Top 20 Pizza Places – Eat at One

Pizza is one of my, “if you were stuck on a desert island and you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life” foods.

However, I’m a bit picky about pizza. Most pizza chain pizza isn’t even worth eating to me.  My current favorite pizza joint in Hot Springs is Rocky’s Corner.

For this list item, I would like to eat at, at least one of the top 20 pizza places in the United States.  To determine which place(s) to try, I will be using this list from The Daily Meal.

I grew up with a mix of St. Louis and Chicago style pizza joints.  I have only had a few “Chicago style” pizzas that I liked.  There was a place in Raleigh, that I can’t remember the name of and Rocky’s Corner.  Most places selling Chicago style pizza serve a pizza with far too much sauce and bread for my taste.  Uno’s & Garcia’s pizzeria are both examples of this style.

St. Louis style is hit or miss for me.  I like the oft maligned “cracker” style crust.  The Provel cheese isn’t my favorite, but it works on some of the pizzas I have tried, like #92 on The Daily Meal’s list: Imo’s Pizza.

When I moved to North Carolina, the pizza places advertised pretty much exclusively “New York” style pizza.  Much like Chicago style, I have not been a fan of many New York style pizzas I have tried, though I am hopeful that the New York style pizza in New York is better than places I have tried.

My overall favorite pizza chain I have tried is the Mellow Mushroom with the “Magical Mystery Tour” being my pizza of choice.

The front runners for top 20 pizza places to try are:

Frank Pepe’s which is ranked #1 on the list and located in CT.

Di Fara Pizza located in Brooklyn and billed as Zagat’s #1 New York Pizza

I chose these two because the pizzas looked tasty.  Pepe’s offers a unique take on authentic pizza, while Di Fara’s seems like a good place to try to figure out what all the fuss about New York pizza is about.  If I don’t like the “#1 New York pizza” then I reckon I just don’t like New York pizza.

I will update the blog when I’m ready to plan a trip.



Top 50 Mexican Restaurants – Eat at One

Mexican food is another of my favorite cuisines.  For this list item, I would like to eat at one of the top 50 Mexican restaurants in the United States.

To determine which place to eat, I will consult a list such as this one from The Daily Meal.

The current front-runners from that list are: La Condesa, Fonda San Miguel and Changos in Austin, TX. The reason these are out in front is that Austin is a city I would like to visit anyway and it is relatively close to home.

I will update the blog when I am ready to plan my trip.




Top 20 Italian Restaurants – Eat at One

Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines.  For this list item I would like to eat at one of the top 20 Italian restaurants in the United States.

To determine which one, I will consult lists such as this one from the Daily Meal.

The front-runner from that list is: Babbo in New York.  The main reason for this is that I’m a fan of Mario Batali from his appearances on Iron Chef America and The Chew.

A second choice would be Domenica in New Orleans, primarily because it is closer to home.

I will update the blog when I am ready to plan my trip.



Michelin Star Restaurant – Eat at One

I wouldn’t say I’m a foodie, but I watch a lot of cooking and travel shows.  As a result, one of my bucket list items is to eat at a Michelin Star restaurant.

There are over 100 one star restaurants in the United States, most of which are in New York or California.

There are a handful of two and three star restaurants.  One of which, would be my current front-runner:

Graham Elliott Bistro in Chicago, IL.  The reasons this is my current front-runner for this list item is that it is closer to where I live than the others and I’m a fan of the TV show Masterchef, of which Graham Elliott is a judge.

I will update the blog when I am ready to plan my trip.