When I was vacationing in Belize I started thinking about my favorite meals ever. What are the best ever breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert I have ever had? As I pondered this I wondered how my blogging friends would answer. I have asked a some food blogging friends to participate in this new series of posts and I am so excited to introduce you to my friends, their blogs, and their favorite foods.
I am kicking things off with my favorite meals ever – which I spent weeks debating in my head.
Breakfast at Southport Grocery
Breakfast: Merriland Farm Cafe in Wells, Maine. The small café has lots of outdoor seating overlooking a golf course. Everything is homemade using ingredients from the farm. The muffins are probably the best I have had, and they grill them until they are golden brown. We always start with a couple of the muffins. I love the Portabella Benedict, and you have the option to get it on a homemade biscuit, and homemade waffle fries come on the side. Another must try is their stuffed french toast- the peach stuffed french toast. My Dad isn’t the brunch type but he is always will to make an exception for Merriland Farm. If you are in Southern Maine you should make a point to stop and dine at Merriland Farm.
Honorable mention: Southport Grocery & Cafe in Chicago. I love their spinach artichoke omelet with breakfast mashed potatoes. I always order a side order of a single bread pudding pancake, and a mimosa too. The omelet is perfectly fluffy and the inside is filled with artichoke, red pepper, and cream cheese. The breakfast mashed potatoes are loaded with cheddar and cream cheese. The single bread pudding pancake is breakfast dessert and it is simply lovely.
Lunch: Artichoke and Basille’s Pizza in New York, New York. I love their Artichoke Pizza so much that I brought it back to Chicago so my husband could try it. The East Village hole in the wall eatery opened in the summer of 2008 and I discovered it right away. The crust is thin but sturdy and it is topped with a very rich combination of artichoke, spinach and cheese.
Big Star in Chicago. Most of the city is in love with their Al Pastor Tacos. This is my most favorite all time taco, and I am a taco connoisseur. The pork is crispy but still tender and covered in a juicy slight spicy sauce. The tortillas are soft and fresh. A side of guacamole and a Tecate round out the meal. This is one of the best cheap meals in Chicago – the tacos are only $3 each.
Honorable mention: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in New York. I used to live just two blocks away in West Harlem. The BBQ pulled chicken sandwich with a side of Mac and cheese and a side of wedge salad is my go to order. The mac and cheese is legendary it has a nice bbq kick and is loaded with cheese. This place always has long lines at dinner, but it is easy to get in for lunch on a weekday.
The Petite Filet with Roasted Tomatoes from Bavette’s
I honestly spent weeks trying to decide the answer to this question. Maybe it’s because I have been there twice this month and the memories are recent or maybe it’s because the food is just that good, but I all I can think of is Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf. I love the petite filet and the short rib stroganoff. The side dishes are just as good: elote style corn, loaded baked potatoes, and roast tomatoes.
Another memory that came to mind was Andinos in Providence. I went there once with my mom and sister during my freshman year in college. It was the first decent meal I had in a long time since the food at UMass Dartmouth wasn’t good. I ordered a special which must have been created after the chef read my mind since it combined all my favorite things: fresh tortellini, tender chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, and a cream sauce. The portion was heaping plate that could have easily fed two people. I ate every since bite and the waiter couldn’t believe it. The owner came out to meet me after he heard how much I ate. It was one of my greatest accomplishments.
Chocolate Silk Pie
I studied abroad in Florence at an art school, and there was a bakery about a block from the school. When I walked to school in the morning you could smell the bakery from two blocks away; it was enchanting. I fell deeply in love with their custard tarts with ganache on top. I tried to google and use maps to figure out the name of the bakery and failed. It was very close to Studio Art Centers International, but that is all I know.
Honorable mention: My Mom’s Chocolate Silk Pie. A holiday classic at my parent’s house, and a dessert that I make for my friends. It is a silky smooth chocolate pie with plenty of fresh whipped cream.
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