Posts Tagged ‘California’

20 Burgers to Eat Before it’s Too Late

August 20th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2009 Gourmet Magazine One essential characteristic of any worthy hamburger is democracy of spirit—it should be accessible to all and not cost an arm and a leg. That’s why our list of the nation’s best burgers doesn’t include the foie-gras-filled one at DB Bistro Moderne, in New York … Continue reading 20 Burgers to Eat Before it’s Too Late

Monster Hash

August 15th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2006 Gourmet Magazine We’ve never met a cooked potato we didn’t like. Baked with butter, salt-boiled, fire-roasted, puréed with cream, au gratin, dauphinois, frittered, and french fried—all are surefire transformations of the homely starch into supertuber. But shallow-fried on a grill or in a skillet is the pinnacle of … Continue reading Monster Hash

Drive Ins

August 14th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2005 Gourmet Magazine For two-lane travelers, pulling into a parking lot perfumed by hamburgers and hot onion rings is as satisfying as any four-star dining experience. At a true classic drive-in, you never even need to undo your seatbelt. Ensconced behind the steering wheel, you order from a … Continue reading Drive Ins

Surf’s Up, Soup’s On

August 12th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2004 Gourmet Magazine Surfing rules in Ocean Beach, California. And there isn’t a restaurant more perfectly suited to the wave-rider mindset than Hodad’s, an open-front eatery on Newport Avenue where a sign notifies patrons: “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem!” The walls are plastered with hundreds of decommissioned vanity … Continue reading Surf’s Up, Soup’s On

Here’s the Scoop

August 8th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2002 Gourmet Magazine WITH THE EXCEPTION of the hot dog bun, there has never been an edible invention as useful as the ice cream cone. Eat it all and leave nothing behind but a napkin. No need to sit down, and only one hand is required. We’ve hardly … Continue reading Here’s the Scoop

From Steak To nuts

August 7th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2000 Gourmet Magazine EARLY IN THE MORNING, the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue in Winters, California, is crowded with bikes—Schwinns and Cannondales, not Harleys and BMWs—pedaled into this quiet hamlet from nearby Davis, a university town 15 miles from Sacramento that is as friendly to spandex … Continue reading From Steak To nuts

Grill of His Dreams

August 7th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2000 Gourmet Magazine In the kitchen of RUBIO’S BAJA GRILL in La Jolla Village Square, north of San Diego, Ralph Rubio lifts a soft, steaming corn tortilla off the griddle. “Look how thick it is,” he says, gently flapping the tan circle up and down to demonstrate its … Continue reading Grill of His Dreams

Pancakes

August 1st, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 1999 Gourmet Magazine Pancakes make people happy. Arriving at the table in the form of short stacks or lofty towers, or fanned out like a haul of soft gold medallions, they are a simple indulgence that demands sweet syrup and defies seriousness. In a too-complicated world, a plate … Continue reading Pancakes

Gimme Shelter

July 29th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 1997 Gourmet Magazine After a good day of boldly eating where no food writers have eaten before—truck stops, diners, smoke shacks, even the occasional scurrilous road-house that anchors its chairs to the floor so they can’t be thrown through windows—we have to fight the urge to seek out … Continue reading Gimme Shelter

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