January 3, 2008

Best Meals of 2007 from Green Olive Media

Elizabeth Moore:
The Bo Ssam at Momofuku Ssam Bar

The Bo Ssam is a free-range organic whole pork butt, that's been braised in soy, sugar, and wine, and served with Hoison, oysters and fun stuff like kimchi, rice and bibb lettuce for wrapping. Chef David Chang is nothing short of a bad ass. Chef Tien Ho is always a pleasure. Minor always asks for Kempten and keeps the White Owl beer flowing...www.momofuku.com

Jeff Moore:
Boudin Balls - Cochon, New Orleans
(at the Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, MS)
Big balls of boudin, deep-fried. What's not to like?

Monkfish Liver - Prune, NYC
The fishiest thing I've ever eaten, 'fishy' being a good thing.

'Disco Fries' - BLT Burger, NYC
I had several plates of these fries with gravy and cheese this year, and these were the best, perhaps because of the use of waffle fries. Food 101's version with bone marrow gravy may have been just as good.

Hot Sausage - Southside Market, Elgin, TX
I had this twice this year, though neither time in Texas. Once at the Big Apple BBQ Fest, and once at the SFA Symposium. Perhaps this year I'll actually make it to the restaurant.

Literally Everything I Ate at Momofuku Ssam Bar - NYC
Whether it was straightforward stuff like pork buns and plates of ham, or the hamachi collar, tripe, or veal head terrine, nothing I had here was less than spectacular.

Chicken Liver - L&M's, Oxford, MS
I'm no expert on chicken liver, but this was miles above any other I've ever had. I think I had it four times in three days.

Paul Gant's Barbecue - Port St. Joe, FL
Just a trailer on the side of the road, with by far the best barbecue I've ever had.

Whole Roasted Pig / Rappahannock Oysters - Gryffon's Aerie Farm, Gordonsville, VA
A pig roasted over a fire for God-knows-how-many-hours by Jason from Comfort and Buz from Buz and Ned's, the best oysters I've had outside of Apalachicola (Rapahannock's Olde Salts), and a warm day on a beautiful farm made for a great meal. Even the High Lifes tasted pretty good.

Popeye's Chicken - At Billy Reid's store in Florence, AL
Sometimes the setting and the people are as important as the food. Although the chicken was pretty good by itself.