While I may not have the culinary expertise or credibility for a guest spot on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, I do have recommendations I am dying to share with my fellow foodies.
This page will document the best thing I ever ate in a variety of categories. I will update it as frequently as I can, but rest assured: I am extremely hesistant and selective in labeling something as the best. I will only place an item on this list if I feel 1) I have tried enough of that item at numerous places to fairly choose a “best” and 2) it is seriously the best.thing.ever. Amazingly good, delicious food does not equal the best ever. Even if an item is the best I ever ate but I know in my heart there has to be better out there, it will not be on this list!
If you want more info/pictures, do a search on my blog to view posts about a particular place.
Category 1: Dessert
Cupcakes: Misha’s Cupcakes in Miami, FL.
- Personal favorites are red velvet and vanilla, both with buttercream frosting. But really, any cupcake here is better than any cupcake anywhere else. After getting into many heated debates with friends about cupcake favorites, almost all of them argue that their choice is better because it is the best frosting they ever had. Well, that would be fine if we were debating frosting, but we’re not. What makes Misha’s the best is that the actual cupcake is what blows you away: moist, rich, and flavorful. The red velvet has tiny hints of chocolate chips inside that take it to another level. The delicious frosting is just a bonus. I have tried Crumbs bakery, Georgetown Cupcakes, and numerous other shops, and honestly it isn’t even close. Misha’s has ruined cupcakes for me because no place is ever as good.
Pudding: Magnolia Bakery in NY,NY.
- They only make one kind of pudding- banana pudding- so that speaks for itself. This pudding is everything it should be: creamy with a pungent but not overdone banana flavor, and huge chunks of soggy (in a good way) bread mixed in. If I could get this shipped to FL, I would pay to have it overnighted ASAP. But, I can’t. I checked.
Milkshake: Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia, PA.
- The apple-pie milkshake (with a whole slice of homemade apple pie inside) is hands down the best milkshake I have ever had. The apple pie is crisp and sugary on the outside, and gooey with apples and caramel on the inside. Mixed with their homemade ice cream and more caramel, you are literally eating the best apple pie and the best milkshake at the same time. If you are in Philly, even for a long layover, go here. That’s what we did.
Ice Cream Dessert, other: Jaxon’s in Dania Beach, FL.
- Start with a fresh, house-made waffle. Top that with house-made ice cream flavors of your choice (obviously one scoop strawberry and one scoop caramel), and add home-made whipped cream and a touch of rainbow sprinkles. Then, if you’re my boyfriend, you add chocolate syrup on top. A move I think is unnecessary and overboard. Either way, the home-made aspect of each part of this dessert is what makes it unbelievable and ultimately the best ice-cream-type dessert I have ever had.
Category 2: Italian
Pizza: Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville FL.
- Disclaimer: pizza is, without a doubt, my favorite food ever. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be pizza. I have searched high and low for the best pizza. I know this will spark a world-war-three-type debate, so I am just going to say that I do believe Satchel’s is the best pizza I have ever had. I do continue to try pizza in every city I visit, as I am most certainly open to the idea (although not sold) that the best pizza ever does not reside in my college town of Gainesville, FL. But for now, it is the best. The slightly sweet, slightly tangy sauce is so good they actually sell the sauce for purchase. The crust is perfectly crisp with just the right amount of garlic that for a brief moment it almost tasted like garlic bread. On any given night, you will wait >1 hour for a table, but that just speaks for the quality of this pizza.
Baked Brie: Perricone’s in Miami, FL.
- This appetizer is topped with a sweet apricot sauce and slivered almonds, served with fruit and crackers. I could go to Perricone’s just for this.
Chicken Parmesan: Amelia’s in Gainesville, FL.
- This is by far the most tender and fresh chicken parmesan I have ever had. The chicken is as soft as butter, the sauce is authentic, and the cheese is melted to perfection. I almost always order chicken parmesan at an Italian restaurant and I can honestly say this is the winner.
Spinach Dip: Amelia’s in Gainesville, FL.
- The words “spinach dip” don’t don’t do this appetizer justice. To me, spinach dip conjures up images of something from TGI Fridays. Let’s instead call this a “creamy, buttery, smooth mixture of artisan cheeses with fresh spinach and artichoke, accompanied with a house-made crostini”.
Mushroom Risotto: Casa D’ Angelo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Category 3: Greek/Mediteranian/Middle Eastern
Spanakopita/Konafa: Taverna Yiamas in Hollywood, FL
- This spinach konafa is out of this world. The crispiness of grilled, shredded phyllo dough pairs perfectly with the creaminess of abundant feta cheese and spinach.
Tzatiki Sauce: Taverna Kyclades in Astoria Queens, NY
- Confession: I don’t even really like tzatiki that much. At least, I didn’t until I tasted this one. It is made with slivery chunks of cucumber and a mixture of spices and olive oil that make this so much more than the dressed up ranch dressing many places label as tzatiki.
Pita: Pita Plus in Aventura, FL
- Specifically, the chicken pita topped with roasted eggplant, cucumber/tomato salad, and hummus. The spices on the pita are authentic Middle Eastern spices lending to an outstanding flavor combination. What puts this over the top is the freshly marinated eggplant and simple yet authentic hummus. You wouldn’t think that a pita could be a “best thing ever” category, but that is probably because you haven’t tasted this one.
Category 4: Breakfast
Egg Sandwich: OB House in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- The Original Downtown Breakfast Sandwich is without a doubt the best. It consists of farm fresh eggs, home-made salsa (with locally grown, organic tomatoes), and freshly shredded pepper-jack cheese, sandwiched between two monstrous slices of house-made multigrain bread. As I said on my blog post: this egg sandwich makes any other egg sandwich seem like an Egg McMuffin.
Category 5: Seafood
Shrimp: Shrimp Alexander at Morton’s Steakhouse