{Food} 10 Dishes To Eat Before You Die

Want to know where to get “the best Napoleons on the face or the earth”? Or how about a B.L.T. “to die for”? FOFs dish out their “fave” dishes from across the country. (Bonus: We got recipes for three of the faves so you can try them at home!)

1. FOF Georgia Witkin: The Napoleon at Campagnola, 1382 1st Avenue, NYC

“I’ve been going to Campagnola all my life. It’s Italian food, and the kitchen cooks it like you want it. They have the best Napoleons on the face of the earth.”


2. FOF debann7858: Crabcakes from Dutch’s Daughter, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD

“Dutch’s Daughter is my favorite restaurant because they make the very best crab cakes. They are fat and full of crab meat with no fillers.”


3. FOF bjsst: Adult Macaroni and Cheese from Good News Cafe, 694 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT

“Adult Macaroni and Cheese is a favorite of my husband and myself–lots of lobster chunks in homemade macaroni and cheese with a sprinkle of truffle oil!”


4. FOF Wendy Foster: BLT & Coleslaw from Montecito Coffee Shop, 1498 East Valley Rd, Montecito, CA

“It has plain old good American food and is frequented by the locals. A BLT to die for and wonderful cole slaw.”


5. FOF Cheryls: Hard Boiled Egg Appetizer with Rock Salt and Caviar from Club XIX,17 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA

“Club XIX has best of the best food. It overlooks the ocean–beautiful views. They have this incredible hard-boiled egg appetizer with rock salt and caviar. My mouth is watering just talking about it.”


6. FOF Babbie Lovett: Hot Tamales from Doe’s Eat Place, 1023 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR

“I love Doe’s in Little Rock. There’s nothing better than their hot tamales. It was my daddy’s favorite place in all the world.”


7. FOF Ann Hand: Capellini Ann Hand from Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.

“There’s a sense of entertainment in the restaurant. [The owner] named one [dish] after me called Anne Hand Capellini. It’s a pasta with a light tomato sauce so I can eat it and not feel guilty.”

(recipe courtesy of Café Milano)

{click here for the recipe!}


8. FOF freestyleme123: Mango Tango Sushi Rolls from Fuji Yama, 1827 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX

“When you do go, have the Mango Tango. It is an explosion of flavors in your mouth! You can’t go wrong, and your tastebuds will thank you for it!”


9. FOF Elaina Spilove: Spinach Gnocchi from Vetri, 1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

“Vetri is a very small Italian restaurant, and it’s very, very special Italian food. The chef, Marc Vetri, is a genius and the nicest person in the world. I always order the spinach gnocchi – it’s heavenly.

(recipe courtesy of Il Viaggio Di Vetri Cookbook, Reprinted with permission from Il Viaggio di Vetri by Marc Vetri with David Joachim, copyright © 2008. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Photo credit: Douglas Takeshi Wolfe © 2008)

{click here for the recipe!}


10. FOF Jayne Norwood: Heaven and Hell Cake from Stephan Pyles, 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX

“It’s casual elegant and serves Southwest and Peruvian food. I like the decor, the people and the art. They know how to treat customers. The heaven and hell chocolate cake is to die for!”

(recipe courtesy of Stephan Pyles)

{click here for the recipe!}


Note: While all recipes on this site are used with permission from the restaurant indicated, the photo for the recipe (in some cases) is not the actual dish from the restaurant. If restaurants would like to submit a photograph for their recipe, please send us an e-mail.

Images via (top to bottom) ehow.com, West End Magazine, Neiman Marcus, self.com, Seattle.net, Irapuato, Lifes Ambrosia, Sushi Day, Country Living, and Stephan Pyles

Capellini Ann Hand

(recipe courtesy of Café Milano)

2 Tb. Extra virgin olive oil

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped carrots

½ cup chopped onion

1 can (approx. 16 oz.) plum tomatoes (Italian canned)

10 basil leaves

5 cloves garlic

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Angel hair pasta

Rock salt (for pasta water)

½ cup cherry tomatoes (fresh, cut in half)

5 cloves garlic

5-6 leaves fresh basil

2 Tb. extra virgin olive oil plus finishing drizzle

Tomato Sauce:

Heat 2 Tb. Extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan. Add chopped celery, carrots, and onions and sauté over medium heat until golden brown. Cover and allow to sweat. Add Italian plum tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat.

Heat ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan. Add garlic cloves and sauté until they are golden. Remove from heat and add fresh basil leaves. Add oil, garlic and basil into the prepared tomato mixture.

Process mixture through a food mill to produce a smooth sauce. Can be prepared ahead and held refrigerated for one or two days.

To Prepare Pasta:

Heat salted water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and return to boil.

Meanwhile, sauté garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil with fresh cherry tomatoes. Remove garlic. Once the cherry tomatoes are cooked, add some tomato sauce and fresh basil and heat through.

Strain pasta and stir into sauce, continuing to heat for about a minute more. Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil and serve immediately.

Serves 2-3.

0 Responses to “{Food} 10 Dishes To Eat Before You Die”

  1. Hanan says:

    The name of the article says it all, 10 dishes to eat before you die, it’s so true. Thank you for this.

  2. Patti says:

    It was the picture of the Heaven & Hell cake that brought me to the article….

    Thanks for posting the recipe…

  3. NYC78 says:

    Ooh, I adore Cafe Milano! I lived in the DC area for most of my life and am so glad to have the capellini recipe. It will remind me of DC every time I eat it!


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