We’ll let you in on a secret, if you promise not to tell. We’ve discovered the favorite food hangouts of some of the world’s most renowned celebrity foodies ” chefs, cookbook authors, food critics and cooking show hosts. Some of these hideaways are off the beaten path, others are well known and already have a loyal fan following. Many don’t even have (or need) a Web presence. One doesn’t even list a phone number! However, what they all have in common is good food.
The complete list, along with mini reviews and menu suggestions, is available in the June 2009 issue of Budget Travel, on sale at newsstands now, where you’ll find the eateries arranged by geographic location. However, we’ve done some rearranging and are presenting a partial list, by celebrity favorites.
So if you’re looking for a highly recommended place to eat the next time you’re traveling, consider some of these “secret” restaurants (which by this time, are probably not so secret anymore)! And let us know what you think, by submitting a review to FriendsEat.com!
Masaharu Morimoto’s favorites:
Otafuku in New York City, 236 E. 9th St. ” Phone: (212) 353-8503
Vietnam Restaurant in Philadelphia, 221 N. 11th St. ” Phone: (215) 592-1163
Ton Ton in Tokyo, Japan, 2-1-10 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Phone: (011) 81-3-3508-9454
Jacques Pepin’s favorites:
The Clam Castle in Madison, Connecticut, 1324 Boston Post Rd. ” Phone: (203) 245-4911
La Cueva del Chango in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 38th St. near 5th Ave. ” Phone: (011) 52-984-147-0271
La VoÃ»te Chez Lea in Lyon, France, 11 pl. Antonin Gourju ” Phone: (011) 33-4-78-42-01-33
Danny Meyer’s favorites:
Portland Malt Shoppe in Duluth, Minnesota, 716 E. Superior St.
O’Connell’s Pub in St. Louis, 4652 Shaw Blvd. ” Phone: (314) 773-6600
Monmouth Coffee Company in London, 27 Monmouth St. ” Phone: (011) 44-207-379-3516,
Michael Pollan’s favorite:
The Bite in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, 29 Basin Rd. – Phone: (508) 645-9239
Ming Tsai’s favorites:
Sapporo Ramen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1815 Mass. Ave. ” Phone: (617) 876-4805
Side Street Inn in Honolulu, 1225 Hopaka St. ” Phone: (808) 591-0253
John Mackey’s favorites:
Saf Restaurant & Bar in London, 152-154 Curtain Road – Phone: (011) 44-207-613-0007
Candle 79 in New York City, 154 E. 79th Street – Phone: (212) 537-7179
Lidia Bastianich’s favorites:
Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, 623 E. Adams St. ” Phone: (602) 258-8300
Big Mama’s House of Soul in Pittsburgh, 1603 Penn Ave. – Phone: (412) 471-2910
La Subida in Cormons in Italy, LocalitÃ Monte 22, – Phone: (011) 39-0481-60531
Corby Kummer’s favorite:
Oleana in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 134 Hampshire Street – Phone: (617) 661-0505.
These are just a few of the food personalities who shared their favorite, “secret” eateries from around the world. Others who listed their favorite places, along with mini-reviews, menu suggestions and pricing in Budget Travel, include Alessia Antinori, Danilo Zecchin, Julie Powell, David Chang, David Tanis, Eli Zabar, Cindy Pawlcyn, Darrell Corti, Thomas Keller, John Besh, Deborah Madison, Patrick Ford, John T. Edge, Maximilian Riedel, Ariane Daguin and Niloufer Ichapouria King.