The Best Meal of 2009

Before the end of 2009, a group of people from the restaurant industry were surveyed and asked a series of questions. When asked what their best meal was in 2009, they all had some interesting answers. Here’s what they had to say:

Cedd Moses, restaurant/bar owner: TIE: “Momofuku Ssam Bar NYC and Cochon Butcher New Orleans.”

Sam Nazarian, Hotel/Restaurant/Club mogul: “Giorgio Baldi.”

Mark Peel, chef and restaurant owner, The Tar Pit: “The fish stew I made at home for my family.”

Jeff Miller, Thrillist: “The annual insanity of 11 in 11-the eleven-restaurants-in-eleven-hours scheme originally devised by Jason over at the Golden State and some friends of his, five or so years ago-was elevated this year thanks to it running all night rather than all day. Drive-by haters just didn’t get it: the point isn’t the food, or the stamina, it’s the unpredictablity of the experience. Was it the best food I’ve ever had? Not by a longshot. But nothing will beat the feeling of finishing off some bibimbap in koreatown at 3am while getting a text message that a Highland Park Oxacan place had head-cheese sandwiches and beer waiting for us, and knowing we could get over there in 20 minutes-and still make it to the Pantry for 5am pancakes. And the Standard for sunrise drinks. And blood soup at 7am…this year, more than ever, LA was our oyster (even though we ate no oysters).”

Odell: “I recently had a fantastic meal at Vertical Wine Bistro in Pas, but the show stopper was a meal I had last month in Bagnoli Irpino (Italy) in a tiny bed and breakfast called Country House Nonna Pina. Everything was house-made from the wine to the cheese to the salumi to the bread…”

Via: Eater LA