It has been a long year, but the weeks on the road have paid gastronomic dividends. Gems uncovered, old standards revisited, experiments gone bad. Congratulations to this year’s winners.
Fresh Trout Luncheon Special, Mac’s Old House, Antioch CA – Nothing beats fresh delta fish for under $10. Cash only.
Falafel, Azuri Cafe, NYC
Cereal Milk, Momofuku’s Milk Bar, NYC
Cinnamon Roll, Stella’s Kitchen and Bakery, Billings MT
Potato Taco, Reyes Market, Carpinteria CA
Portos, Glendale/Burbank CA – Holds the record for most visits on a single day: 3.
Dotties True Blue Cafe, San Francisco CA
Cafe DeCamp, Billings MT
118 Degrees, Costa Mesa CA
Skillet, Seattle WA – For not being where it said it would be (For all that is great about the food cart, one must always be prepared for this inevitability: the missing cart.) I want my bacon jam!
Flavor of India, Santa Barbara CA
Loco Caliente Mexican Cantina, Brooks CA
Thai Elephant, Phoenix AZ
Chicken-N-Spice, Joliet IL
Best Food City
Philadelphia, PA – Perhaps the culinary tradition of their friendly neighbors to the north are rubbing off on the city of brotherly love. From continental fusion to Peruvian-Chinese fusion, Philly has found the perfect balance of old and new.
Grass Valley, CA
New York City, NY
Most Diverse Food Experience
10 nations in 5 days: South Bay, Bay Area, CA
Afghani/Pakistani – Khyber Pass
Malaysian – Banana Leaf
Armenian – The Armenian Gourmet
Japanese (Ramen) – Kahoo Ramen
Filipino – Clarita’s Filipino Cuisine
American (Italian) – A Slice of NY
Chinese (Dim Sum) – Joy Luck Palace
Indian (South) - Madras Cafe
Palestinian – Falafel’s Drive in
Thai – Thai Bounty
Best Restaurant Bathroom
Reza, Chicago IL http://www.rezasrestaurant.com/ – Note the double doors.
Best Firewall Names
Waffle and Pancake