Over a long lunch interview this past week I was asked to share my favorite restaurants, by cuisine, from my worldly travels. The kicker… I could choose only 1 restaurant from each category!! Such a difficult proposition – So many great locations left off this list. That said, here were my answers…
BAR – Rooftop Bar Melbourne – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
CAFÉ – Baked and Wired – Washington D.C.
ITALIAN – Amore Trattoria Italiana – Comstock Park, Michigan
SUSHI – Sushi Roku Las Vegas @ Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada
SWEDISH – Aifur Krog & Bar – Gamla Stan, Stockholms Län, Sweden – VERY close 2nd for BEST Bar!
NORWEIGIAN – Restaurant Krebsegaarden – Copenhagen, Denmark – The single most fantastic meal I’ve ever consumed. Period. End of story. Fat lady has sung. All other restaurants can go home.
BREAKFAST – My Kitchen – In A Bachelor & His Grill‘s House
BURGER&FRIES (Tie) – Shake Shack – Official Page | Peter Luger Steak House Est. 1887 – New York, New York
BAKERY – Daci & Daci Bakers – Hobart, Tasmania
BARBEQUE – Fox Bros Bar-B-Q – Atlanta, Georgia
STEAK HOUSE – Cattlemans Steak House – Oklahoma
IRISH – Brazen Head Pub – Oldest Pub – Dublin, Ireland
SEAFOOD – North Beach Fish Camp – Jacksonville Beach, Florida
ASIAN FUSION – Lucky Belly – Honolulu, Hawaii
PIZZA – Giordano’s Pizza East – Chicago, Illinois
MEXICAN – Buccanos At Night – Cozumel, Mexico
HOTDOG JOINT – Lafayette Coney Island – Detroit – Michigan – U.S.A.
THAI – Pai Northern Thai Kitchen – Toronto, Ontario
AIRPORT – Gordon Ramsey Plane Food @ Heathrow T5 – London, United Kingdom
BREWERY – Just one? An impossible proposition considering USA TODAY just announced my hometown, Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, as the #1 Beer City in The United States of America!! #BeerCityUSA That said, why pick just one… when I can eat, drink, dance & be merry at ALL?!
So, ladies & gentlemen, in no particular order, here are my hometown & worldwide favorites – Founders Brewing Co. Perrin Brewing Company. New Holland Brewing Co. Restaurant & Pub. Brewery Vivant. HopCat. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. The Mitten Brewing Co. The Hideout Brewing Company. Harmony Brewing Company. The B.O.B. Elk Brewing. Schmohz Brewery. Osgood Brewing. White Flame Brewing Co. Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Now. The adventure continues.