Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
Now is the start of a brand new year
Let’s look ahead to what this next year will mean
Okay, enough with the tortured rhyming. More on the new beer cuisine later (just be on the lookout for more great chef and brewery partnerships, plus breweries in hotels). Here are five things we’re excited about in 2014.
Chicago’s The Dawson uses vintage molds and choice spirits like amaro. The Original Dinerant in Portland, Oregon, serves a daily Jell-O shot, made from scratch with always changing flavors; sometimes they use pudding and call them Cosby Shots. Like all good shots, they’re a Happy Hour special ($2) in flavors like Sea Breeze, made with vodka, cranberry and orange juice. Likewise, New York City's Meatball Shop sells a daily changing "Jelly Shot" with flavors like the Manhattan, made with vermouth, whiskey and a brandied cherry at the bottom.
Thai Street Food Takeover
And at the coming-soon spot KinK hao in San Francisco, star blogger and Bangkok-native Pim Techamuanvivit has been Instagramming the authentic dishes she’ll serve, such as rice noodles with spicy coconut shrimp. That's “perhaps the dish that best illustrate a Thai cook's deft hands at balancing sweet, sour, and salty,” she says.
Loads of Fire
At Death & Taxes, in Raleigh, North Carolina, opening in early 2014, local hero chef Ashley Christensen will celebrate the wood-fire cooking, with Southern ingredients.
"Cooking with wood and coals has such a beautiful simplicity," says Christensen. "I was reminded of that in Uruguay, and am continually reminded whenever I eat the amazing barbecue joints in our state.”
Meanwhile, in Park City, Utah, Viet Pham is opening Ember + Ash, where he’ll serve seafood cooked, as the name suggests, with live fire (grilled, over embers, hearth-smoked).
Major Chefs, Major Green
Over in Copenhagen, famed chef Rene Redzepi told the Economist that we should eat more vegetables in 2014. While he cooks giant mushroom steaks, he talks about what he’s learned from reading a Scandinavian Army Survival Guide. April Bloomfield, whose first cookbook was called "A Girl and her Pig," is publishing "A Girl and her Greens" in June.
There’s the upcoming Buttered Biscuit in Chicago in the Ohio House Motel; it’s being described as a “farm-to-table waffle house” with breakfast, lunch and dessert biscuits. Down in Jacksonville, Florida, Maple Street Biscuit Company is already on their second spot with all kinds of fried chicken biscuits. At the eco-friendly Biscuit Head in Asheville, North Carolina, there are options like Brisket Biscuit with BBQ hollandaise (and the choice of seitan “sausage” as a substitute for the beef).
And if you go to just one place for biscuit inspiration this year, hit the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May.
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