2015 was a busy year for the 2foodtrippers as we mixed food travel with our busy work schedules. Big changes are about to happen, but more on that later. First, though, we want to focus on our top 10 list of culinary experiences for the year.
- Top 10 List 2015
- 1. Plate of the Year – Sashimi at Raku – Las Vegas
- 2. Best Breakfast – Russ & Daughters Cafe – New York City
- 3. Best Neapolitan Pizza – Brigantessa – Philadelphia
- 4. Most Colorful Plate – Roca Moo – Barcelona
- 5. Most Surprising Meal – Milktooth – Indianapolis
- 6. Best Outdoor Dining – Bacchanal – New Orleans
- 7. Best Salad – Seafood Palace – Lake Charles
- 8. Best Bowl of Soup – Chicken Pho at Stock – Philadelphia
- 9. Best Beverage – Coffee – Everywhere
- 10. Most Exciting Meal – Dirty French – New York City
- Big News for 2016
Top 10 List 2015
1. Plate of the Year – Sashimi at Raku – Las Vegas
We had so many great plates in 2015, including the ten we enjoyed during our anniversary dinner at Raku in Las Vegas. However, Raku’s sashimi stands out in our memory as the most perfect plate of the year – an elegant array of melt-in-your-mouth raw fish. This is the finest, freshest sushi you will ever eat in a desert – or near the sea for that matter.
2. Best Breakfast – Russ & Daughters Cafe – New York City
Our first, but not last, meal at Russ & Daughters Cafe reminded us of why we love New York City so much – the vibe, the service and most of all the food. Meal highlights were the Gaspe Nova sliced so thin you can see through it and the Super Heebster Special with its blend of lightly popping wasabi caviar over creamy salmon and whitefish salads.
3. Best Neapolitan Pizza – Brigantessa – Philadelphia
Our love affair with Neapolitan pizza started in Naples Italy last year. When we’re stateside, we are lucky to have several solid pizzerias to keep us going. Our favorite local pizzas are at Brigantessa. Chef Joe Ciccala’s salute to Southern Italy in South Philly features supple pies with the finest local and imported ingredients.
4. Most Colorful Plate – Roca Moo – Barcelona
The food in Barcelona is exciting and colorful, much like the city’s architecture. Delicate Mediterranean Cod at Barcelona’s Roca Moo was served with no less than five emulsions, making it memorable for both its vivid colors and provocative flavors.
5. Most Surprising Meal – Milktooth – Indianapolis
We never thought of Indianapolis as having a progressive food scene, which is why we were pleasantly surprised to find an array of sophisticated food served at the funky yet laid-back Milktooth in Indy’s Fletcher Place neighborhood. The prime eating spot at Milktooth is the bar, where eight stools face a long, open kitchen with a bird’s-eye view of the chefs at work. Though the grilled cheese may be the most popular dish, other dishes shine like the sweet corn pancake topped with fried bologna, hard-boiled egg, yuzo kosho and seared foie. Indianapolis. Who knew?
6. Best Outdoor Dining – Bacchanal – New Orleans
Our long walk along desolate streets to the very end of NOLA’s Bywater led us to Bacchanal, a unique dining experience featuring live music in the open bayou air. Simple plates like whole grilled fish are served to diners while they enjoy traditional jazz in a romantic backyard space. As an added bonus, Bacchanal is a BYO with a cute wine store on the premises.
7. Best Salad – Seafood Palace – Lake Charles
Salads are seldom memorable. This is not the case with the shrimp salad at Seafood Palace. Loaded with fresh Louisiana grilled shrimp, this salad stands out as one of our best plates of the year, with or without lettuce. The well-seasoned shrimp on this salad is so fresh that it tastes like the juicy crustaceans were just plucked from the nearby Gulf of Mexico
8. Best Bowl of Soup – Chicken Pho at Stock – Philadelphia
We have a thing for soup, and one of our favorite bowls is the pho at Fishtown’s Stock. This soup features lots of fresh herbs, deeply flavored broth and surprisingly moist slices of free range Lancaster chicken.
9. Best Beverage – Coffee – Everywhere
Our love affair with coffee started when we were dating and has continued into 2015. It’s the beverage that we seek whether we’re at home or traveling around the world. We are so lucky to live in the golden age of coffee. The quality and availability of the product couldn’t be better, especially when baristas have the skill of fine artists.
10. Most Exciting Meal – Dirty French – New York City
Say what you want, but New York City is still a behemoth when it comes to innovative cuisine. Our meal at Dirty French, a bistro in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, excited us on all levels starting with its stylish atmosphere and ending with its breathtaking international nod (and wink?) at Gallic cuisine. Even the bread service featuring warm, soft flatbread and fromage blanc with rosemary was a knock-out.
Big News for 2016
2015 was a great year, but we’re ramping things up for an epic adventure that will take us around the United States, Europe, Asia and beyond. We even have a special hashtag for the coming year:
We’re excited to see where the road takes us, and we will document the journey right here with loads of photos and stories.
Stay tuned and stay hungry!