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Chciken in Delaware: From Sam Sifton NYT, best dishes of 2010

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Jan 07, 2011
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Chciken in Delaware: From Sam Sifton NYT, best dishes of 2010

Anyone know what trailer/tractor supply parking lot he is talking about? See second to last paragraph of the introduction to the article pasted below.

Dishes That Earned Their Stars
By SAM SIFTON
I MADE a list of the 15 best things I ate in New York City in the past year of reviewing restaurants for The New York Times. It is an accounting that comprises restaurant dishes of uncommon excellence and flavor. Together they underscore New York’s place as one of the planet’s best cities in which to dine out.

And we’ll get to them soon enough.

But these dishes make up just one part of a year’s meals taken at the professional table, one sleeve in the accordion folder marked “2010 Delicious.” Add meals I ate out of town on assignment or off the clock or on the way to the clock, and the catalog swells. There is, for example, the sandwich of deep-fried oysters and house-made bacon I had this year at Cochon in New Orleans, served on white Pullman bread with a chili-spiked mayonnaise. And the black vinegar spare ribs with pine nuts served at Shanghai River in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hoarsely I sing to the poached egg, potato mousseline and chorizo crumble I inhaled at LudoBites 5.0, in downtown Los Angeles. Also to the rabbit parfait with rabbit rillettes and a cinnamon-scented rabbit consommé at Alinea in Chicago (whoa, now!).

Closer to home, there were the Shanghai-style dumplings from Chui Hong Yuan in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, and lunchtime salads from Yemen Café near Brooklyn Heights, and midafternoon pickled veal tongue at M. Wells in Long Island City, Queens, and, always, plates of oxtail gravy over rice and peas from the Golden Krust on Eighth Avenue in Midtown.

For breakfast, there was the grapefruit at Pulino’s in SoHo, not really a dish so much as a magic trick, the fruit covered with muscovado sugar and mint, then cooked into caramel. (A recipe for it and a few other dishes appear here.)

There is the fist of bluefin I got this summer from the fishing guide Brendan McCarthy, who killed a tuna off Cape Cod after a long slog east from Montauk in the wind. I ate part of it raw, with soy sauce, and cooked the rest for the children, who ate it as if it were cake.

And I want to remember forever the martini I drank at the Carlyle before hearing John Pizzarelli and his wife, Jessica Molaskey, sing, with Mr. Pizzarelli’s father, Bucky, in the audience. (I waved to him before the show. “Who’s playing tonight?” he asked, and laughed.)

Also: the barbecue chicken I got from a guy cooking out of a trailer in the parking lot of a Tractor Supply Company in rural Delaware. And a plate of topneck clams from Randazzo’s in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. And the fish tacos I crushed on the sidewalk in front of Juanita’s Taco Shop in Encinitas, Calif. Them, too.

But the following list, which is presented in no particular order, reflects my professional experience over the course of 12 months dining out specifically in New York City restaurants, hoping each night to be surprised, yearning to be delighted, always hungry for the next great bite.

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Dec 30, 2010
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Desperate for fresh fish place in Wilmington, DE!!!

Depends on the day. During the week, I go to Dawson's. On the weekends, Captain's Catch or Hill Brothers.

Nov 04, 2009
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Viking Toaster?

;o)

Aug 12, 2008
tritium in Cookware

Viking Toaster?

Anyone have one of these? If so, what do you think of it as a toaster? Thanks.

Aug 11, 2008
tritium in Cookware

Electric cooktops?

Thanks all for your suggestions.

The Thermador radiant-induction top seems very interesting. I will have to check into that a bit more.

Dec 14, 2007
tritium in Cookware

Electric cooktops?

I am planning on getting a new cooktop for our kitchen. Gas is not an option so that means I need to go electric or induction. I am not wild about going with an induction cooktop because it will require me to replace my entire collection of cookware.

The electric cooktop I have at present is a coil model. These seem to have fallen out of favor, being replaced by the flat electric cooktops. This flat electric cooktop used to heat up very slowly and was prone to scratching. What are folks experiences with the modern versions of this cooktop? How is the heat up time? How do they stand up to use? Does anyone know of any places to get reviews of these types of cooktops?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Dec 12, 2007
tritium in Cookware

Brunch in or near Lancaster

Any places for brunch in the Lancaster area that you can recommend would be appreciated.

Thanks.

May 19, 2007
tritium in Pennsylvania

New Rest. in Wilm. Little Italy -- Pomodoro's?

I ate lunch there on Tuesday and had a nice meal. The decor is a step up from the previous restaurant.

Apr 19, 2007
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Salads in Wilmington, DE?

Thanks, spyturtle. I guess there aren't many salad eaters on the board.

Mar 08, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Salads in Wilmington, DE?

I would appreciate recommendations for places to get a nicely done salad, both sit down and carry out, in the Wilmington area. Thanks.

Mar 05, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Grad dinner in Wilmington or Newark?

I agree with what has been said above. It may be worth considering whether you want to be at a place conducive to talking. For a graduation dinner, I would put that high on my list, perhaps, shudder, even above the food.

By the way, spyturtle, Moro can do a nice vegetarian meal if you ask the chef. It is not on the menu.

Feb 20, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Delaware Restaurants in New Journal 2/9/07

Has anyone tried these places and if so, what did you think of them?

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pb...

Feb 09, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Lodge cast-iron dutch oven for bread?

It is OK to devour it yourself, but if it is like my house, folks are standing around waiting for it to come out of the oven.This makes it much harder to be selfish.

Feb 06, 2007
tritium in Cookware

Really great coffee (not espresso)

I second Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea. There Clover machine produces a nice cup.

Feb 06, 2007
tritium in Manhattan

Anyone been to Manos Latinos in Wilmington yet?

Thanks for the review. I will give it a try.

Feb 04, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Are there any gourmet cheese shops in Delaware?

The Imperial Deli is closing, according a recent newpaper article.

Feb 01, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Lodge cast-iron dutch oven for bread?

I have been happier with the smaller pot in the 5 qt range over the 7.

Jan 31, 2007
tritium in Cookware

Mac and Cheese

I had a nice Mac and Cheese at Artisinal last week. It went well as a side with some of the other bistro fare.

Jan 31, 2007
tritium in Manhattan

Elkton, MD area [moved from General Topics]

I'll have to give it a try.

Jan 29, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea

I believe they told me that the espresso beans are from Ecco.

Jan 27, 2007
tritium in Manhattan

Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea

I tried a number of cups of Clover brewed coffee this week at Cafe Grumpy. I was very happy with the cups. Great flavor and density, but still bright. The Kenyan was especially good. The beans are from Counter Culture Coffee in NC. They get their espresso beans from a different roaster.

Jan 25, 2007
tritium in Manhattan

Indian dinner Wilmington, Delaware

I have tried most of the places mentioned in this thread and find that the range of quality is modest, that is, there are some differences, but they are more similar than they are different and it depends on the dish. I probably eat at Nirvana most frequently, mainly because it is the most convenient for me. I would put it toward the top end of the narrow range.

There is another place on Kirkwood called Himalaya that is also OK.

Jan 18, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Take out Mexican in DE?

Thanks for the run down. I will have to try a few of the ones I haven't tried yet.

Jan 08, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Recommendations on the best ceramic pepper grinder.

I also have used the same Perfex mill for about 3 decades now. I just gave a Perfex salt and pepper mill as a Xmas gift. I am sure that it will last a life time.

Jan 08, 2007
tritium in Cookware

Need recs for dinner near Grand Opera House in Wilmington

I don't know if they still do, but 821 used to offer valet parking. If you told them you were going to a show at the Opera house and ate at the restaurant, they would valet park you car and then have it outside the restaurant when the show let out. It was a very convenient way to eat and see a show.

Jan 07, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

What's the deal with Mrs. Robino's in Wilmington?

While it wonderful to have great Italian food, it is nice to have a local Italian place that can provide good and inexpensive Italian food which you can go to on a regular basis. Any recommendations for such a place in or near Wilmington?

Jan 04, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

What's the deal with Mrs. Robino's in Wilmington?

I have only eaten at Mrs. Robino's once. I may not have tried their best offerings, but based on what I had, I have not been back.

Do you have any favorites in the Little Italy section of town?

Jan 03, 2007
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Conley Ward, Wilmington--yuck! (long)

The meal I had at Costa's was disappointing.

Dec 22, 2006
tritium in Mid-Atlantic

Conley Ward, Wilmington--yuck! (long)

Thanks for the update. I had been considering trying Conley-Wards, but your observations are consistent with others I have talked to.

So where do you go to get a good steak in the Wilmington area?

Dec 22, 2006
tritium in Mid-Atlantic