Standing in the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park, #1 in 2017 Worlds 50 Best Restaurants

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.

UPCOMING

  • Japan (March 2019)
    • Sushi Harasho (Osaka, Japan)
    • Hajime (Osaka, Japan)
    • Kikunoi Roan (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Hyotei (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Sumibi Kappo Ifuki (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Kappo Chihiro (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Kagurazaka Ishikawa (Tokyo, Japan)
    • Ryugin (Tokyo, Japan)

PLACES I’VE BEEN

  • Three Michelin Stars
    • 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)
    • Kikunoi Honten (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Le Bernardin (New York, NY)
    • Per Se (New York, NY)
    • Saison (San Francisco, CA)
  • Two Michelin Stars
    • Acadia (Chicago, IL)
    • Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago, IL)
    • Fujiya 1935 (Osaka, Japan)
    • Providence (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Shunsaiten Tsuchiya (Osaka, Japan)
  • One Michelin Star
    • Blackbird (Chicago, IL)
    • Commis (Oakland, CA)
    • 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)
  • Other Notable Restaurants
    • 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)