Restaurants

Restaurant waiterThe restaurant Sobrino de Botínis, located just off Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, claims to be the oldest restaurant in the world. I have not been there but have been fortunate to visit many restaurants around the world. I wish I had kept track of them all for the “favorites” database. There are a few dozen listed here. Most of them were enjoyable, but not all. I added ratings to the best of my recollection. Restaurants come and go, so the list is potentially outdated. I will preserve it for the sake of posterity. I might even add to the database if I get some time.

 

Restaurant List:

La Valentina

Genre: Mexican
Place: Presidente Masaryk No. 393. Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico. 5282-2297
Rating: 4
Comments: Hacienda atmosphere with great sculptures. Superb food and service. Elegant.


Restaurant la marée

Genre: French
Place: 1 Rue Daru - 260 faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris
Rating: 5
Comments: Seafood that melts in your mouth.


La Hacienda de los Moralis

Genre: Mexican
Place: Vazquez de Mella 525, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico
Rating: 5
Comments: Sixteenth-century center of gourmet cuisine in Mexico. Magnificent restaurant. Fantastic service, food, and music.


La Fortuna

Genre: Italian
Place: Rt. 6, Bethel, CT 203-797-0909
Rating: 3
Comments: Outstanding Italian food. Same owner/chef for 20+ years. See website for pictures of making ravioli


Felidia Ristorante

Genre: French
Place: 243 East 58th Street, New York, NY. 212-758-1479
Rating: 3
Comments: 38,000 bottles of wine in the cellar. Great food too.


Escoba Bistro & Wine Bar

Genre: French
Place: 624 - 8th Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rating: 4
Comments: Outstanding food, wine, and setting. Great service. One of best ever.


Columbia Restaurant

Genre: Cuban
Place: Ybor City, 2117 East 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 813-248-4961
Rating: 3
Comments: A great treat. The best Cuban restaurant I know of. Second only to Bern's Steak House


Chez Napoleon

Genre: French
Place: 365 W. 50th St., New York, New York
Rating: 3
Comments: French family-run restaurant that has been a staple in New York City's Theater district for over 40 years. Seats 40 people. Quiet and friendly. Incredible Coquille St. Jacques.


Castello Ristorante

Genre: Italian
Place: The Fairmont, Banff Springs, P.O. Box 960 Banff, Alberta, Canada
Rating: 3
Comments: Outstanding antipasto bar. Great wines and excellent service. Very Italian and in a a beautiful setting in the Canadian Rockies.


Café Salsa

Genre: Cuban
Place: 808 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 703-684-4100
Rating: 4
Comments: Nuevo Latino Cuisine. Great Cuban & Puerto Rican Salsa. Lots of plantains. Excellent sangria.
Update May 2013: This restaurant is now closed.


Café L'Europe

Genre: French
Place: 331 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480: Ph. 561-655-4020
Rating: 4
Comments: Outstanding food and a 15,000 bottle wine collection. Beautiful walk-in wine storage closet.


Café Chardonnay

Genre: French
Place: 4533 PGAA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 561-627-2662
Rating: 4
Comments: Excellent food and superb service.


Blue Fin

Genre: Continental
Place: 1567 Broadway @ 47th St., New York, NY 212-918-1400
Rating: 4
Comments: Same company as Blue Water Grill. Excellent food and great service. Located at Hotel W.


Blue Water Grill

Genre: Continental
Place: 31 Union Square West of 16th Street, New York, NY 212-675-9500.
Rating: 4
Comments: Seafood specialties. Excellent service. Food was outstanding. Jazz music on lower level.


Bistro Twenty-Two

Genre: French
Place: Rt. 22, Bedford Village, NY. 914-234-7333
Rating: 4
Comments: Quiet with great background music and terrific food.


Bern's Steak House

Genre: Steak
Place: 1208 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. 813-251-2421
Rating: 5
Comments: Words can't describe it. Art in steaks. Biggest wine list anywhere. Thousands of bottles going back to 1785. If you go there, take a kitchen and wine cellar tour.


Arbor Inn (Frank & Diannahs)

Genre: Continental
Place: 47 S. Bingaman St., St. Lawrence, PA 19606. 610-406-0126
Rating: 3
Comments: Just outside Reading, PA. Great ambiance and awesome Coquille St. Jacques. No web site that I can find.


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