The Ultimate Caviar

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Momofuku Ko – New York, NY

Once upon a time this would’ve been a two-way tie with Cyrus in Healdsburg, CA (RIP), but since it has closed its doors Momofuku Ko is the last man standing.

So, how do you take something like caviar and make it the caviar of caviar? Well, like Cyrus, Momofuku has figured out two very important pairings. The first is a brother from another mother, a chicken egg. In this case, soft boiled. There is something about the egg to egg combo that takes fish roe to the highest plains of Nirvana imaginable.

The other key is warm, fresh baked bread. But Ko forgoes the blini in favor of a homemade sourdough, which they serve with their very own transcendent radish butter. And once the coupled eggs sit atop this bread and butter dais, prepare to see the back of your skull, because your eyes are about to roll over in ecstasy.

The Ultimate Key Lime Pie

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The Dutch – New York, NY

I was actually raised near the land of Key Limes and so I’ve had my share of stars and duds. But at the tippy, tippy top of the star heap, there can be only one, to quote “Highlander.” And this would be that one. A salted key lime pie that will send your mouth to the Florida Keys faster than you can say Jimmy Buffett.

California Pizza Kitchen

Okay, stop rolling your eyes. Like I said, I call ‘em like I see ‘em. And I don’t care if they’ve got three stars from Michelin or only one from Yelp. When you can produce a pie this good, on such a massive scale, it deserves some lovin’. Especially when there are SO many other restaurants and bakeries out there who only have one location to worry about and still serve up a FAR less impressive key lime pie. So, check your snooty taste buds at the door and be prepared to eat a little crow along with some kick ass key lime pie.