For the past ten years, I have loved pushing the boundaries of my food experiences. Nowadays I travel with “bucket list” eating destinations in mind. While not as storied as others, I have had the good fortune of dining at several notable restaurants in the Michelin guide. Below is where I’ll keep a running list of places I’ve been (with any special distinction at the time of my visit notated) and where I’ll soon be going.

  • Alinea (Chicago, IL) – 2009 “Best Restaurant North America”
  • Eleven Madison Park (New York, NY) – #1 on 2017 “World’s 50 Best” Restaurants
  • Grace (Chicago, IL)
  • Hajime (Osaka, Japan)
  • Hyotei (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Kagurazaka Ishikawa (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Kikunoi Honten (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Le Bernardin (New York, NY)
  • Per Se (New York, NY)
  • Saison (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ryugin (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Acadia (Chicago, IL)
  • Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago, IL)
  • Chihiro (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Fujiya 1935 (Osaka, Japan)
  • Kikunoi Roan (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Providence (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Shunsaiten Tsuchiya (Osaka, Japan)
  • Sumibi Kappo Ifuku (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Sushi Harasho (Osaka, Japan)
  • Blackbird (Chicago, IL)
  • Commis (Oakland, CA)
  • Konjiki Hototogisu (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Kusakabe (San Francisco, CA)
  • Dill (Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • Longman & Eagle (Chicago, IL)
  • Peter Luger’s (New York, NY)
  • Schwa (Chicago, IL)
  • Solbar (Napa Valley, CA)
  • Sushi Matsumoto (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Takashi (Chicago, IL)
  • Topolobampo (Chicago, IL)
  • Yonemura Gion Honten (Kyoto, Japan)
  • 112 Eatery (Minneapolis, MN)
  • The American Restaurant (Kansas City, KS)
  • Bar Tartine (San Francisco, CA)
  • Bar La Grassa (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Bluestem (Kansas City, KS)
  • Bottega (Yountville, CA)
  • Canlis (Seattle, WA)
  • Central Restaurant (Lima, Peru) – #6 on 2018 “World’s 50 Best” Restaurants
  • Fat Rice (Chicago, IL)
  • ink. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Joel Robuchon (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Maido (Lima, Peru) – #7 on 2018 “World’s 50 Best” Restaurants
  • MIL (Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru)
  • Piccolo (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Senia (Honolulu, HI)
  • Spoon & Stable (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Sushi Sho (Honolulu, HI)
  • Travail Kitchen & Amusements (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Vintage Cave Club (Honolulu, HI)
  • Willow’s Inn (Lummi Island, WA)