When I finally get caught up on my blog I may need to stop the Roister posts as there will be too many. I feel guilty typing it but we may have had the whole menu x2 (some photos missing) plus a few off-the-menu extras (thank you Chef!). My previous go-to lunch spots are out the window.
Hushpuppies, corn crema, sour corn, manchego
Hushpuppies, corn crema, sour corn, manchego
Roasted beets, endive tangerine, blue cheese
Chicken noodle soup, mirepoix, meatball, soft cooked egg
Smoked oysters, garlic butter, breadcrumbs
Anson mills grits, key west pink shrimp, crab curry, thai basil
Fried chicken sandwich, sunchoke hot sauce, chamomile mayo
Biscuits and gravy, hearth roasted eggs, green tomato ragout, swiss
Love the people, service, and food. But I must admit that I feel the burger was overhyped. Perhaps the fault of my Facebook friends and not the burger.
Winter squash, burrata, pickled honeycrisp
The Loyalist cheeseburger & fries
Apple upside-down cake, sunflower anglaise, creme fraiche
First thing in the morning this iced Irish coffee is amazing. I could drink them until I was sick.
Tip: Late night unfortunately they aren’t very frozen.
We somehow got incredibly lucky and we’re the last table seated for late breakfast/super early lunch before a water leak forced Willie Mae’s to close for the rest of the day.
I may have insisted that we were doing double lunch as I couldn’t fathom coming to NOLA without a return trip to Shaya. Love, love, love this place so much. #bestpitaever
baba ganoush, israeli salad, tershi, labneh, tabouleh, lutenitsa, pickles, ikra, moroccan carrots, wood roasted brussels
curried fried cauliflower hummus, caramelized onions, cilantro
falafel – cabbage salad and cucumber tzatziki
avocado toast – smoked whitefish and pink peppercorns
wood roasted cabbage – muhammara, tahini, hazelnuts
On my last trip to New Orleans I had planned to visit Herbsaint but swapped it out for another spot. I am happy that I finally made it on this trip. Definitely a very solid meal and so much better than two experiences on the previous trip so I am completely kicking myself.
As much as my dear friends in DC may dispute it, the food scene is really turning around. When we couldn’t fathom waiting in line at Bad Saint in the rain, we ended up at Maketto and it was hardly a consolation prize. A mashup of Cambodian and Taiwanese which results in some delicious dishes in a funky, casual space that is not DC in a great way. And in the year of fried chicken, another great addition with this fantastic five spice caramel version.
braised pork steamed bao, braised pork, hoisin sauce
crispy gruyere dumplings, chinese beef chili, fermented mustard greens
spicy laab and bone marrow, mixed herbs, spicy ground pork, chilis
wok fried rice noodles, mushroom sauce, local vegetables
maketto fried chicken, five spice caramel, housemade bread
Of course now that United’s fares from EWR to ORD have been cut in half there is talk of Au Cheval coming to New York. This burger was my reward for the dozens and dozens of trips I have made to Chicago, especially those early morning flights to be there by 11am when it opens for lunch.
A seat at the hearth at Roister may be my new favorite place in Chicago. In a way the plating is deceiving as some of these dishes are dark and are not necessarily made for today’s instagram age. And while looks can be deceiving, menu descriptions can be as well. Oysters are one of the very few foods that I genuinely dislike. I have been trying to train myself to like them for 2 years now but was set back by an unfortunate episode of food poisoning. When Chef Brochu kindly sent out a gift of the smoked oysters my stomach sank. I was dining with my mother, the only person I know who dislikes oysters more than I do, and who would be of no help in eating these. I made her try one and she admitted it wasn’t bad at all (which is a very high compliment). I happily ate the rest as they were completely delicious. I love having my mind changed about an ingredient. The fries I likely would not have ordered myself as bonito and tofu are not ingredients I particularly enjoy but a friend ordered them on a previous visit and I had to have them again. Then there is the chicken that I still think about. The leftovers are the first thing I have ever taken in a doggie bag from any meal while traveling. I cleaned out half of the hotel mini bar and we ate the rest for breakfast. It may have been even better.
Tomato bread – mayo, shallot, pecan oil
Aged cheddar rillettes – truffle, cauliflower, fry bread
Chow chow mein – aged cabbage, noodles, relish
Cucumber – melon, smoked creme fraiche
Smoked oysters – garlic butter, breadcrumbs
Yukon fries – soy dusted, bonito flakes, tofu mayo
Whole chicken & chamomile – braised, poached, fried with sunchokes
Hushpuppies – corn crema, sour corn, manchego