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Next and Ruxbin Make GQ's National Top Ten New Restaurant List

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Other cities may be wondering why their restaurants didn't make the list, but Alan Richman included two very worthy Chicago spots. Both Next and Ruxbin made the list. More

Alan Richman, M. Wells, and the State of Service

New York Ed Levine 22 comments

All day, the food world has been talking about GQ food critic Alan Richman's article "Diner for Schmucks"—in which he soon-to-shutter M. Wells, the boundary-pushing restaurant in American diner clothing in Long Island City, Queens. More

San Francisco's Flour + Water One of '10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S.'

Slice Adam Kuban 1 comment

San Francisco, your pizza scene is on fire. Says GQ food critic (and noted pizza obsessive) Alan Richman. More

GQ's Burger of the Year: Umami Burger in Los Angeles

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 6 comments

In the December issue of GQ, food writer Alan Richman gives Umami Burger in Los Angeles the title of Burger of the Year. Richman admits he doesn't care much for the L.A. burger culture, but says this about Umami Burger's founder Adam Fleischman: "His face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the burger world." More

New Jersey's Santillo's Serves a Timeline of Pizza History

Slice Adam Kuban 10 comments

GQ's Alan Richman wrote an entertaining, makes-you-wanna-go-there-right-away piece about Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Santillo's is a place that makes pizzas by decade, so you can order a pizza as it was made there in 1940, 1957, 1964, etc., conceivably eating your way through an evolutionary timeline of pizza. More

Video: Eric Ripert Visits Costco on 'Avec Alan'

Robyn Lee 35 comments

In the first installment of Avec Alan, GQ's food critic Alan Richman introduces French chef Eric Ripert to the wonders and horrors of Costco. How does the fluorescent light-filled warehouse club make make Ripert feel? Not so good: I am freaked out. Costco depresses me. I know everybody doesn't have the same opportunities I do to visit farm stands and little markets, but I will fight to the end for inspirational shopping. Costco doesn't even look like it belongs on our planet. It could be on the moon. It has no relationship to the outside world as I know it. The lighting, the temperature, the outrageous abundance. The store has no life and no contact with anything that comes... More

A Mini San Francisco Pizza Jaunt: Does Alan Richman Know His Bay Area Pizza?

Slice Ed Levine 26 comments

"I would be happy eating a Delfina pizza every day of my life, but it probably would never make me jump for pizza joy." Pizzeria Delfina is Alan Richman's No. 3 U.S. pizzeria. Last week I took advantage of a quick-turnaround, 36-hour trip to San Francisco to try a couple of much-ballyhooed San Francisco pizzerias, Pizzeria Delfina and Gialina. San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer took me to Gialina (many thanks, Michael) and I took myself to Pizzeria Delfina because, well, because that's what I do--try pizzerias near and far. And much to Mr. Kuban's chagrin, Mr. Bauer blogged... More

More Richman—This Time He Takes on Grimaldi's, Patsy's, and Di Fara

Slice Adam Kuban 21 comments

Admittedly, the previous item I blogged about was a week old*, and in that time Alan Richman has moved on to writing about some old standbys. He posted his thoughts yesterday on Grimaldi's (DUMBO), Patsy's (East Harlem), and Di Fara (Midwood). Again, let's take them in order. On Grimaldi's: The oven is just right, but the crusts are merely okay—they have a fresh, bready smell, but to me they’re a little too thick and slightly too soft, somewhat undercooked. The tomato sauce is vibrant and essential, which means the white pizzas are best skipped. These basically consist of soft, melted... More

Alan Richman on Tonda, Ignazio's, and Emporio

Slice Adam Kuban 1 comment

Hot off his GQ Top 25 Pizza List, Alan Richman (right) takes on a few recently opened NYC pizzerias—Tonda (East Village), Ignazio's (DUMBO), and Emporio (Nolita). Let's take them in order. On Tonda: The toppings here are overly ambitious yet flavorsome, but the crusts are flabby, tasteless, barely charred, and lacking the puffy outside ring that is reminiscent of a true Naples pie. My favorite menu item by far was the arancini, listed under “Neapolitan Street Food” but as far as I know found just about everywhere in Italy. These little rice balls were wonderfully crunchy, the only item we... More

Reactions to the 'GQ' Top 25 Pizza List

Slice Adam Kuban 17 comments

In lieu of a Leftovers roundup today, I'm just going to give you an overview of what people in various cities are saying about Alan Richman's Top 25 pizza list. Alan Richman with his controversial list. Chicago Pizza Club: "... Like so many critics from outside of Chicago, Richman entirely dismisses deep dish and stuffed pizza." Chicago Tribune: Great Lake, "a notoriously slow pizzeria in Andersonville will become even slower." Detroit Free Press: "Detroit is the third-best pizza city in America... To make the accolade sweeter, Chicago came in fourth." Eater LA: Why L.A.'s Mozza didn't make the cut. Houston... More

How to Skoal with Style and Grace

Adam Kuban 9 comments

Alan Richman, "GQ" magazine food writer. Visiting Sweden? Hope to impress a Swede? Just want to appear worldly and stylish? The French Culinary Institute's Cooking Issues blog has been posting an ongoing series of photos it calls the Skål!/Skoal! Project that can school you in one small social custom. The series includes such food-world luminaries as Jeffrey Steingarten, Harold McGee, Wylie Dufresne, and Alan Richman (above), who has perhaps the most extreme skål to date. More pix after the jump.... More

Alan Richman Names Top 25 Pizzas in the U.S.

Slice Adam Kuban 108 comments

Chicago Upstart Great Lake Has Country's Best Pizza Alan Richman (left) and Lucali proprietor-pizzaiolo Mark Iacono (right) hold a copy of the June 2009 issue of "GQ" in front of Iacono's Lucali (the No. 2 pizza in the U.S.) at press event celebrating the story's May 19 publication. The issue contains Richman's "American Pie," a list of the top 25 pizzerias in the country. In the June issue of GQ, food writer extraordinaire Alan Richman ranks the top 25 pizzas in the U.S. after visiting what he considers the top 10 pizza cities in the country. The story is much... More

GQ's Alan Richman Visits Mario Batali's Tarry Lodge, Digs the Pizza

Slice Adam Kuban 1 comment

Tarry Lodge. It's Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's sorta newish restaurant in Port Chester, New York, that features pizza on its menu. Alan Richman says: Tarry Lodge is one of the most interesting pizzerias in New York. The crusts are thin, charred, toothsome, and just a bit too chewy—you’re unlikely to finish off every bit of your puffy outer ring. The toppings—I tried four—are creative and triumphant. Not one dud. They include spicy salami and porcini; truffles, pig cheek, and egg; meatballs and jalapeño peppers; and a clam pie that is unlike any other clam pizza I’ve tried, which means... More

GQ's Alan Richman Visits Co. and Motorino

Slice Adam Kuban 11 comments

The Margherita at Co. GQ's Alan Richman offers an entertaining take on two recently opened pizzerias, Co. and Motorino. (He says Mayor Bloomberg should stimulate the city's economy by opening more pizzerias.) On Co., Richman says: The pizza at Co. is produced by Jim Lahey of the revered Sullivan St Bakery and answers this question: If pizza is essentially crust, and if crust is essentially bread, and if Lahey is possibly the finest bread-maker in New York, shouldn’t the pizza at Co. be superb? This is not a trick question. The pizza is, for the most part, exactly that.... More

A Glimpse Into Alan Richman's Food Writing Class at FCI

New York Allison Hemler 5 comments

Alan Richman wants you to know his thoughts on writing and how they extend to all kinds of journalism, not just in the food industry. He doesn't want writing to be exhausting, hates throw away "quick bite" type entries,... More

Alan Richman on Porchetta

New York Adam Kuban Post a comment

I've only had the porchetta from Porchetta that Ed Levine has brought in to the SE home office. It was amazing. Alan Richman's take makes me want to head over there for dinner tonight: There’s not much in my... More

The Ten Best Burgers in America According to Men's Fitness—I Mean Zagat

A Hamburger Today Ed Levine 13 comments

No, not really. Men's Fitness has just published its list of the ten best burgers in the country. Only it's not their list—it's a Zagat-driven list. So the sub-head of the piece is totally misleading: "We searched high and... More

Biased New Yorkers Shouldn't Criticize Chicago Hot Dogs

Chicago Michael Nagrant 17 comments

Photograph from roboppy on Flickr New York food critic Alan Richman should not be writing about Chicago hot dogs. But, that's what happened in his GQ piece last week, as we've previously mentioned. Richman swooped into the Windy City,... More

Alan Richman Doesn't Really Like Chicago Hot Dogs, Ouch

Chicago Ed Levine 18 comments

Photograph from roboppy on Flickr GQ columnist Alan Richman hit what his Chicago hot dog-loving buddy called the dozen best franks in that hot dog-crazed town, but he didn't seem to love any. In fact, after reading his story... More

Alan Richman's Top Five New York Burgers

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 4 comments

Shake ShackBig Nick's Burger & Pizza JointBlue SmokeBurger Joint at Le Parker MeridienPeter Luger And you gotta love Richman for some of his inspired wandering within his blurbs. On Big Nick's: Thank goodness for the internet. For almost two decades... More

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