The other day I was asked what was the best restaurant I ever ate at. Ignoring the preposition at the end of the sentence I pondered that question for some time.
The Best Restaurant.
After much pondering I came to the great conclusion that: it depends.
It depends on the time and the place. At least in my case.
In the past I would have said the International in Carefree, Arizona where I first had beef stroganoff and wild rice. Also in the past would have been the Cave in Nogales, Mexico where I had the amazing shrimp dinner already immortalized in this blog. Or it could be Pepino's Patio, home of the best Az-Mex in Arizona. I doubt if any of these places are extant today.
Today, I'd have to break Best Restaurant into categories, based on where I live in Houston, Texas.
Best Lunch Restaurant: Bayou City Seafood on Richmond. Also subject of a blog. Dale's Special is all I eat!
Best Indian Restaurant: Bombay Brazier on Richmond. What's with Richmond?
Best Oriental Restaurant: Kim Son tied with Vietopia. Kim Son is an all rounder, but Vietopia has atmosphere and good food.
Best Sushi: Sushi Jin on Memorial and Dairy Ashford. The sushi chefs know me and start preparing ikura as soon as I walk in the door. It's touching.
Best Mex-Tex: Picos with locations in Bellaire and I-10 West. Again, chicken chipotle. What else is there?
Best Seafood: Goode Seafood Company. Seafood margarita and stuffed flounder will do you for a month.
Best All Round Restaurant: Daniel's Brazier in Seattle. Excellent food and service and view. What more could you ask?
Best Thai Lunch: Thai Cottage, Bellaire, Houston, Texas. Never ask for a Number 4 pepper level. Trust me.
Best Meat Fest: Fogo de Chao, Houston. Haunch of Brontosaurus on a sword. Served by gauchos. Women swoon.
Best Italian of all time: Piccola Venezia 39 Thurloe Place South Kensington London SW7. If you don't like what's on the menu, Mama will cook you something special. Ernesto, you must eat something! Many a long night with the owner here. Ah, to be a student again!
Best Fondue: Amy's house. Tulsa, Oklahoma. Is that funny or what?
Best pork tenderloin dinner: My house, Houston, Texas. It's not funny. I take it very, very seriously.