some of these are my favorite places regardless of where i am, meaning i'll get all wistful about them when i'm elsewhere; others are places i don't necessarily miss when i'm in another city, but when i'm in town, i like eating there (in other words, sometimes when i say a place is my favorite, it's an absolute thing, and other times, it's a relative thing)

  • della fattoria (petaluma)
  • gottsui (LA)
  • raku (las vegas)
  • otium (LA)
  • simpang asia (LA)
  • the stocking frame (LA)
  • the doughroom (LA)
  • ray & stark's (LA)
  • mr. bbq (brea? fullerton?)
  • the lark (santa barbara)
  • paco's tacos (LA)
  • bossa nova (LA)
  • rocker's oysterfeller (valley ford)
  • hog island oyster company (tomales)
  • nobu (LA)
  • la grande orange cafe (pasadena)
  • wurstkuche (LA - has sentimental value for me)
  • c & m cafe (LA)
  • urth caffe (LA)
  • the sunset restaurant (Malibu)
  • scala's (sf)
  • bottega louie
  • ike's (i didn't go there in sf, not even when i lived 3 blocks away - lines were to crazy. but then they opened in santa rosa, and omg so much avocado and dirty sauce and dutch crunch) (santa rosa)
  • grand central food court (is that weird? i just like eating there. there's no specific vendor i like, more like quite a few decent eateries to choose from, and an exciting atmosphere, with all these people going somewhere...) (e. 42nd st. nyc)
  • 5 leaves (brooklyn)
  • tacos morales (queens)
  • tebaya (144 w. 19th st., nyc)
  • blossom du jour (174 9th Ave., nyc)
  • korzo haus (178 e. 7th st., nyc) LANGOS!! and a really cute cook the time i was there.
  • pates et traditions (havemeyer and north 6th st., brooklyn)
  • imadake (gasp, just as i leave they open up a place that has decent takoyaki in montreal? wtf?!)
  • griffintown cafe (mtl)
  • st. viateur bagels (but really only in the middle of the night, in the mile end) (rue st. viateur, montreal)
  • kazu (omg finally some decent japanese food in montreal) (ste. catherine st., montreal)
  • royale (ave. c nyc)
  • la oaxaqueña (mission st., sf)
  • pizzeria delfina (sf)
  • kuta (rivington st. nyc)
  • takahachi (ave. a nyc)
  • tuck shop (1st ave. and houston, nyc)
  • cafe habana (17 prince st. nyc)
  • all you knead (haight st. sf)
  • gruppo (ave. b nyc)
  • lima's taste (nyc)
  • 7a (7th and a nyc)
  • snack (105 Thompson St. nyc)
  • taim falafel & smoothie bar (waverly place nyc)
  • la tina's comida latina (e. 23rd st. nyc)
  • otafuku (e. 9th st. nyc)
  • 11b (corner of b & 11th nyc)
  • soy (suffolk st. nyc)
  • el rinconcito (e. 10th st. just past ave. c nyc)
  • pound & pence (liberty st. nyc)
  • abacus (hayes st. sf)
  • pure food and wine (nyc) (the food is...well, i'm not into raw foods cooking, but for what it is it's good; the wine was tasty and the inside of the place is super attractive)
  • soba totto (e. 43rd st. nyc)
  • cafe colonial (nyc)
  • andalu (sf)
  • nolita house (houston st., nyc)
  • sakagura (e. 43rd st. nyc)
  • je'bon (st. marks place, nyc)
  • tiny's giant sandwich shop (129 rivington st., nyc)
  • ivo & lulu (nyc)
  • adrienne's pizza bar (financial district, nyc)
  • chickpea (3rd ave., nyc)
  • suzu (japan town, sf)
  • osha (soma, sf)
  • cafe zazzle (kentucky st., petaluma, ca)
  • hot stuff (london)
  • sushitarian (copenhagen)
  • palm court brasserie (39 king st, covent garden, london wc2)
  • cafe rouge (the service can be a bit slow so b prepared to b aggressive) (all over london)
  • pizza positano (paris, rue des cannettes, 75006)
  • japan centre (picadilly, london)
  • thai-rice (portobello rd, london; but not their juices)
  • the blue note cafe (glastonbury)
  • restaurant indonesian (rue vaugirard, paris 75006)
  • gang seng (rue lepic, paris 75018)
  • cafe beaubourg (rue st. merri, paris 75004)
  • la creperie des canettes (rue des canettes, paris, 75006)
  • the yellow place (simply b/c i know i'll feel nostalgic for it when i leave paris; besides, it's fast, cheap, & tasty; i think the actual name is sthg like aux delices de passy) (Paris, rue de passy, 75016)
  • paul (they have good sandwiches; their pastries are all right, too--i have a nostalgic link to paul b/c that was where i got my first taste of macaron, in 2004--but really it's all about the sandwiches)(all over paris)
  • jujiya (paris, 2e, rue ste. anne somewhere between 40 & 60)--go for the nice folks who work there, the authentic feel, & the comfort food bentos, which can be taken out
  • creperie suzette (paris, 3 or 4e, rue des francs bourgeois)
  • (i think it's called) le roi du falafel (paris, 4e, rue des rosiers)
  • chez hanna (paris, 4e, rue des rosiers)
  • haku-un-an (obaku, uji)
  • the tea place in kobe
  • hana (ronhert park)
  • blue winds tea room (new london, p.e.i., canada) (i bet i'd like it jus 4 tea, but i don't live there & i was jus visiting pei for a few days)
  • rose's cafe (sf)
  • old chicago's pizza (petaluma)
  • thai issan (petaluma)
  • chen kenichi's restaurants in tokyo
  • kyotoyo(umeda)
  • koganzushi (hattori)
  • piatto (ikeda)
  • hiroko's place (nyc)
  • la mediterranee (sf)
  • nakahide's (hattori)
  • pretty much anywhere in japan
  • pizetta 211 (sf)
  • mike's burgers (cotati)
  • grey dog's coffee (nyc)
  • the rotunda (sf)
  • bread (nyc)
  • cafe gitane (nyc)
  • anjou (sf)
  • ace wasabi's (sf)
  • places run by jean-georges vongerichten, like the mercer kitchen, that have warm molten chocolate cake, b/c he's the one that invented it (usu. nyc)
  • mary's pizza (gen. ca)
oct 8 2006 ∞
apr 19 2016 +