Thursday, March 11, 2010
I am very impressed with what I’ve seen in cuisine during my recent skipping around the country. I wanted to point out some of my new favorites. In Boston, Tony Maws has the formula down pat at the wonderful Craigie on Main. Now in a larger space in Central Square in Cambridge, the restaurant has some of the most beautiful entrees around (and amazingly knowledgeable service) plus you can watch the magic happen in the open kitchen. Also in Boston, Barbara Lynch has made her mark in a big way with No. 9 Park , B&G Oysters and Sportello. In Chicago, Oprah and Obama are absolutely right: Table 52 is wondrous, but it’s so tiny that you’ll have to plan ahead and ahead to get a seat here, unless, of course, it’s a snowy night and you score a cancellation. The Southern/Low Country menu is almost too rich from start to finish. Just don’t think about it while you enjoy the shrimp and grits, mashed potatoes, fried chicken (Monday and Sunday only) and incredible desserts. And New York? I’ll save that for another time, and another time and another time, but my new fine-dining favorites? SHO Shaun Hergatt in FiDi and The Wright – both take a bit of sleuthing to find – they’re hidden under scaffolding or through an obscure entrance to the side of the building – and totally worth the hunt. PS the O after SH is a design element, not a letter, another thing adding to the mystique.