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World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 List From San Pellegrino – brought to us by Eater National


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Happy Tuesday good foodie friends,

Here is another great list that I wanted to share with you brought to us by Eater.com Monday, April 29, 2013, by Paula Forbes
World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 List From San Pellegrino

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has been announced, and the big news is of course that Noma’s three year reign as the number one restaurant in the world has come to an end. That title now goes to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Noma holds tight at second, while third goes to Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana. For those of you playing along at home, the list that leaked earlier today was correct.

The United States went down from eight entries to six this year, losing Ssam Bar (#37 last year; David Chang isn’t even in London) and Manresa (#48 last year). However, Eleven Madison Park made major strides as the highest-ranked US restaurant, coming in at number five (up from 10 last year).

1. El Celler de Can Roca http://www.cellercanroca.com/PORTADA/intro.htm
Location: Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
Chef: Juan Roca
Rank Last Year: 2
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1986
Fun Fact: The restaurant is the work of the three Roca brothers. Joan is the head chef, his little brother Joseph is the sommelier, and the youngest of the brothers, Jordi is the pastry chef. The Rocas are coming out with a brand spanking new cookbook this year, and, oh yes, this is the first year their restaurant has taken that coveted number one slot.

2.Noma http://www.noma.dk/
Location: Copenhagen
Chef: René Redzepi
Rank Last Year: 1
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 2004

3. Osteria Francescana http://www.osteriafrancescana.it/
Location: Modena, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura
Rank Last Year: 5
Michelin Stars: Three
Year Established: 1995
4. Mugaritz http://www.mugaritz.com/
Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Chef: Andoni Aduriz
Rank Last Year: 3
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 1998
Fun Fact: When you sit down at Mugaritz, you have to choose between two experiences: “Submit Yourself” and “Rebel.”

5. Eleven Madison Park http://www.noma.dk/
Location: New York City,
Chef: Daniel Humm
Rank Last Year: 10
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1998

6.D.O.M. http://www.domrestaurante.com.br/
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chef: Alex Atala
Rank Last Year: 4
Michelin Star Rating: N/A
Year Established: 1999
Fun Fact: Atala used to be a DJ.

7.Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Location: London
Chef: Heston Blumenthal
Rank Last Year: 9
Michelin Star Rating: One
Year Established: 2011

8.Arzak http://www.arzak.info/ing/home.asp
Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Chef: Juan Mari Arzak
Rank Last Year: 8
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1897
Fun Fact: Arzak’s daughter Elena, who also cooks at Arzak, won the S. Pellegrino Best Female Chef award for 2012.

9.Steirereck Restaurant
Location: Vienna, Austria
Chef: Heinz Reitbauer
Rank Last Year: 11
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 1970

10. Vendôme
Location: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Chef: Joachim Wissler
Rank Last Year: 23
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 2000

11. Per Se, New York City, USA
12. Frantzén/Lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden
13. The Ledbury, London, UK
14. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
16. L’Arpège, Paris, France
17. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
18. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
19. Le Bernardin, New York City, USA
20. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
21. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
22. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
23. L’Astrance, Paris, France
24. L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France
25. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
26. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
27. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
28. Mirazur, Menton, France
29. Daniel, New York City, USA
30. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
31. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
32. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
33. The Fat Duck, Bray, UK
34. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
35. Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands
36. Amber, Hong Kong, China
37. Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal
38. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
39. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
40. Combal.Zero, Rivoli, Italy
41. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italia
42. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
43. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China
44. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
45. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Mani, São Paulo, Brasil
47. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
48. Quay, Sydney, Australia
49. Septime, Paris, France
50. Central, Lima, Perú

Sustainable Restaurant Reward: Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
World’s Best Female Chef: Nadia Santini
One to Watch Restaurant: The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alain Ducasse
Highest New Entry: Attica, Melbourne, Australia
Best Restaurant in Asia: Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
Chef’s Choice Award: Alinea, Chicago, USA
Highest Climber: Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
Best Restaurant in South America: D.O.M., Sao Paolo, Brazil

The 38 Essential Burgers Across the Country- brought to us from Eater.com/ Eater National


Hi happy foodie friends,
Another great list brought to us by the fine folks at Eater National / Eater.com, thank you Eater National!

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Eater National / eater.com link for full article, click here

There are thousands of decent-to-excellent hamburgers across the country, and getting the list down to mere 38 was not an easy task. So to start, the list was limited to new classics; decades-old landmarks were not considered. (That is, with the exception of In-N-Out. More on that in the map.) Much like the 38 Essential Restaurants lists on the local sites, the list has been tailored to allow for both geographic diversity and a variety of burger styles. The Burger 38 focuses on beef hamburgers: things like fries, shakes, and ambiance are nice but were not dealbreakers.

After composing a longlist of likely candidates, Eater consulted with a panel of curators consisting of television hosts, book authors, magazine editors, food writers of all stripes, current and former Eater editors, and other folks who are simply well-traveled burger fans. They didn’t agree on everything. In fact, more often than not, they disagreed on everything. When there was a general consensus on a restaurant, it either made the list or was vetoed. In other cases, the most passionate voices won out. Either way, true fans of the art form vouched for the burgers below.

If the panel couldn’t always agree on which restaurants to include in the 38, Eater certainly doesn’t expect you to do so. Take a deep breath and air your grievances in the comments.

Special thanks to all of those who helped inform this list: Andrew Zimmern, George Motz, Lockhart Steele, Kat Kinsman, Rachel Khong, Francis Lam, Josh Ozersky, Zach Brooks, Mike Thelin, Ben Leventhal, Amber Ambrose, Jennifer Zyman, Ari Bendersky, Allecia Vermillion, Lauren Hendrick, Kyle Nabilcy, Hannah Sayle, and current Eater editors.

And now, without further ado and in alphabetical order, the Eater National Burger 38.

AU CHEVAL
800 W RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580

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AU CHEVAL The cheeseburger at Au Cheval may look like a simple, griddled double patty burger, but don’t be fooled: this burger is what food writer Francis Lam calls “tremendous work, thin patty diner style magic.” Mike Thelin of Feast Portland calls it “the maximalist’s burger” while Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern adds it’s “worthy of all the accolades.”
[Photo: Au Cheval / Facebook]
800 W RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580

BERNIE’S BURGER BUS These burgers are served out of an old school bus, and accordingly the different options have names like “The Principal” (a classic burger with mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickle, onion, lettuce and roasted tomato) and “The Bully” (a double patty burger with the same toppings as the Principal, plus cheese). All of Bernie’s burgers are made with a custom Black Angus grind and homemade condiments, and Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler notes “They even make their own ketchup, and, unlike most ketchups, it’s good.”
[Photo: Bernie’s / Facebook]
MOVING TARGET!, HOUSTON, TX 77004
(281) 386-2447

BOCADO Atlanta food writer Jennifer Zyman: “The Bocado burger stack is McDonald’s gone gourmet. Beauty in simplicity. Just two house ground patties, gooey American cheese, and a pickle on a buttery and crispy H&F Bread Co. bun. It’s supremely squishable and totally slutty.”
[Photo: Bocado / Facebook]
887 HOWELL MILL RD, ATLANTA, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399

THE BRINDLE ROOM The Brindle Room in the East Village serves a hamburger made from deckle, a heavily marbled section of the ribeye. According to food writer Josh Ozersky, it’s also the “best new-school burger in America…[it] synthesizes the best of old and new: specialty meat, squishy buns, intense seasoning, and cast-iron searing.”
[Photo: Brindle Room / Facebook]
277 E 10TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10009
(212) 529-9702

BURGATORY Pittsburgh’s three-location Burgatory makes their patties from a custom all-natural blend of sirloin, chuck, brisket and short rib. Options include the Standard Deluxe, a steakhouse burger with red wine sauce, and the Farmer Brown, which is not only topped with an egg but also cheese and cured ham. The massively popular chainlet regularly has long lines, so do check their website’s NoWait section before going.
[Photo: Burgatory / Facebook]
932 FREEPORT RD, PITTSBURGH, PA 15215
(412) 781-1456

BURGER BAR If you’re looking for gourmet burgers, Hubert Keller is your man. With locations in Las Vegas and San Francisco, Eatocracy editor Kat Kinsman says that for a long time, Burger Bar was “my burger paradigm. It’s Hubert Keller quality ingredients and preparation, and a rare to the point of bleating patty with a hefty slab of foie and a slather of mustard…haunted my dreams for a goodly long time.” Eater Vegas editor Susan Stapleton adds that Burger Bar “really ushered in the burger restaurant era in Vegas.”
[Photo: Burger Bar / Facebook]
3930 LAS VEGAS BLVD S, LAS VEGAS, NV 89119
(702) 632-9394

BURGER GUYS According to Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler, “The Burger Guys success lies in the quality of their ingredients and the creativity of their toppings. That means 100%, hand-formed akahushi burger patties.” Houston food writer Amber Ambrose adds that it’s “criminal to eat one more done than medium here.” Do try the pate and daikon-topped Saigon burger; Sandler calls it “banh mi on a bun.”
[Photo: Burger Guys / Facebook]
706 MAIN STREET, HOUSTON, TX 77002

BUTCHER & THE BURGER Plenty of restaurants on this list grind their meat in-house, but how many of them have a fully operational butcher shop on premise? Accordingly, Butcher & the Burger is all about customization: choose your meat blend, choose your seasonings (anything from regular old salt and pepper to curry-coconut-honey), choose your bun, choose your toppings (Benton’s bacon or sauteed foie, anyone?). Bonus: B&B makes breakfast burgers, served with eggs.
[Photo: Butcher & the Burger]
1021 W ARMITAGE AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735

THE COMPANY BURGER Who knows burgers better than Company Burger’s Adam Biderman? After working at Atlanta’s Holeman & Finch (also on the 38), Biderman headed home to New Orleans. He now makes what Feast Portland’s Mike Thelin calls his “favorite burger place.” Eatocracy’s Kat Kinsman adds, “They just give a gigantic and deep damn about the makeup of the meat and the buns are artful.” Bonus: you can get the burger with tater tots.
[Photo: Company Burger / Twitter]
4600 FRERET ST., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70115
(504) 267-0320

CRAIGIE ON MAIN Tony Maws may be best known for the tasting menus at his upscale Cambridge restaurant, but he’s making a name for himself in the burger world as well. Each night, Craigie on Main serves less than twenty of their off-menu burgers, which are made from a custom blend of three different cuts of meat, beef bone marrow and suet. Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern calls it an “underrated burger” and Eater Boston’s Aaron Kagan calls it one of his top Boston-area burgers.
[Photo: the_sbk / Eater Boston Flickr Pool]
853 MAIN ST, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511

EDZO’S BURGER SHOP According to burgerexpert and host of Burger Land George Motz, “Eddie Lakin is pretty passionate about burgers and got it right when he opened. Old school feel, new school quality.” How do you like your burgers? Edzo’s does both a griddled patty — thin and crispy — and a thick, juicy char burger.
[Photo: Edzo’s / Facebook]
1571 SHERMAN AVE., EVANSTON, IL 60201
(847) 864-3396

THE GOLDEN STATE The Golden State celebrates the foods of California, and obviously their burger is no exception: California beef cooked to order, California cheese, topped with bacon and arugula. The burger itself is char-grilled and served on brioche. Among the Golden State burger’s many fans: Midtown Lunch blogger and 38 curator Zach Brooks and, obviously, native Californian/burger-lover/human lava lamp Guy Fieri, who featured the restaurant on his show.
[Photo: djjewel / Flickr]
426 N FAIRFAX AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90036
(323) 782-8331

GOOD DOG BAR & RESTAURANT The Good Dog burger is a riff on the Juicy Lucy-style cheeseburger; that is, the cheese (in this case, Roquefort) is inside the patty. This is a cheeseburger that is good enough that it actually inspired Philadelphia restaurant critic Craig LaBan to write a song about it. called “Cheeseburger, I Hold.” Yes, really.
[Photo: Good Dog Bar / Facebook]
224 S 15TH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102
(215) 985-9600

THE GRAPE Dallas bistro the Grape only serves its famous Classic Cheeseburger during Sunday brunch and on Monday evenings, but that’s enough to have earned it a cult following. According to former Eater Dallas editor (and current Eater Austin editor) Andrea Grimes, the burger at the Grape is both “super epic and so well executed.”
[Photo: The Grape / Facebook]
2808 GREENVILLE AVE., DALLAS, TX 75206
(214) 828-1981

THE GRIND The secret to the burgers at the Grind is their coal-fired ovens: their website says they’re “the first restaurant in the United States to utilize custom coal-fired ovens that cook at over 1,000 degrees.” All kinds of patties get fired on that hot, hot heat, including a steakhouse burger, the Nogales burger (with chorizo), a barbecue burger, and more.
[Photo: The Grind]
3961 E CAMELBACK RD, PHOENIX, AZ 85018
(602) 954-7463

GRÜNER Eater PDX editor Erin DeJesus calls this eight ounce, cooked-to-order patty “hands down the juiciest, best burger I’ve had” in Portland. The Grüner “hambürger” topped with choice of cheese, bread-and-butter pickles, Nueske’s bacon, arugula, and house-made ketchup.
[Photo: Gruner]
527 SW 12TH AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163

HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE There was not a more-endorsed burger among the Eater Burger 38 panelists than the Holeman & Finch burger. Eatocracy’s Kat Kinsman calls it “down, dirty, drunk food that unabashedly celebrates our basest burger impulses.” Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal says, “In modern burger times, this idea that a restaurant would only serve 24 burgers and only every night at 10 PM? Stone cold genius. It could be a McPatty between two pieces of cardboard and people would say it’s great. But, turns out, the burger plays. It’s a tuned-up classic all-American and in the setting, in the moment, it’s a true thing of beauty.” Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern loves it. What more needs to be said?
[Photo: Holeman & Finch / Facebook]
2277 PEACHTREE RD. NE, ATLANTA, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175

HUNGRY CAT Lucky Peach managing editor Rachel Khong: “The pug burger [Ed: yes, “pug,” not “pub”] is a California-y tower of thin bun, fat patty, avocado, bacon, red onion, bleu cheese, and more. It arrives, on the plate, in two halves for you to assemble yourself—probably because it’d topple on the way to the table otherwise. Get an extra napkin because it’s shameful what you’ll do to your first.”
[Photo: Hungry Cat]
1555 N VINE ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90028
(323) 462-2155

HUSK Infamously blended with bacon (see a full rundown on what this entails), the burger at Sean Brock’s Husk in Charleston is a pilgrimage to be made by any burger fanatic. Eater co-founder and Curbed president Lockhart Steele says of the Husk burger, “Like everything at Husk, it sits in the pitch-perfect meeting place of high/low. Sublime.”
[Photo: Husk]
76 QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500

IN-N-OUT BURGER In-n-Out was a controversial pick for this list. On the one hand, some panelists firmly believe it’s overrated, and it’s technically too old to be included. On the other hand, how can you have a burger list without In-n-Out? Taking their recent Texas expansion and general zeitgeisty flavor into account, they’ve been allowed a pass on the “new classics” rule. Midtown Lunch’s Zach Brooks puts it thus: “Best fast food burger in the country for the price. The end.”
[Photo: russelljsmith / Flickr]
2114 E FOOTHILL BLVD, PASADENA, CA 91107
(800) 786-1000

KUMA’S CORNER Big fat burgers from an insanely popular, insanely loud metal bar in Chicago, Kuma’s corner is divisive in terms of ambience. Everyone loves the burgers, though: former Eater Chicago editor Ari Bendersky says it would be “blasphemous” to leave it off a list like the Eater Burger 38, while Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods also gives it his seal of approval.
[Photo: toothrot / Flickr]
2900 WEST BELMONT AVE., CHICAGO, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769

LATIN HOUSE BURGER & TACO BAR The Mad Love burger is a big and juicy burger: over a half pound of a brisket, chuck, and sirloin blend served in a glazed brioche bun. The other option is the cheese-swathed Original with its “blanket of swiss, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses, 2 strips of pearwood smoked maple glazed bacon, sweet butter grilled Onions, Mushrooms, slices of Hass Avocado (when in season), Crema Mexicana, Avocado Lime sauce.” According to Burger Land host George Motz, who nominated the burger, owner Michell “Chef M” Sanchez is “a genius with burgers.”
[Photo: Latin House Burger / Facebook]
9565 SW 72 ST, MIAMI, FL 33173
(786) 564-5683

LURE FISHBAR Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal: “80-20 blend, special sauce, shredded lettuce, tomato, yellow American cheese, brioche bun. Comes correct. When we close our eyes and imagine the taste of the burger of our dreams, this is it.”
[Photo: slice / Eater NY Flickr Pool]
142 MERCER ST., NEW YORK, NY 10012
(212) 431-7676

MA’ONO FRIED CHICKEN & WHISKY You know a burger’s good when the restaurant changes its name and entire concept, but keeps the burger on the menu. The Spring Hill burger (named after the original concept) is smoked ground chuck, bacon, a custom American cheese, lettuce and a special sauce (obviously) between two English muffins. Seattle Met magazine Food & Drink Editor Allecia Vermillion tells Eater, “I’m guessing they will never take it off the menu.”
[Photo: Ma’Ono]
4437 CALIFORNIA AVE SW, SEATTLE, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075

MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK Michael Schwartz at Michael’s Genuine serves up a Black Angus burger on a brioche bun, with optional house-smoked bacon. According to Eater Miami editor Ana Heretoiu, it’s a “reaaallyy good burger.” Schwartz has been serving at South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash for years — and sometimes, he wins.
[Photo: MGFD]
130 NE 40TH ST., MIAMI, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550

MINETTA TAVERN On the famous Black Label burger, Lockhart Steele: “At the high end, my personal favorite. Flavor overwhelms each time it is visited anew.” Andrew Zimmern: “One of my top 10.” Ben Leventhal: “It takes most burgers a whole lot of pomp and circumstance to get in range of where this guy wakes up.” Any questions?
[Photo: ulterior epicure / Eater NY Flickr Pool]
113 MACDOUGAL ST., NEW YORK, NY 10012
(212) 475-3850

MISSION BOWLING CLUB Lucky Peach Managing Editor Rachel Khong: “Reasons why this burger is the best: the patty is granulated, the buns have their tops cut off to perfect bun-to-ratio size. Anthony Myint espouses cooking beef in rendered beef fat. He is a wise man with a sound burger philosophy.”
[Photo: Mission Bowling Club / Facebook]
3176 17TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110
(415) 863-2695

NOPA Grassfed beef on a brioche bun, with optional cheese. (You want the cheese.) Eater SF editor Allie Pape says, “Nopa is my favorite white-napkin burger by a mile.” Bonus? It’s served til 1:00AM.
[Photo: Nopa / Instagram]
560 DIVISADERO ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117
(415) 864-8643

THE OLD FASHIONED Madison food writer Kyle Nabilcy: “The Old Fashioned, and its thick pub-style burgers, has (since its opening in 2005) provided a gateway for a younger generation’s appreciation of Wisconsin supper club culture, and reminded an entire city that runny eggs on burgers are a very good thing. Mondays are two-for-one burger nights, and the crowd is bustling.”
[Photo: Old Fashioned / Facebook]
23 N PINCKNEY ST., MADISON, WI 53703
(608) 310-4545

OFF THE HOOF BURGERS Pat LaFrieda blends in the middle of Tennessee? Yes: locals in Arlington are buzzing about the Steakburger at Off the Hoof burgers, and local burger blog Best Memphis Burger gave it their first-ever perfect five star review. Also, it’s served on a croissant.
[Photo: Yelp]
HWY 70, ARLINGTON, TN

OFF-SITE KITCHEN Don’t be deceived by simplicity: the basic order here consists of a quarter pound of house-ground Angus (chuck roll and shoulder), griddled onions, lettuce, tomato pickle and mayo. Eater co-founder and Curbed president Lockhart Steele calls it the “most perfect burger I’ve had in ages.”
[Photo: Lockhart Steele]
2226 IRVING BLVD., DALLAS, TX 75207
(214) 741-2226

P. TERRY’S P. Terry’s — the mini-chain with only six locations in Austin — makes a mighty fine classic California-style hamburger. The ethos of the business is somewhat atypical (and frankly, incredible) for a burger chain: small menu, locally-sourced whenever possible, no freezers, open kitchens, fresh cut french fries, pay above industry average, and no franchising whatsoever. Deeply loved by Austinites, at peak hours the drive-thrus often get so backed up they clog the already busy city streets. Do read this great interview with the founder/owner Patrick Terry; how many hamburger restaurant operators can claim that Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation is their “bible” and “the mantra that we operate under”? It’s also worth noting the chain’s dedication to quality design by hiring renowned Austin architect Michael Hsu (see photos). —Raphael Brion, Editor, Eater National
[Photo: P. Terry’s / Facebook]
404 S. LAMAR BLVD., AUSTIN, TX 78704
(512) 473-2217

PALENA Eater National features editor Amy McKeever: “People have been losing their minds for years over former White House chef Frank Ruta’s cheeseburgers at Palena — and then they lost their minds some more in recent years when Ruta began offering it at brunch topped with a duck egg. This burger is a DC experience for sure.”
[Photo: Palena / Facebook]
3529 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20008
(202) 537-9250

PARK BURGER Former Eater Denver editor Lauren Hendrick tells Eater, “When anyone asks me where they should go for a burger, I always recommend Park Burger.” Park Burger is a fast-casual restaurant with two locations, and their thin patty burgers are famous for a crispy crust. And they serve them in many, many ways: plain burgers can be customized with toppings like fried eggs or pancetta, or you can get one of their specialty burgers like the New Yorker (topped with sauerkraut, corned beef, swiss cheese and thousand island).
[Photo: Park Burger / Facebook]
1890 S PEARL, DENVER, CO 80210
(720) 242-9951

SHAKE SHACK Thoughtful food and thoughtful national expansion is the name of the game at Shake Shack, perhaps the most visible restaurant in the American burger renaissance. Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods calls it “one of the best in its category,” and Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch adds, “Every fast food burger should be salted like this, seared like this, and should come on a Martin’s Potato Roll. If it was half the price, the Shake Shack vs. In N Out Burger argument wouldn’t be an issue at all. Did I mention the Martin’s Potato Roll?” (Check out more on exactly what is in Shake Shack’s burger.)
[Photo: Shake Shack / Facebook]
11 MADISON AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600

SKILLET DINER Two words: bacon jam. That’s the condiment served on the burger at food truck and now brick-and-mortar Seattle favorite Skillet Diner. Allecia Vermillion of Seattle Met magazine says it has “become a local classic.”
[Photo: Skillet / Facebook]
1400 E UNION ST., SEATTLE, WA 98122
(206) 420-7297

THE SPOTTED PIG No changes, no substitutions: April Bloomfield’s burger is chargrilled and served with Roquefort. Eatocracy’s Kat Kinsman calls it “monumental,” while Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal says, “I cannot express in words how much I love this burger. It is aggressive, it is daunting, and it is perfect.”
[Photo: The Spotted Pig]
314 W 11TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393

VICTORY 44 Victory 44 was nominated for the 38 by Minneapolis resident and burger fan, Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern. The burger is called the Perfect Burger for a reason: blended with frozen butter before being lightly cured, it’s a messy, juicy wonder.
[Photo: Victory 44 / Facebook]
2203 44TH AVE N, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55412
(612) 588-2228

As always when I share these great lists from Eater National, it is solely their information and opinions and after I read it over felt that is was absolutely worth sharing.
For pictures and restaurant web links, click on the Eater link at the top of this list for the full access and article.
Thank again Eater.com for sharing great information with us!

You Gotta Try This!

Bistro Jeanty (Napa, CA) – my review


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Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599

Hi happy foodie friends…..
If you have the Napa wine region in your plans then a must try restaurant has to be Bistro Jeanty. If you don’t have Napa planned, then make plans……you won’t be disappointed.
The magic of this region of California touches all senses and truly warms the heart. The flavours of the Napa valley do not end at the grapebut actually just start at the grape!

Bistro Jeanty was our first stop for dinner on our first night.
After a great day wine testing (simple name for a taste bud tantalizing day) we had reservations at Chef Phillipe Jeanty’s bistro and were surely in for a treat.

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When we arrived we were happily surprised to see Chef Phillipe sitting in his Bistro and welcome us with a smile!

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I was thrilled to meet such a talented but truly humble and welcoming culinary icon….

Atmosphere:
Warm, comfortable, full of character bistro full of happy patrons enjoying a sip or a nosh.

The menu is seasonal and full of Chef Phillipe’s creations that suit the flavours of the valley…..
The staff were friendly and helpful and best of all knowledgable. They could explain every menu item with knowledge and recommend the perfect dish for you to enjoy…..they would absolutely also help you pair the perfect wine to pair with your meal.

click here for Bistro Jeanty’s menu

Tonight for me the waiter recommended the:
Crême de Tomate en Croute
Tomato soup in puff pastry $12.00 to start.
The restaurant is well known for this delectable creation and is proud to post the recipe on their website for you to try to prepare at home.
I wanted to post this for you in my review so you could get working on it right away…..

BISTRO JEANTY’S CRÊME DE TOMATE EN CROUTE

Ingredients:

1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
1⁄2lb. Yellow onions-sliced
6ea. Garlic cloves
1ea. Bay leaf
1⁄2Tbl. Whole black peppercorns
1tsp. Dried thyme leaves
1/4cup tomato paste
2 1⁄2 lb. tomatoes-ripe, cored and quartered
1cup water (only use if tomatoes are NOT ripe and juicy)
4 cups heavy cream
2-4Tbl. Butter
salt to taste
1⁄2 tsp. Ground White Pepper
1lb. Puff pastry or store bought sheets
1ea. Egg-beaten with 1 Tblsp of water

Procedure:

Melt the 1⁄2 cup butter in a large stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns; cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Do not let the onions color. Add tomato paste and lightly “toast” the tomato paste to cook out the raw flavor then add tomatoes, and water if needed.

Simmer over low heat for 30-40 minutes, until the tomatoes and onions are very soft and broken down. Puree by passing through a food mill. A food mill works best however you may use a blender in batches or a handheld immersion blender until finished, the strain.

Return the soup to the pot. Add the cream, salt, white pepper and remaining butter to taste. Bring soup to a simmer the remove from heat. Allow the soup to cool for two hours or overnight – in the refrigerator.

Divide the soup among six 8-ounce soup cups or bowls. Roll out the puff pastry to 1/4 inch. Cut into 6 rounds slightly larger than your cups. Paint the dough with the egg wash and turn the circles, egg wash side down, over the tops of the cups, pulling lightly on the sides to make the dough somewhat tight like a drum. Try not to allow the dough to touch the soup. These may be made up to 24 hours in advance and covered with plastic in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Lightly paint the top of the dough rounds with egg wash with out pushing the dough down. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is golden brown. Do not open the oven in the first several minutes of cooking as the dough may fall.

Serve immediately.

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I think the picture speak for themselves but just in case it’s not clear… The flavours were absolutely wonderful and the soup perfectly balanced.

The table also wanted to share some plates…..
Next up
Quenelles de Brochet
Pike dumplings with lobster sauce $14.50

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The flavour of these perfectly done dumplings bathing in a lobster sauce / bisque was another delectable treat of rich mouth watering wonderment……

Next, my entree…..
Epaule de Porc
Slow roasted pork shoulder with butternut squash gratin ,brussels sprouts and lardons $24.50
I have to be honest, I am not nor have ever been a fan of butternut squash and especially brussels sprouts but somehow Bistro Jeanty prepared them in such a way that I enjoyed every bite of everything on my plate.

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The pork shoulder was cooked perfectly and tender….the sauce accompanying the dish was rich and creamy, I truly enjoyed every bite.

Other meals at the table…..

Daube de Bœuf
Beef stew with mashed potatoes, buttered peas and carrots $19.50

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Sole Meunière
Sole fillet with mashed potatoes lemon caper butter sauce $23.50

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And….Filet au Poivre
Black Angus tournedos with a black pepper crust, haricots verts and a creamy mushroom sauce $38.50

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I report smiles all around…. A great meal was had by all.
No meal is completed without a sweet treat, wouldn’t you all agree?

Desserts:
Crème Brûlée au Chocolat $10.50 Chocolate mousse crème brulee

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Hidden right under the delectable caramelized sugar was a mouthwatering chocolate mouse and then the creme to balance the right amount of sweetness to balance the dessert.

Last but not least….
Bread Pudding $9.50
Warm rum and golden raisin bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

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Though all of the desserts were excellent, this may have well been the star of the perfect finish….
Did I say last but not least? Well I might have because this last dessert was as much a sweet treat milk shake as it was a dessert….

This item was a special on the menu for the night so it will not be found on the menu link.
It was a chocolate bag filled with the house made strawberry shake……

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All in all a perfect culinary journey for the evening and a restaurant I absolutely recommend if you are in the Napa region.
Accolades like this are why Bistro Jeanty may well be busy most all of the time, but continued creations from Chef Phillipe and his team are why you will keep coming back.

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You Gotta Try This!

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The Eater California Wine country Heat Map- Where to eat right now- brought to us by Eater National


Happy Monday happy foodie friends……

This post caught my eye as this rich bountiful wine region has so many great eateries…..which one or how many can we try?
Please read this article on Eater National to see where the current hot spotsare.
Eater National – click here for the list

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CINDY PAWLCYN’S WOOD GRILL AND WINE BAR Third time’s a charm for celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who has reinvented this St. Helena restaurant from sushi bar to Mediterranean grill, finally settling on what she does best: California-fusion comfort foods that include Chinese chicken barbecue duck breast, crab rolls, vegetarian enchiladas, baby back ribs and buttermilk biscuits, wood-fired pizzas, and burgers. Locals just call it CP’s, and know that the eggplant fries (kept from a previous menu) are the best way to start the meal.
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SAINT HELENA, CA 94574
707-963-0700

GOOSE & GANDER Seasonal cocktails are the biggest draw at St. Helena’s former Martini House restaurant. Bay Area mixologist Scott Beattie’s cocktails are kitchen-sink affairs with shiso, galangal, pickled veggies, and artisanal boozes that become drinkable works of art. Duck fat fries, polenta cakes and grilled burgers, and roasted bone marrow set a solid base for continued sipping. [Photo]
1245 SPRING ST, SAINT HELENA, CA 94574
(707) 967-8779

THE THOMAS AT FAGIANI’S A downtown Napa bar that stood empty for decades got a multi-million dollar facelift to become one of the town’s hippest hangouts. NY’s AvroKo group (Public, Saxon + Parole) brings serious chef power with Brad Farmerie, who created a locally sourced, casual menu of burgers, roast chicken, and grilled Montery Bay squid along with a stand-out cocktail program. [Photo]
813 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559
707-226-7821

SPEAKEASY A favorite of industry folks, late-night revelers and anyone with serious munchies after midnight, this tiny bar and patio proffers calories-be-damned comfort food until 2 a.m. Best bets include lobster and bacon mac, Croque Madame, pork belly tacos and jalapeno poppers that come with a warning and a glass of milk.
139B PETALUMA BLVD N, PETALUMA, CA 94952
(707) 776-4631

SPINSTER SISTERS A little bit of NYC in Sonoma County, chef Liza Hinman heads up the kitchen with wine guru Giovanni Cerrone and Eric Anderson (a local who’s involved with Prune NYC) working behind the scenes. The menu is broken into a series of sections: Bites ($2-$4) are exactly that; Charcuterie and Cheese Plates ($6-$16); Veggies ($5-$7); Small Plates ($7-$14) and Large Plates ($14-16). Each works beautifully as a single sonnet, or together as an epic poem. [Photo]
401 SOUTH A ST., SANTA ROSA, CA 95401
707-528-7100

PIZZANDO More than a pizzeria and less than a white-tablecloth experience, Pizzando hits the sweet spot in between with impressive appetizers like oil-poached albacore; slow-braised pork shoulder with pickled plums, and caraway roasted squash draped with lardo (all $9). [Photo]
HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
707-922-5233

BRAVAS BAR DE TAPAS The Spanish-inspired menu is with brassy, bold flavors that leave no question that you’ll need a breath mint or two before getting familiar with friends or co-workers. Dishes include small plates of sardines, Iberico ham, calamari, quail with lavender, and heartier dishes grilled on a plancha. A new outdoor patio and bar beg for summer sangria sipping. [Photo]
420 CENTER ST, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 433-7700

RAVENOUS CAFE & LOUNGE This hobbit-hole of a restaurant has only a handful of tables and barely a galley kitchen, but somehow manages to turn out rustic-luxe, farm-to-table eats including roasted tomatoes with fresh balls of mozzarella, basil pesto and pine nuts, crab cakes with cilantro aioli and roasted eggplant, fresh fish tacos, and mascarpone cheesecake with swirls of lemon curd. [Photo]
117 NORTH ST, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 431-1302

PARISH CAFE With all of the easy of The Big Easy, Rob Lippincott’s New Orleans cafe draws you in with homey charm, Southern comfort and a menu that’s pure French Quarter. Open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more authentic Louisiana cooking this side of the mighty Miss. [Photo]
60A MILL ST., HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 431-8474

CAFE LUCIA Tucked well back from the street, brother and sister team Manuel and Lucia Azevedo have brought the “Nova Cozinha Portuguesa” – or new Portuguese cuisine – of Manuel’s highly acclaimed La Salette restaurant in Sonoma to their northern neighbors. Many of the dishes will be familiar to La Salette regulars, including richly flavored Portuguese nose-to-tail “task” or tasting plates of tripe stew, blood sausage, pig’s feet terrine and sardine pate. [Photo]
235 HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
707-431-1113

BACKYARD This restaurant sources, literally, from chef-owner Daniel Kedan’s own backyard culinary gardens and those of his ranch and farming neighbors. The Ad Hoc alum opened his small community-focused restaurant with a relatively simple menu that relies on seasonal produce, foragers and whole-animal butchery as its foundation. [Photo]
6566 FRONT ST, FORESTVILLE, CA 95436
(707) 820-8445

THREE SQUARES CAFÉ Josh Silvers transformed the former Syrah Bistro once again into Three Squares, re-envisioning it as a casual breakfast, lunch and dinner spot with a mix of homey comfort classics and a few “healthier” options after the chef-owner lost more than 30 pounds in 2012. [Photo]
205 5TH ST. SUITE B, SANTA ROSA, CA 95401
707-545-4300

GLEN ELLEN STAR With just eight dining tables and a handful of seats around the open kitchen, every inch of Glen Ellen Star is prime real estate. At the glowing heart of the restaurant: Chef Ari Weiswasser’s 650-degree custom-built wood oven that perfumes the entire block with its smoke. Combining classic French techniques, razor-focused attention to detail, and exotic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spices in every dish, Glen Ellen Star hasn’t wasted any time getting up to speed. [Photo]
13648 ARNOLD DR, GLEN ELLEN, CA 95442
(707) 343-1384

SOCIAL CLUB RESTAURANT & BAR This Petaluma gathering spot lives up to its name. Executive Chef Steven Levine Bob Simontacchi creates a rustic American menu around a wood-fired oven and grill with smoked short ribs, grilled Angus hangar steak, Prather Ranch burgers and Sonoma fried chicken. [Photo]
132 KELLER STREET, PETALUMA, CA 94952
(707) 238-0158

CAMPO FINA This casual wood-fired oven spot includes a large outdoor space with bocce and critically-acclaimed small plates such as octopus stew and crispy quail. For most of Healdsburg, it was love at first bite. Open for dinner daily, beginning at 5:30pm. [Photo]
330 HEALDSBURG AVENUE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 395-4640

Thank you Eater.com… Visit their web page for the full article posting.

Have a great day….
You Gotta Try This!

Food pics update…. Taste the goodness


Happy Tuesday great foodie friends…. It has been some time since my last blog post as I just needed some time to enjoy the holidays with my family and friends….
I thought it would be great to start back up with a simple photo gallery of some yummy meals and treats over the last several weeks!

Hope you enjoy!

Spicy Tuna cone

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Ahhhh Burrata… Sooo creamy

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tasty Bruschetta… To die for

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Jalebi- popular Indian sweet

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Ahhhh simple pleasure at Wagamama

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Simple German pleasure , schnitzel and Weissbier

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Spicy Panko prawns

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Creamy Risotto-Bolzano Italy

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Spicy prawn Udon

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Cinnamon bun Yum!

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warm chocolate cookie with gelato

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fresh spring salad

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Finger licking good homemade ribs

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Spaghetti Q4 yum!

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Romer’s burger wow

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Simple but necessary Affogato pleasure

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who doesn’t love breakfast?

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or this breakfast?

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Red dragon roll wow….

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Last but not least… Homemade Key lime pie…. Mmmm

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Hope you enjoyed!
You Gotta Try This!

17 Hottest Sushi Restaurants in America right now – brought to us by EaterNational.com


Happy Friday great foodie friends…..

Travelling the US and looking for great sushi?
Take a look at the list compiled by Eater.com of some great spots….

link to Eater.com 17 Best Sushi Restaurants in America right now

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When reading the list please remember that they are listed geographically and not by ranking!
Thank you EaterNational.com!

I am currently researching a great selection of “Best of” Sushi restaurants in Vancouver….stay tuned.
Here is a photo from one great little spot that has already made my list……
enjoy….

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Have a great culinary weekend!

Nabucco Ristorante – Furstenfelbruck Germany


Happy Saturday happy foodie friends,
Nabucco Ristorante in Furstenfeldbruck is truly a gem for anyone who happens to be lucky enough to walk in.

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The genuine Italian flavors along with the heartwarming personalities of Antonio Di Gorga, his wife Francesca Licheri and their son Elesio they have established a top reputation for being one of the best eats in town!

I was lucky enough to eat here several days during my visit to the area and I marvel every time I sit down for a genuine Italian meal at the simplicity of many authentic Italian dishes but the powerful and wonderful flavors that are achieved.
Something as wonderful as bruschetta

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Or something carefully prepared such as lasagna

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The flavors and smells continued to please……
When the chef of the house (Antonio Di Gorga) puts on his chefs coat and asks with his Italian accent “what do you want to eat today” I just knew I was in for another treat!

Another great dish was a veal cutlet that was so scrumptious my mouth is watering just remembering it.

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Topped with a rich sauce and fresh parmigiana and served with fresh vegetables cooked just right. I was saddened when the last bite was gone!

The great thing about a perfect Italian restaurant is whether you order something simple or something more complicated the result is the same…. Great flavors and aromas that fill your space and mouthwatering memories.

Fresh spaghetti with fresh fish……

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Grilled calamari with penne.

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Your choice of delectable traditional Italian desserts….. Or an Affogato- espresso with gelato…

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Make plans if you are near Munich to get out to Furstenfeldbruck to try Nabucco!

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And look for Antonio, Francesca or Alessio and let them warm your culinary heart and tempt your taste buds.

You Gotta Try This!

Wagamama – Japanese restaurant & Noodle bar


Happy Sunday happy foodie friends,

Wagamama link – click here

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If you happen upon this great Noodle house make sure that you stop in and try it for sure.

My first try was in Heathrow airport but I see that this UK based company with the unique name has opened locations in many cities including in North America.

No noodles for me on this visit but some excellent recommendations from the helpful waiter.
First up Prawn Lollipop Kushiyaki
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skewers of grilled prawns marinated in lemongrass lime and chilli. glazed with a sweet-sour and hot sauce and served with a caramelised lime
The flavors were dancing on my tongue… Each bite was honestly better than the next.

Next up, Gyoza: your choice of a regular steamed chicken and vegetable dumpling, or your choice of ebi or duck Gyoza.

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Again the flavors were right on the mark…and the dipping sauce perfectly matched.

And to finish off my Wagamama fun…
The Chili Squid (Calamari):
deep-fried squid seasoned with sea salt and shichimi. served with a chilli garlic and coriander dipping sauce

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The Chili sauce was the perfect amount of heat ad sweet.
I recommend that you try Wagamama if you happen upon one in your travels or better yet click on the Wagamama link above and use their restaurant locater.

You Gotta Try This!

25 Hottest Hamburgers in America


Happy Tuesday great foodie friends…….
There are so many great burgers out there right now that it would be a shame to “settle” for a mediocre one, wouldn’t you say?
Click on the link below to get a full list of voted top picks brought to us from Eater National.

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hit this link to read more from Eater National

Who doesn’t love a great burger? Take a look at these mouth watering beauties!
I see the closest one to us in Vancouver is SAMs Tavern in Seattle or Slow burger in Portland….

Stay tuned for a full list of Canada’s best burgers coming soon on my blog!

You Gotta Try This!

The Balkan House- Burnaby BC


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The Balkan House
Located:7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby BC
604-524-0404

Take yourself back to the 1970’s or the Rockerford file days in your mind and when you go in to the Balkan house that describes your initial thoughts when you first walk through the doors. The restaurant says that the decor is reminiscent of a European hunting lodge….

The restaurant is clean, the staff friendly and the service is good.

The Balkan house is an Eastern European restaurant known predominantly for their meat dishes.

Today I was in the mood for salad and Cevapcici – grilled sausage made from ground veal and pork.

The salad was fresh and the cevapcici was perfectly grilled and tasty!

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The restaurant had mostly Eastern Europeans dining at it so by default I would say that the food is genuine to its European heritage and culinary roots….

Lunch for 2 was also very reasonable, approx $30.00 for two plates which included soup, salad, 5 pieces of Cevapcici with potatoes, rice and bread including 2 drinks.
On top of the sausages I am told that they are also known for their schnitzels and fish and one thing for sure is that they are known for the large portions.

At night they often have live music and a spirited atmosphere.

On Sundays they offer a buffet loaded with grilled meats and other goodies…. but don’t expect to take too many trips back to the buffet as the meats definitely will fill you up.

The Balkan House is worth a visit to expand your cultural taste buds or to simply

Get your meat on

You gotta try this!

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