Observer’s 50 Best Things to Eat in the World

Recently Killian Fox of The Observer, has compiled a list of the 50 best things to eat in the world and where to eat them.  Not surprising, no Canadian restaurant has made the list with the majority of the places listed being located in Europe or the US.  Here are some of the “best things to eat in the world” according to Killian Fox:

1. Best place to eat: Oysters.
Strangfor Lough, Northern Ireland

Oysters over ice Richard Corrigan reckons Strangford Lough oysters are the world’s best.

“If I were to die tomorrow, I’d walk to Strangford, get a couple of bottles of really cold Chablis, and eat as many Strangford Lough oysters as I could. Then I’d die very happily indeed. There are very few places you can get Strangford Lough oysters now. Last time, we bought some from a company called Cuan and went to a beautiful local pub and opened them ourselves. The speed of the tidal movement, and the huge nutrient richness of the water, is what makes them so good. The only accompaniment you need is lemon juice and black pepper: you’d never ever use vinegar and shallots or Tabasco.”

Cuan Oysters, Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, 02897 541461,

3. Best place to eat: Hamburgers
Little Owl, New York

There are many fine hamburgers in New York, even the most mediocre of which would put its British counterparts to shame. But the best is the bacon cheeseburger at a small Greenwich Village bistro called Little Owl. “This sandwich is so copiously juicy, so rich with precious bodily fluids,” says Josh Ozersky, author of The Hamburger: A History, “that it practically haemorrhages onto the plate. But the meat, which is a signature blend from New York’s virtuoso hamburger maker Pat La Frieda, is perfectly paired with a bun of uniquely moist and yielding character. It’s by far the best cheeseburger in this or any other city.”

90 Bedford St, New York, 001 212 741 4695,

8. Best place to eat: Roast Chicken
L’Ami Louis, Paris

This Paris fixture, open since 1924, is the ultimate French bistro. Heads of state (Clinton, Gorbachev) and cultural giants (Welles, Hemingway) have come here to feast on sumptuous roast chicken, served whole with matchstick pommes frites and a simple green salad. It’s touristy and expensive and the decor is a bit clichéd, but such details become trivial once the chicken (which inspired Simon Hopkinson to write his much-loved Roast Chicken and Other Stories) turns up at the table.

32 rue du Vertbois, 3e, 3rd arrondissement, Paris, 0033 1 48 87 77 48

9. Best place to drink: Milkshakes
Fosselman’s, Los Angeles

The ingredients for the perfect milkshake are extremely good ice cream mixed with just the right amount of milk, and a classic American setting. The award-laden Fosselman’s, in the LA suburb of Alhambra, has been offering both since 1924. The milkshakes, made with home-made ice cream, taste like you’d expect milkshakes to taste in the movies. Make a beeline for the double-chocolate malt.

1824 W Main Street, Alhambra, Los Angeles, 001 626 282 6533,

31. Best place to eat: Pizza
Frank Pepe Pizzeria, New Haven, Conneticut

You could generate enough heat to fuel a brick oven with the argument over which country bakes the world’s best pizza: Italy, where the concept originated, or America, where it was globalised. Neapolitan purists will make pilgrimages to hotspots such as La Sorrentina, outside Naples, whose chef has won the prestigious Naples Pizza Championship, but we contend that the upstart Yanks do it better. The best American pizza can be found, not in New York as is commonly assumed, but in New Haven, Connecticut, where the Pepe family has been spinning dough since 1925. Their white clam pie has no equals.

157 Wooster Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 001 203 865 5762,

Click here to read the rest of Killian Fox’s list


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