Wednesday, February 25, 2009

50 Things I Tried While I'm Alive...

Mak Man Kee In HK - Best Wontons In the World?

So 7x7 magazine released this story recently about the 100 things in SF that you must try before you die and I've looked over it quite a few times. I've only been in SF for about 2 years and I've already gone through 31.5 of the items on there. I'd say 10-15 more listed are places I've been but didn't order the specific item - not necessarily places I'd revisit. I have to say that this list feels so incomplete - almost like it is built for disappointment considering they have to play within the parameters of San Francisco. There are items here that are good if not great, but there are a lot of things that I feel are sorely lacking in the choices here. Since I don't work for any magazine or have any readership anyways, I will offer you a different list: a list of all the places and food epiphanies during my travels both personal and as a former consultant. I know there's a lot of SF, NY and Boston, but I'm sure the list will include many more international tastes in the future. Sad, I can't remember 80% of the names of places I went in China, France or Italy. Well here it goes anyways.

Here's the Top 50 Places I Tried While I'm Alive With Thousands More To Go...

In No Particular Order:

  1. Sea Urchin with Jalapeno at Jean Georges, NY NY
  2. Licorice Stick Sweetbreads at Jean Georges, NY NY
  3. Cannele at Boulette’s Larder, SF CA
  4. White Fish Empanada at Caracas, NY NY
  5. Hot Dog/Gin Martini at Crif Dogs/PDT, NY NY
  6. Ramen at Ramen Setagaya, NY NY
  7. Foie Nigiri & Aged Sake at O Ya!, Boston MA
  8. Clam Chowder at O Ya!, Boston MA
  9. Pressed Duck and Gruyere Sandwich at Acquitaine, Boston MA
  10. Crispy Wings at San Tung, SF CA
  11. Petit Fours at Restaurant Daniel, NY NY
  12. Fried Slider Rolls at Sunny Shanghai, San Bruno, CA
  13. Brunch Oyster Shooters at East Coast Grill, Cambridge MA
  14. Crawfish Bisque at Diamond Grille, Alexandria LA
  15. Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Burger at Cottage Restaurant, Alexandria LA
  16. Fried Glutinous Rice Dumpling at Lai Wah Heen, Toronto Canada
  17. Braised Tripe at Ocean Jewel, Flushing NY
  18. Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Blue Room, Cambridge MA
  19. Porchetta at Porchetta, NY, NY
  20. Wonton Noodles at Mak Man Kee, Hong Kong
  21. Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto at The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester UK
  22. Dan Tat Egg Tart at Golden Gate Bakery, SF CA
  23. Ama Ebi at Sushi Zone, SF CA
  24. Miso Soup at Sebo, SF CA
  25. Pork Ribs at Blue Ribbon BBQ, Arlington, MA
  26. Madeleines at Payard, NY NY
  27. Biscuits at Brenda’s French Soul Food, SF CA
  28. John Dory at Aqua, SF CA
  29. Breakfast Burrito at Green Chile Kitchen, SF CA
  30. Pho (XL) at Turtle Tower, SF CA
  31. Brunswick Stew at Dean’s BBQ, Jonesboro AL
  32. Chicken at California Chicken, LA CA
  33. Pork Ribs and New BBQ Sauce at Hoggly Woggly BBQ, LA CA
  34. Fried Gator at Tunks, Alexadria, LA
  35. Tamal Oaxaqueno at Ole, Cambridge MA
  36. Mofongo at Jibralito’s, San Juan PR
  37. Gorilla Burger at Chatter’s, Pittsburg KS
  38. Cuban Pork Sandwich at El Paseo, Seattle WA
  39. Prosciutto Panini at the Coliseum train station, Rome Italy
  40. Duck In A Can at Au Pied Du Cochon, Montreal Canada
  41. Peruvian Chicken at Super Pollo, Arlington VA
  42. Banana Macadamia Pancakes at Stacks, Burlingame CA
  43. Peking Duck Trio at Daimo, San Leandro CA
  44. Baked Pork Bun at The Kitchen, Millbrae CA
  45. Gelato at Il Gelato Di San Crispino at the Trevi Fountain, Rome Italy
  46. Shrimp Noodle Roll at the dim sum restaurant at Uk Wah Mall, Zhongshan China
  47. Rice Casserole at Mu Que C, Cambridge MA
  48. Bacon Cheeseburger at Five Guys, Washington DC
  49. Steamed Crabs at Cantler’s Crab Shack, Annapolis MD
  50. Potbellied Ipswich Clams at Clambox, Ipswich MA


  1. Braude and I keep meaning to return to Paseo. Yum!

  2. Paseo rocks, man that sandwich was awesome, you wouldn't let go of it. Remember you need your own next time.

  3. i have to agree with you on the wontons at Mak's Noodle House. ALWAYS my first stop when im back in hkg.