Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Who is your choice for Best New Chef?

Food & Wine Magazine wants to know who you think is the best new chef in America. Editors are asking for people to visit The People's Best New Chef Website to vote for who they think are the best up and coming chefs from regions around the country and share their dining experiences.

The regional lists are comprised of some amazing talent, including some of DuecyPlate's favorites:

Chef Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley
Chef Alex Pope of R Bar
Chef Brandon Sharp of Solbar
Chef Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm
Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln
Chef Dan Kuger of ABC Kitchen
Chef Anthony Martin of Tru
Let us know who you think should win!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Walrus and the Carpenter

I LOVE oysters. So when I heard there was a restaurant in Ballard called The Walrus and the Carpenter, not only did images of the scheming Walrus from the Alice and Wonderland cartoon fable pop in my head, I phoned immediately to make a reservation. Unfortunately the restaurant doesn't take reservations, but don't let this deter you! Go early, put your name on the list and head to the bar at the vintage bicycle shop next door to wait. Your wait could be as long as two hours, but once you sit down at the marble topped tables and taste any number of the seasonal dishes - roasted brussel sprouts, kale gratin with hazelnuts, goose proscuitto, salmon belly, etc. - you'll soon know why this restaurant was included in GQ's 10 Best New Restaurants in America. The Walrus and the Carpenter is more than a fantastic oyster bar!!!