City Paper’s Annual Dining Guide
We are so hungry. Ravenous, actually. Our stomachs are making an angry grumbling sound so loud our neighbors think we got a dog. Weeks of talking and writing about food has put our salivary glands in overdrive.
The result is this fine ode to our unquenchable hunger for food, everything from our favorite sandwich shops to places so fancy we only go there when Dad is picking up the bill. (Thanks, Dad.) This year we’ve gone beyond the usual paragraph-long descriptions and broken each write-up into three categories: what brings us to each restaurant, what we eat once we’ve pulled up a chair, and what we’d change if we were the all-powerful culinary gods we’d like to be.
And just to make sure that when you get as hungry as we are you won’t have to go far to stuff your face, we’ve organized the restaurants by area. You’ll also find corresponding profiles of dishwashers, valets, chefs, pupusa makers, deli heroes, and a woman who will smoke just about anything she can get her hands on. Plus, we even asked a very smart man some pretty stupid questions about wine, to help you—and us—navigate ordering a bottle the next time you’re feeling grapey.
Now, enjoy and if, as you’re looking through all 80 pages of mouth-watering food info, you leave a little drool on the pages, don’t be embarrassed. That’s how we know we’ve done our jobs.
EAT 2007 was written by Rebecca Alvania, Anna Ditkoff, Edward Ericson Jr., Lee Gardner, Richard Gorelick, Jess Harvell, Eric Allen Hatch, Tim Hill, Anne Howard, Chris Landers, Joe MacLeod, Bret McCabe, Christopher Skokna, Erin Sullivan, Jason Torres, Kat Ward, and Wendy Ward. Laura Gordon, Katherine Hill, and Kat Ward checked the facts with help from interns Jeremy Esperon, Crystal Hall, Anny Hoge, Maureen Skorupa, and Lauren Svrjcek. Frank Klein, Christopher Myers, and Jefferson Jackson Steele took the pictures, and M. Wartella channeled his inner culinary pirate for the cover.
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