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04.21.2006

Where To Go. According To Food & Wine

Despite the fact that the web is expanding, at this point faster than the universe itself is expanding, it seems, there aren't many really good resources for gourmet travelers. By good I mean resources with depth, breadth, and credibility. Blogs like Vinography (I hope) are starting to become trusted sources for advice in these areas, but many bloggers don't have the time or luxury to do comprehensive surveys of multiple regions with any consistency.

That's why it's great to find resources like The Go List, a recent feature by Food and Wine that offers restaurant, bar and hotel recommendations for scores of popular gourmet travel destinations. I've taken a look through the areas that I'm familiar with and it looks to be a pretty good list. It also helps that I know they've tapped my friend Pim for recommendations in the Bangkok section. If they got folks as authoritative as her for each of the sections, then these are pretty great recommendations indeed.

Check it out.

Comments (4)

Rick Dobbs wrote:
04.21.06 at 10:54 AM

I know all of the LA, San Francisco, and Vegas recommendations and they're all pretty good.

However, none of them are really a "find." Most of them are restaurants that just about anyone who's ever been to any of these towns would recommend to a tourist. Maybe the list will expand and start including some of the great places that aren't listed at the top of Fodor's.

Alder wrote:
04.21.06 at 3:26 PM

Rick,

Thanks for the comments. I think you're right. For the major destinations, they're not amazing recommendations.

Patrick Barnette wrote:
04.23.06 at 11:10 AM

I think I can comment pretty intelligently on Boston and think they missed a couple of really special places. Hammersley's Bistro is the sort of place that one goes back to again and again. The best single dish I have ever had was their sweetbread-stuffed quail in port sauce.

Also missing is Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger in Wellesley. I am as skeptical as anyone of celebrity chefs (Todd English's places, for instance, are very ordinary), but Blue Ginger is truly special. Worth the 15-20 minute drive.

trouble wrote:
04.27.06 at 12:16 PM

You know, I go to Houston almost every month for work, and there are some GREAT restaurants there...some are incredibly cheap, and in my opinion, Houston has some of the best Vietnamese and Mexican food in the U.S.

Sadly, none of the real "finds" I've eaten at in Houston are on this list. Which is about par for Food and Wine, which seems to be more about plugging some in-crowd among the culinary set than about real food.

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