Best of 2009: Restaurant moment
Continuing with day two of Gwen Bell’s Challenge.
December 2 — Share the best restaurant experience you had this year. Who was there? What made it amazing? What taste stands out in your mind?
Sharing good food with family and friends is one of my life’s passions. One year could not possibly be summarized with a single meal. Love, laughter, and adventure were exchanged as glasses were refilled and desserts were served.
I got to witness my niece sleep in her stroller while at Bob Chinn’s on March 17. Surrounded by my Doland family, I ate luscious crab legs drenched in garlic butter.
PJ and I relived a night of our honeymoon at Artist’s Point in April at Walt Disney World. The evening ended with a baby armadillo running through the grass and stopping to let us coo over him from the car window.
In late May, PJ and I stumbled into Basso 56 in New York City. This dinner by chance included mouthwatering crispy sage, brown butter, and handmade ravioli.
On the same trip, I ate healing pickles that cured an unhappy stomach at a corner bar recommended to us by an Unclutterer reader. By far, the best pickles I have ever consumed in my entire life.
Ralph’s, a buffet restaurant conveniently off I-95, served up some amazing Lexington-style Carolina barbecue. We stopped in on our way to pick up Dashiell.
With an extremely nervous stomach, I was blessed to find steamed clams in West Palm Beach, Florida. The clams and an ice-cold beer helped calm my nerves the night before we met Dash.
Weekend mornings wouldn’t be the same without the sausage gravy over whole wheat toast at the local Canteen. The familiar faces of the employees, families who join us at neighboring tables, and sounds of the jazz band are comforts of our life in Virginia.