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The 50 best restaurants

The S. Pellegrino list of the top 50 restaurants in the world has been released.

And hqiz, I haven't eaten at a single one of them. Probably couldn't afford to.

The List

On the other hand, I have my own list of favorites. Decidedly less highbrow, but good, good eating. Here's the top 11. (I added one more since I originally posted this, and please note that with the exception of my No. 1, they are not in order.)

1. Piccolo Angolo, 621 Jane Street, New York City, NY
2. Tommy's Joynt, San Francisco, CA
3. Sabella & Latorre, San Francisco, CA
4. Phil's BBQ, San Diego, CA
5. Settebello, Salt Lake City, UT
6. Eleven 11 Grille, Fishkill, NY
7. The No Name Restaurant, Boston, MA
8. The Dish Cafe, Parkes, NSW, Australia
9. Antojito's, Westley, CA
10. The refectory of Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND
11. Cha Non Thai Cafe, Salt Lake City, UT

In Memoriam: Restaurants that are no longer with us, but worthy of profound reverence for one reason or another:

1. Xochitl, New York City, NY
2. La Fonda Del Sol, New York City, NY
3. Mama Leone's, New York City, NY
4. The Proof of the Pudding, New York City, NY
5. Dër Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe, Salt Lake City, UT
6. Ristorante Della Fontana, Salt Lake City, UT
7. Snelgrove's Ice Cream Parlor, Salt Lake City, UT
8. The Tip Toe Inn, New York City, NY
9. Horn and Hardart Automats, New York City, NY
10. The Waverly Inn, Cheshire, CT

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Apr. 28th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Oh, No Name's! I ate there in 1976. The food was great -- the waitress was scary.

But "Dër Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe"? What was it like? With it having a name like that, I'm guessing it was just too idealistic and pure to survive in our cynical old world.

Edited at 2010-04-28 07:11 am (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
I went to Mama Leone's on a high school class trip to see "The Crucifer of Blood" with Paxton Whitehead a little over 30 years ago. Very good food, but I ended up paying more than my share because some other classmates paid less than their share. :/
Apr. 28th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
PDQ Bach wrote the 'Concerto for Horn and Hardart'.
Apr. 28th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Never heard of any of 'em. On your lists or theirs. Okay, it's possible I ate at some of those NYC or SF restaurants as a kid and forgot their names.

Not surprised to see a lot of French (or France-evoking) names. Alas, French cuisine never stood out to me, even when we went to France and my parents loved it. Maybe I was too biased. But it looks like you don't love it either.

"The French Laundry"? No wonder it dropped 20 points. Even if the food were good, I'd think of eating, well, you know.


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