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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

ChickenShack at SHAKE SHACKThis was the year of the fried chicken sandwich. People waited in line for David Chang’s version at Fuku, barbecue restaurants started frying up fowl, and Shake Shack introduced a brand new non-burger item. The ChickenShack is only available at their Brooklyn locations and is a golden fried breast that is juicy and seasoned perfectly. It’s served on a buttered Martin potato bun and topped with buttermilk herb mayo. It’s an excellent alternative to the chain’s overly popular burgers. Price: $6.29

SHAKE SHACK
409 Fulton Street (between Willoughby and Adams Street),
Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn
(718) 307-7590
1 Old Fulton Street (at Water Street),
Dumbo, Brooklyn
(347) 435-2676
170 Flatbush Avenue (between 5th and 4th Avenue),
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
(347) 442-7721
shakeshack.com

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

RIPPERS, 8601 Shore Front Parkway (on Boardwalk at Beach 86th Street), Rockaway, Queens

I went out to the Rockaways a few years ago to try the burgeoning (read: hipster) food scene way out on the beaches of Queens. One of the most talked about places is Rippers which sits right on the recently re-opened boardwalk selling burgers, juices, and hot dogs. I was so excited to try it but when I arrived the Department of Health was conducting their annual inspection and the restaurant decided to stop selling food and give their full attention to the inspector.

Is Everyone Wearing Gloves?

Don’t get me started on how asinine it is for the Department of Health to come and inspect a restaurant business that is not running their normal business. Isn’t the point to make sure the restaurant is sanitary when they are actually serving food? I was also quite upset that I had made the 90 minute trek to try the food and no food was available.

This year I returned to the Rockaways for another day of sun, fun, and food. Rippers was thankfully going at full speed and I had a chance to finally taste their hot dogs and burgers.

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Category: Hot Dogs

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York CityMANOUSHEH, 193 Bleecker Street (between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street), Greenwich VillageEast of Sixth Avenue, Bleecker Street is where restaurants go to die. With the abundance of college students and tourists coming through here, you’d think this stretch of Greenwich Village would be prime real estate to open a food business. But unfortunately very few of the fast-casual concepts survive. Since I’ve lived in New York, I have seen more turnover on this street than anywhere else.

So when I saw a new place called Manousheh recently open on this block, I didn’t pay it much attention. I figured it would last a few months and then something else would come and replace it. Except this time I tasted the food. And if everybody else does too, I think it will be here for a long time.

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I bring my sense of food adventure with me on the road, searching for the most authentic, iconic, and delicious dishes of a different region…

Iowa

When I told people I was going to Iowa for a few days, I always got these strange looks and the question was posed: “Why?” Well the answer to me was simple. I had never been to Iowa before. Which really meant there was iconic Iowan food I had never tasted before.

Sure, the state does seem to be all cornfields, but there are more local specialities than you would imagine. And I tasted as many as I could in the two days I spent driving through the state.

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Category: Travel

I bring my sense of food adventure with me on the road, searching for the most authentic, iconic, and delicious dishes of a different region…

Eat This Vermont

I never thought I’d say this, but if I didn’t live in New York City, I might move to Vermont. I’m sure my excitement and high from my recent trip will subside, but I was amazed at how serious the food is up in this tiny little state. Although it’s the second least populated state in the country, it might be the biggest when it comes to small businesses making thoughtful and delicious food.

We visited some incredible restaurants, forward thinking farms, and shops. All had the same agenda: produce and consume locally. The locavore movement really may have started here, long before it was the hip thing to do. This was the specialty here in Vermont more than any one dish. But I did manage to find some dishes that I wanted to explore and most were better than expected.

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Category: Ice Cream, Travel

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