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Robot Restaurant Tokyo…

Yes my friends this place exists and it is hands down the weirdest, most confusing and awesome show/experience you will ever see; to quote Bourdain, “it is the most fabulous show on earth”! Dancing robots, fighting robots, fighting plush panda bears riding cows, dancing girls, glow sticks, popcorn, and cheap beer. If this sounds like…

Good lord

Da Dong – Roast Duck Supremacy in Beijing

Tender meat encased in glistening, crispy skin carved elegantly table side by a chef in a dust mask…welcome to Beijing! This is what I was treated to on a recent trip to China, and the mask, while a little unnerving is completely acceptable if you’ve spent any time in Beijing; see horrible pollution and thick…

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Lusca – The Big Sister

Nhan Le and Angus Brown have officially stepped into the mainstream with the opening of Lusca in Buckhead; no more waiting until 10:30 at night, and venturing to East Atlanta, to sample their creative and delicious offerings. For fan’s of their aforementioned Octopus bar, this provides a more approachable, albeit pricier, alternative. Their menu features…

Hamachi Crudo

The Pig & The Pearl – Smoke & Finesse

I will admit that I was skeptical about a raw bar/BBQ concept having success, as these two specialties require different skill sets and at first glance don’t seem to compliment each other. I will also admit that I was completely wrong and that The Pig & The Pearl appear to have gotten it right. They…

Assorted tacos

Bar Taco – Yankee Tacos on the Westside

The Bar Taco craze moved south a few months back and set up shop near Bocado on the west side of town. Mainly located in the Connecticut area, Bartaco is selling more of a lifestyle than just a style of food; think toes in the sand,  a drink in your hand and waves lapping at your feet.…

Smoked bluefish pate with hardtack crackers

Puritan & Co. – Boston (Cambridge)

If you follow the restaurant scene in Boston, it’s hard to miss the explosion of new, high quality spots just across the river in Cambridge. It’s no longer just for fancy academics, wannabe start-ups and trust fund babies…see Alden& Harlow. Puritan & Co. is another great spot serving up modern American fare with a nod…

Final dish - watch out Blais!

Molecular Gastronomy 101

In certain circles molecular gastronomy is a four letter word; form over substance they say…too fussy. For the most part I agree, but when a chef can make the meal fun, challenge and entertain you, and the food tastes good, the experience can be magical (see the former El Bulli, Tickets, Alder and even the…

Braised lamb and blackened shrimp tacos

Red Pepper Taqueria – Tasty Tacos

The proliferation of taco joints in Atlanta over the past few years has been largely disappointing and devoid of much creativity or originality. Since branching out to Buckhead in the old La Forchette location, Red Pepper has received several accolades and recommendations from the media and my followers alike. Being the skeptic I am, I decided…

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Girl & The Goat – Chicago

On my latest jaunt to Chicago I popped into the wildly successful Girl and the Goat, which is just west of the river in an area I would equate to West Midtown. They take reservations so try and book far in advance for a prime time slot or try and get lucky (tisk,tisk) at the…

Fritters

Negril Village – Confusion Abounds

Atlanta has some really good Caribbean spots (see Tasa Roti Shop), but Negril Village is not one of them. To be fair, the food was pretty good; nice spice on the jerk chicken and pretty solid conch fritters, but at price points approaching the obscene I have to balk. $12 for 1/4 a chicken and…