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Burgers from GQ's Ten Best New Restaurants in America

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 1 comment

Burger from Grüner. [Photograph: Adam Lindsley] In the January 2011 issue of GQ, Alam Richman names the ten best new restaurants in the US. Although Richman doesn't mention it, two of those restaurants serve burgers—and we happen to have... 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

GQ Lists Top Ten US Food Trucks; Van Leeuwen and Cravings Make The List

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Further proof that Top X lists are in the business of stirring controversy rather than making defensible claims, GQ names their 10 Best Food Trucks—and in New York, only ">Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream and Cravings make the list.... 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

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 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

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

Men's Magazines Get Serious About Food

Sarah Wolf 4 comments

The Kitchn recently praised men's magazines for getting more serious about food, from articles by Mark Bittman in Men's Health to Esquire's recipe for spaghetti and lobster. But, as The Kitchn points out, "these are still men's magazines," which means they have their own special angle on food writing. Sometimes that makes their articles all the more entertaining—after proclaiming David Chang the most important chef of 2007, GQ quotes him as saying, "My partner gets to kick me in the balls if he catches me wearing those reflective silvered sunglasses that asshole Europeans wear indoors. I can do the same to him." Nevertheless, GQ knows what its audience really wants—their "article" about model-turned-chef Padma Lakshmi is basically just a photo... More

Let the Bad Times Roll: Richman eats New Orleans

Ed Levine 3 comments

Alan Richman is a colleague and friend. He is one of our greatest and most celebrated food writers. He is a professional curmudgeon who can be pointed and funny when he sets his sights on appropriate targets. All of that being said, Richman has written a slothful, meanspirited, and myopic piece about New Orleans food, restaurants, and culture in the November GQ. I could go on and on about Richman's shamefully skewed view of New Orleans. But another friend and colleague, Brett Anderson, has written an extremely insightful and cogent response. Please read Richman's piece and Anderson's response and decide for yourself. Chezpim also weighed in on this weighty topic.... More

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