disznók (Budapest, Hungary)
    Frites at Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx (Amsterdam)

    Best Tacos

    Carne Guisada Taco at Taco-Mex (Austin, TX)
    Ricos Taco de Mixiote at the Tianguis Condesa Market (Mexico City)
    Tacos de Canasta at Los Especialas (Mexico City)
    Taco de Surtido at Los Cocuyos (Mexico City)
    Taco Arabe at El Taco Azteca (Chicago, IL)
    Potato Taco at The Laughing Taco (Milwaukee, WI)
    Taco Campechano at Mi Tocaya (Chicago, IL)
    Lamb Tacos at Nixta (St. Louis, MO)

    Best Burgers

    Original Cheeseburger at P. Terry's (Austin, TX)
    Bad Wolf Burger at Little Bad Wolf (Chicago, IL)
    Double Cheeseburger at Basil's II (Denmark, WI)
    Cheeseburger at Joe Rouer's Bar (Luxemburg, WI)
    Double Cheeseburger at Mac's Local Eats (St. Louis, MO)

    Best Sandwiches

    Carne Asada Torta at Torta Haus (Chicago, IL)
    Hot Salami Sandwich at Gioia's Deli (St. Louis, MO)
    Lamb Skewer Sandwich at Urfa Durum (Paris, France)
    Steak Sandwich (w/ cheese) at Bia's Cafe Marianao (Chicago, IL)
    Meatloaf Sandwich at The Grand Sandwich Stand (Chicago, IL)
    Meatball Sandwich at MozzaPi (Louisville, KY)
    Torpedo Sandwiches at Bors Gasztrobar (Budapest, Hungary)
    Broodje at Broodjeszaak 't Kuyltje (Amsterdam)

    Best Meals of 2017

    Barbacoa Spread at El Hidalguense (Mexico City)
    Lunch at Takao Takano (Lyon, France)
    Lunch at Hanbun (Westmont, IL)
    Dinner at HaiSous (Chicago, IL)
    Dinner at Rose's Luxury (Washington DC)
    Lunch at Clamato (Paris, France)
    Dinner at Borkonyha Winekitchen (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Post #8 - January 17th, 2018, 5:39 pm
    Post #8 - January 17th, 2018, 5:39 pm Post #8 - January 17th, 2018, 5:39 pm
    Joe Rouer's - Duvall, Wi
    Zaffiro's - Milwaukee
    Crazy Water - Milwaukee
    Laughing Taco - Milwaukee
    Tomken's - West Allis
    Tofte's Table - Waukesha
    Ishnalla Supper Club -Wis Dells
    Five O'clock Steakhouse - Milwaukee
    Mr. B's Steakhouse - Brookfield, Wi
    Johnny Manhattans - Richfield, Wi
  • Post #9 - January 17th, 2018, 6:06 pm
    Post #9 - January 17th, 2018, 6:06 pm Post #9 - January 17th, 2018, 6:06 pm
    Roughly chronological:

    Chicago
    Chickenjoy - Jollibee
    Special kung pao chicken, cumin lamb - New China Station
    Double cheeseburger - Redhot Ranch
    Prosciutto plate, salt-crusted whole branzino - Nico Osteria
    Baked pork chop rice - Fat Rice
    Aged cheddar rillettes, whole chicken & chamomile, Yukon fries - Roister
    Pork cutlet, frogs legs, cod nuggets, hush puppies - Troha's Chicken & Shrimp
    JBL Special - Lem's BBQ
    Fried chicken sandwich - Big Jones

    Boston
    Aged beef tartare, gnocchi with caviar, pastrami smoked salmon - Saltie Girl

    Tokyo
    House special tsukemen -Fu-unji
    Egg salad sandwich - Lawson
    Okita Kurobuta tonkatsu set - Maisen Tokyu Toyoko
    Sayonara soup - Sasamoto, Omoide Yokocho
    Tonkatsu curry - Curry House 11 Imasa
    Paitan ramen - Kagari
    Bake cheese tart - Bake Cheese Tart

    Kyoto
    Sukiyaki - Negiya Heikichi
    Inarizushi, sabazushi (pickled mackerel), hakozushi (grilled pike eel), makizushi (shittake mushroom, kanpyo [gourd], Mitsuba [Japanese wild parsley], omelet), hamo (pike eel) - Izuju
    Tsukemen with hoso (beef small intestine) - Wajoryomen Sugari

    Osaka
    Pork and beef okonomiyaki -Ajinoya
    Kushikatsu set (cheese, tsukune, fish sausage with cheese, sweet potato, rice cake, beef, tonkatsu, shrimp, asparagus, sausage, karaage, and quail eggs) - Ganso Skewers Daruma
    Toro (fatty tuna) x3, sake (salmon), ikura (salmon roe), tekka (tuna roll), hamachi (yellow tail), tai (sea bream) x2, anage (sea eel), tamago (omelet), sayori (halfbeak), tachiuo (hairtail) - Endo Sushi
    Melon pan ice cream sandwich - Melon pan ice cream truck

    2017 was a dope eating year
    Last edited by gnarchief on January 18th, 2018, 7:48 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #10 - January 17th, 2018, 11:41 pm
    Post #10 - January 17th, 2018, 11:41 pm Post #10 - January 17th, 2018, 11:41 pm
    gnarchief wrote:Roughly chronological:

    Chicago
    Chickenjoy - Jollibee
    Special kung pao chicken, cumin lamb - New China Station
    Double cheeseburger - Redhot Ranch
    Prosciutto plate, salt-crusted whole branzino - Nico Osteria
    Baked pork chop rice - Fat Rice
    Aged cheddar rillettes, whole chicken & chamomile, Yukon fries - Roister
    Pork cutlet, frogs legs, cod nuggets, hush puppies - Troha's Chicken & Shrimp
    JBL Special - Lem's BBQ
    Fried chicken sandwich - Big Jones

    Tokyo
    House special tsukemen -Fu-unji
    Egg salad sandwich - Lawson
    Okita Kurobuta tonkatsu set - Maisen Tokyu Toyoko
    Sayonara soup - Sasamoto, Omoide Yokocho
    Tonkatsu curry - Curry House 11 Imasa
    Paitan ramen - Kagari
    Bake cheese tart - Bake Cheese Tart

    Kyoto
    Sukiyaki - Negiya Heikichi
    Inarizushi, sabazushi (pickled mackerel), hakozushi (grilled pike eel), makizushi (shittake mushroom, kanpyo [gourd], Mitsuba [Japanese wild parsley], omelet), hamo (pike eel) - Izuju
    Tsukemen with hoso (beef small intestine) - Wajoryomen Sugari

    Osaka
    Pork and beef okonomiyaki -Ajinoya
    Kushikatsu set (cheese, tsukune, fish sausage with cheese, sweet potato, rice cake, beef, tonkatsu, shrimp, asparagus, sausage, karaage, and quail eggs) - Ganso Skewers Daruma
    Toro (fatty tuna) x3, sake (salmon), ikura (salmon roe), tekka (tuna roll), hamachi (yellow tail), tai (sea bream) x2, anage (sea eel), tamago (omelet), sayori (halfbeak), tachiuo (hairtail) - Endo Sushi
    Melon pan ice cream sandwich - Melon pan ice cream truck

    2017 was a dope eating year


    Fuunji was so damn good and I crave it all the time. Want to go back to Tokyo soon!!

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