Final dish

Cured Salmon w/ Togarashi Salmon Skin

I have been on a serious salmon kick lately, but only at home. I find most restaurants tend to overcook it or over season it. This is a quick cure recipe I adapted a few weeks back…30 minutes max…and it’s really tasty and impressive to guests, but it is spicy so be warned. Ingredients 1/2…

Warm glow of the Little Park menu

Little Park NYC – Seasonal Gem

Another gem from Chef Andrew Carmellini; Little Park highlights seasonal ingredients in a wide variety of playful dishes, including several vegetable plates that are absolute stunners. Set to the left of the lobby of the new Symth Hotel in Tribeca, Little Park is a great addition to the neighborhood. The menu is separated into five…

View from one of the back wall crescent booths

Restaurant Eugene – Still the Best Game in Town

For fine dining in Atlanta there’s Restaurant Eugene, and then there’s everything else…which is less than three spots. Chef Linton Hopkins has maintained the highest level of service, food quality and ambiance at this quaint Buckhead location for over 10 years, and they continue to stay relevant and receive national recognition. When people ask for…

Baby squid

Racous Sushi – Dojo NYC

The traditional Japanese sushi experience: quiet, peaceful, enlightening, introspective…boring some might say? It’s not for everyone, but the atmosphere at Sushi Dojo, in New York’s’ Lower East Side, is anything but quiet and restrained.  A constant beat of custom 80’s and 90’s hip hop mash ups, including some soul and funk await, and the sushi…

Main dining area

Cherche Midi – Parisian Elegance in the Bowrey

Keith McNally’s new French bistro in Nolita is absolutely beautiful; a throwback even: bright, airy and complete with large antique mirrors. Cherche Midi also serves up some really solid old school bistro food cooked to perfection; seared foie gras, flash fried frog legs, steak tartare and a prime rib sandwich that’s among the best out…

Classic Parisian steak tatare, mad w/ Kobe beef

Gun Show – Still Compelling

As I recently proclaimed via Twitter, Gun Show is still the most exciting restaurant in Atlanta. I eat out a lot; both in Atlanta and on the road, and few, if any, restaurants have the entire package that Gunshow brings to the table. The atmosphere, the diversity of the food, the theater of dim sum…

Shan City Shrimp

Old Standbys – Tasty China

As most people who are frequent readers of this site know, I absolutely love Tasty China and am really excited to see what they do at Ponce City Market. A lot of people ask me what to order, and I usually respond with about ten dishes. Obviously if you have a large group this works,…

Ikura - beautiful and bursting with flavor; like pop rocks for adults!

“Cheap” High Quality Sushi? Sushi Huku

Is this even possible? Most cheap sushi is low quality and usually consists of salmon, crab with K, tuna and maybe an average tamago. Once you enter the realm of an omakse meal (chef’s choice of various items including some cooked) the notion of affordability quickly flies out the window. My friends, I have found…

Traditional pad Thai w/ grass fed beef

L’Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar…

The name alone probably confuses most would be patrons, and judging by the sparse crowds at the West Village location (Smyrna), it does. I have been to this location (they have another in Tucker) at least ten times over the past several years, and every time, lunch or dinner, it’s dead…which is sad because the…