Laurelhurst Market – Portland, OR
On a quick trip down to Portland I did a little restaurant research without any suggestions and stumbled upon Laurelhurst Market. GREAT choice!!! It’s got that neighborhood feel all the while being super current and hip! Everything we ate was divine. Not one morsel was left on the plate. And because there were 6 of us we were able to order a lot of shared plates to get a better idea of what this place has to offer.
We started with the charcuterie plate which was a must considering they have their own butcher shop attached to the restaurant. Wow…that’s all I’ve got to say:) Next were the deviled eggs topped with pork belly. Really?! I think we all could have eaten a lot of those:) There was some mac & cheese, fried cauliflower (amazing!), steaks, fish and then dulce de leche cheesecake to finish…whoa!
If I were back in Portland I would definitely want to go here soon and I would feel very confident recommending this spot to anyone!
Steak Tartare – vodka, chives, shallot, farm yolk
Marrow Bones – toasted soft pretzel, pickled mustard seeds
Deviled “Dancing Chicken Farm” Eggs – braised tasso ham, pickled fennel
Shrimp & Grits – griddled scrapple, gulf shrimp, cauliflower chow chow, spring shoots salad
Queets River Steelhead
Mac & Cheese with Tim’s Chip Crust
Braised Local Kale with Housemade Bacon
Fried Cauliflower with Parsley, Lemon & Caper – on cauliflower puree
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Dot’s Delicatessen – Seattle, WA
My husband has been raving about this place for a while now so I finally joined him for lunch the other afternoon. What a great spot! Not only can you count on getting one of the best sandwiches in town here but you can buy their homemade sausages, patés, locals meats and condiments here. It’s a one stop shop for lunch and dinner:)
My husband’s go to is the Reuben (which is pretty fabulous I have to say) but I decided to venture out and get one of their specials that day – the Grass Fed Patty Melt with melted gruyére, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and dijon on sourdough bread. Wow…was that good or what! Rich, yes but definitely not something I eat on a regular basis so the splurge didn’t feel that crazy. The poutine on the other hand…:) The gravy was some of the best…perfectly smooth, the flavors were spot on and it coated the fries just right. And what’s poutine without Beecher’s cheese curds?
I plan on visiting this place many more times in the future and I look forward to taking home some of their sausages for summer BBQ’s. I’d also like to try Dot’s for dinner one of these nights. Stay tuned!
The Grass Fed Patty Melt…it was everything you would hope it to be:) I especially loved the dijon on it.
Poutine with Beecher’s cheese curds. How can you go wrong with that?!
I had to get a little green in my lunch seeing that the rest of it consisted of meat, bread, cheese and potatoes:)
Katz’s Delicatessen – New York, NY
Another spot on Anthony Bourdain’s 13 Places to Eat Before You Die and deserving of the spot it is! A New York legend, the deli sits in the same spot it was founded in in 1888. Known for their pastrami my husband and I decided to split two ruebens, one made with corned beef and the other pastrami. Pastrami was the winner but both were excellent!
If you haven’t been I think this should be on your list for sure. To make yourself feel better try and walk there from wherever you’re staying. You’ll need it to digest once you’re done:)
Once you order your sandwich, the kind people behind the counter will give you a slice of whatever meat it is your ordered. Ours was hot and damn good…definitely makes you anticipate the sandwich even more:)You also get these two kinds of pickles with your order. My favorite were the dills.The pastrami rueben…and the corned beef…yes please!