Dang. I know it’s already March 2012. But here’s what I really liked in 2011.
Barzola’s Seafood Soup: Amazing creamy broth and I like the Ecuadorian Disco Diner look.
Stir It Up’s Jerk Chicken: This and their homemade Ginger Beer were very yummy.
Rock Shop: Some of the best food at a rock club venue in NYC. Burgers, Fries and Wings. Performing bands get 50% off!
Brooklyn Taco Company: I was skeptical of the hipster tacos and that their name had “Brooklyn” in it …but it was really really good. I feel like I opened up my mind in 2011.
Kiflu’s African Food Truck: I wish this Financial District truck was in my work area.
Tappo Thin Crust Pizza: Good lunch special deal. Also good Happy Hour specials (although that’s usually before I get out of work).
Matouk’s Calypso Sauce: “Caribbean thick hot sauce. Sweet and super spicy.”
The Islands’ Jerk Chicken: I love Jerk!
Rafiqi’s Halal Street Cart (on 6th Ave & 20th St): This makes the list, because I ate so much of it in 2011. This particular Rafiq’s taste better than most other Rafiqi’s carts I’ve tried. However, lately it’s been more hit or miss. I do like the Philly Cheese Beef platter. Get your food with the Green Sauce!
De Hot Pot’s Doubles: Curried chickpeas between roti bread “…whatever sauces the guy put on it was amazing. A small little packet full of flavor.”
Lodge General Store’s Couchsachraga Sandwich: It doesn’t look like anything special, but it was quite a perfectly crafted sandwich. “I brought it back to my friends and offered them some, but secretly I wanted it all to myself.”
Corner Star Corner’s True Grit: I made the sandwich poster for them. I was surprisingly impressed how good it was. I think they were too. I mean the sandwich. But I guess the poster too.
SCRATCHbread sandwich: “Crunchy bits of roast pork and skin. Greasy as hell, but I think that was the bread that was making my fingers oily.”
Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans: The biggest can of baked beans I’ve ever seen. It was cool to chill with some bros and thrown this on top of a fire. …Later, I did find a 7-pound can and threw it on a fire!
Wall Street Bath & Spa88′s Pelmeni dumplings: These are delicious if you’re drunk and happen to walk into a downtown Russian spa.
Jimmy’s Diner’s Fried Chicken & Waffles: All you gotta do is look at this photo.
Lokal’s Pan Roasted Cod with Mashed Potatoes: “Oh My Cod!” –Janet
The Brooklyn Star’s Fried Pork Chop: “Huge. I didn’t know a pork chop could be so big.”
Jamaican Dutchy’s Cow Foot Stew: “…mostly gelatinous gloopy gloppy tendon and skin …It was good.”
Shonali’s Parents made us Indian food (Nashville): Home-cooking …made from a real home!
Eats (Atlanta): I went here because the cute girl at the hotel front desk suggested it.
Cafe Soul’s $1.99 Pork Chop Sandwich (Skippers, VA): “It was bigger than my face.”
Mulholland’s Late Night Sandwich: “Dang this was tasty mess of a sandwich.”
St. Anselm’s Lamb Saddle: “Having a bite on the fatty end was some of the best meat I’ve ever put in my mouth.”
Oyster Roast at the Food Film Festival: This was amazing. Some of the best oysters I’ve ever had. The Food Film Festivals is actually calling for entries this year. Check it out if you got something cool to show.
Sik Gaek Korean Restaurant: I need to go back for the live octopus and moving lobster cut in half.
The Shamrock Club’s Italian Beef Sandwich (Chicago): I assume there’s better places to get an Italian Beef Sandwich, but this was the best thing I ate in Chicago.
After looking over the past year, there was a ton of awesome stuff that didn’t make this huge ass list. I see I did have a lot of fun. Sometimes I forget. I’m very grateful to have shared it with you guys.
David Dondero: “The Steak and Eggs at the Dixie Grill in Wilmington. They get the top prize for best breakfast i’ve had. I thought they were tied with the Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska but the Roadhouse blew it by not serving their famous sour dough pancakes on weekdays. It’s pancake batter.. you gotta make that shit everyday if it’s the best thing you got. They don’t so i give my best to the Dixie Grill. They make the steak and eggs every day. No questions.”
Tio Wally: “It would have to be Nona Mia in Asheville, North Carolina because the food is just so damn awesome. Moreover, it’s a really comfortable place to eat … or just be. Great food, great service, great, great place.”