Taste Trekkers
Mermaid Inn
Oysters

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Marisa Olsen of the Les Foodites blog offers up another great restaurant recommendation: The Mermaid Inn in New York City, where Chef Adam Alderin serves up seafood dishes like spaghetti fra diavolo, fish tacos and a fantastic lobster sandwich. We discuss The New York Times' infamous review of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant, the difference between east coast and west coast oysters, and the finer points of Dim Sum dining.

Marisa recommends:

  • Oysters Galore
  • Lobster Knuckles "Escargot"
  • Tuna Crudo
  • Seared Calamari
  • Spaghetti fra Diavolo
  • Lobster Sandwich
  • Fish Tacos
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Shishito Peppers

New York City Dining Districts to Explore:

  • West Village
  • Chinatown
  • Lower East Side

New York City Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is the name of the first pizzeria to open in New York City?
  • A: Lombardi's Pizza.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Marisa_Olsen_-_NYC.mp3
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Kate's Biscuits
Grilled Cheese

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Michele Meek of The Rhode Less Traveled offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Farmsteadin Providence, where Chef Matthew Jennings serves up New American dishes like rhode island monkfish and organic suckling pig. We discover what cabinets and jimmies are, what happens when you light a river on fire and how a corrupt mayor transformed the city.

Michele recommends:

  • Kate’s Rustic Biscuits
  • Rhode Island Monkfish
  • Organic Suckling Pig Tasting
  • Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Caramel Tartlet

Providence Dining Districts to Explore:

  • West Side
  • Downcity
  • East Side

Providence Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What type of restaurant was invented in Providence?
  • A: The diner.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Michele_Meek_-_Providence.mp3
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Michelin Star
Hamachi Shooter

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Ngoc Ngo of San Jose Food Blog offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Alexander's Steakhousein Cupertino, where Chef Jeffrey Stout serves up American with Japanese influence dishes like Australian Wagyu steak. We talk about the Silicon Valley culinary scene, the Roti bun craze, and why San Jose is nicknamed "Man Jose."

Ngoc recommends:

  • Flash Fried Shishito Peppers
  • Australian Wagyu Steak
  • Raspberry Chocolate Souffle

San Jose Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Downtown San Jose
  • Willow Glen
  • King and Tully Roads

San Jose Food Events:

  • Moveable Feast food truck festival (every week)

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What popular Vietnamese deli sandwich chain originated in San Jose?
  • A: Lee's Sandwiches

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Ngoc_Ngo_-_San_Jose.mp3
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Pastaria

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Laura Bentele of The Moscow Circus offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Pastariain St. Louis, where Chef Gerard Craft serves up Italian dishes like Bucatini All'Amatriciana and Pappardelle. We discuss the local craft brewery scene, the appeal of toasted ravioli and how to eat concrete.

Laura recommends:

  • Crispy Risotto Balls
  • Shaved Kale Salad
  • Bucatini All'Amatriciana
  • Pappardelle
  • Half salted caramel, half pistachio gelato

St. Louis Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Soulard/Benton Park
  • Clayton
  • The Hill

St. Louis Food Events:

  • Any Schlafly festival: Cod & Cask in February, Oyster & Stout in March, Belgian Beer & Mussels in July, Hop in the City in September.
  • St. Nicholas Greek Festival (Labor Day Weekend)

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Name three foods that debuted at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
  • A: Hot dogs, iced tea and the waffle ice cream cone.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Laura_Bentele_-_St_Louis.mp3
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El Naranjo
Fish Tacos

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Katie Lewis of Slow Down & Savor offers up another great restaurant recommendation: El Naranjoin Austin , where Chef Iliana de la Vega serves up traditional interior Mexican dishes like Tacos de Pescado with a side of “de la olla” black beans and Tacos de Cochinita Pibíl with a side of refried black beans. We discuss the infamous bat bridge, absinthe cocktails and the history of the Club Sandwich.

Katie recommends:

  • Guacamole Tradicional
  • The Side Salad
  • Tacos de Pescado: Three tacos with Achiote marinated fish, shredded cabbage, salsa mexicana served on corn tortilla, with a side of “de la olla” black beans
  • Tacos de Cochinita Pibíl Three tacos stuffed with Cochinita Pibíl (slow roasted pork shoulder), pickled red onions and a side of refried black beans

Austin, Texas Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Rainey Street
  • Warehouse District
  • 2nd Street District

Austin, Texas Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: True or False: Austin Is the 14th Best Burger City in the USA.
  • A: False. According to USA Today, Austin ranks 13th.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Katie_Lewis_-_Austin.mp3
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Dominick & Thierry Rautureau
The Cookbook

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Dominick Cura, the 13-year-old author of the cookbook Eternally Gluten-Free, discusses his life with celiac disease. He talks about his diagnosis and learning to cope with the disease, as well as the challenges people with gluten allergies face at the grocery store, at restaurants and in their everyday lives. He also talks about one of his favorite Seattle restaurants, Razzi's Pizzeria, where Chef Amir Razzaghi serves up gluten-free Italian and Mediterranean dishes like chicken marsala, chicken parmesan, gyros.

Dominick recommends:

  • Pita Bread
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Caramel Butterscotch Pie

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

Direct download: Dominick_Cura_-_Seattle.mp3
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