While some people eat to live, there are definitely others who live to eat. If you have a passion for fine cuisine, it can make sense for you to visit locales known for their popular dishes. For instance, you may simply wish to travel to Thailand to indulge in great Thai food, or you may want to try out the food truck sensation of the California coast. Traveling for generalized food ideas and sensation are one thing, but pinpointing a chef is another.
If your passion is in the individuality of cuisine, knowing a chef’s specialty and traveling to taste it makes perfect sense. With Michelin Star ratings and James Beard awards, it has become easier to decipher which chefs are really on the “cutting edge” of culinary arts. Included here are a few restaurants that may be worth the trip!
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, the Oceanaire offers excellence in fresh seafood to all in the San Diego area. Located close to the Pacific ocean, the seafood is so fresh menus have to be printed daily to encompass the most recent catches. From bleu cheese buttered swordfish to escargot in burgundy butter, the Oceanaire will challenge even the most pristine of palates.
Traveling to the Oceanaire can be an exciting experience and there are plenty of high end areas to stay during your culinary adventure. Taking up residence at a resort nearby can offer the highest quality in comfort and relaxation after you gorge yourself on fresh, ocean-caught delicacies.
For fans of the television show, Top Chef, finding out where the winners go after the competition can be as important as the competition itself. If you bonded with Canadian Top Chef winner, Carl Heinrich, you may want to visit his new restaurant, Richmond Station, located in Toronto, Canada. With housemade charcuterie and tasty tempura-fried lobster, Heinrich is bringing new elements to the Canadian culinary scene.
Before heading out of the Great North, you may want to try the meaty establishment in Montreal known as Joe Beef. Crazy chefs Morin and McMillan were featured on Anthony Bourdain’s travel show as they indulged in meat and booze fueled escapades in the “City of Saints.” Be prepared to beef up if you head to this culinary joint, and leave your vegetarian ideals at home!
Another great restaurant that understands the value of animal protein is a joint in Los Angeles simply called Animal. Caterers Shook and Dotolo opened this hip restaurant to utilize all parts of the edible beast and create twists on commonly consumed grub. From poutine topped with oxtail-gravy and buffalo-style pig tails, Animal is sure to give you an in-depth look at the tail to snout movement.