A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


Restaurants that WOW you

April 27th, 2012

I love going out to dinner; but I find it rare that a restaurant serves a dish that takes your breath away. This past year two restaurants caught my attention, and I would highly recommend them: Redd in Yountville, Ca. and Red Rooster in New York City.

Redd was the first restaurant opened by Chef Richard Reddington in 2005. Although everything I have tasted at this restaurant was delicious, one dish was spectacular. Glazed Pork Belly with a soy caramel sauce was  layered in flavor, and each bite was pure heaven.

Glazed Pork Belly

Glazed Pork Belly

Red Rooster is a restaurant in Harlem that was opened by Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit fame. On their website they describe their offerings as “comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine”.  For my main course I had Fried Yard Bird, more commonly known as fried chicken served with collard greens and mashed potatoes. Wow, a whole plate of greasy goodness. I don’t eat this type of food often, but once in a while it’s great to dive into a dish that is pure fun. I think that is the best way to describe the vibe of this restaurant…fun.

Fried Yard Bird

Fried Yard Bird

I was stuffed after a cup of peanut soup and the yard bird, but I ordered dessert anyway. Who could pass up pecan pie with bourbon ice cream? I rolled out of Red Rooster, but I was smiling.

One Response to “Restaurants that WOW you”

  1. holiday vaill says:

    Ed… so happy you are back in “business”! We will try and make it to Redd this fall.

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