|Chris Shepard of Underbelly|
|El Claustro Lobster Salad|
|SeaBass in Granada|
This year was a pretty great eating year! I went to a lot of different cities globally and was able to write up 20+ restaurants. It also showed up on my waist where I gained another 1/2 inch. I went to several countries this year and well over a dozen different cities and have chosen 'the best' to share with you. It is important to note that I started using the James Beard Annual Nominee List
to help guide me in restaurant selection the US.
|Melt in your mouth Waygu|
My nominees for best Restaurant are Underbelly in Houston
, Animal in Los Angeles
, Empellon Cocina in New York City
and Incanto in San Francisco
. They were all good but my favorite was Chris Shepard's Underbelly. I can still recall the tastes of the food and Beef that literally melted in my mouth. Chris was also the most engaging of any chef this year and I will bet we will see more on a national scene.
My favorite International Restaurants were Havis in Helsinki
and El Claustro in Granada
; both were of great quality but El Claustro was my favorite because of the creativity, tastes, venue and the company I was with, my wife.