Gallery: The Best Things We Ate in July

  • Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, Thailand
    J. Kenji López-Alt

    "The Khao Soi at Lamduon Fahrm in Chiang Mai is pretty spectacular. Rich, fragrant, and deeply savory (no doubt with a little chemical assistance from a tub of MSG I spied in the open-air kitchen), with a mild heat and just a touch of sweetness. I spiked mine with a bit of extra fish sauce served tableside (I have a thing for funky, salty food). The whole thing is served with a plate of chopped Chinese pickled mustard root, some of those sweet and mild Thai shallots, and lime wedges. The chicken leg, which you eat by picking it apart with your chopsticks and a small metal spoon, is almost forgotten as you work your way through the broth, but it's as tender and flavorful as braised chicken should be." —J. Kenji López-Alt, Managing Culinary Director

    Dinner at Perla, NYC

    Alice Gao

    "I had a blowout birthday dinner at Perla, where I found myself seated before one round of mind-bogglingly delicious food after another. Meaty octopus over softened eggplant; generous dollops of chicken liver mousse smothered in marsala-caramelized cippoline onions; tender, funky slabs of beef tongue, and so on. But the real highlight proved a squid ink spaghetti studded with fresh corn and chunks of skate. The habañero-spiced sauce was profoundly, startlingly flavorful: richly briny-sweet and lightly creamy with a balanced undercurrent of heat. Truly a revelation."—Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor

    Panini at ‘ino in Florence, Italy

    Ben Fishner

    "I was in Italy this month, and ate more delicious things than I can really count. But the best meal we had on the trip was at ‘ino, a little panini shop that uses impeccably sourced ingredients that they treat like gold. Pictured here is the Hiro panini, with pecorino al pesto, tapenade, and pomodoro secchi (sundried tomatoes), and the special of the day, which featured fresh ricotta, salame rosa, and mostarda peperoni, which was a sort of sweet pepper relish (so good we bought a little jar of it home with us). Rounding out the meal was a plate of pickled veggies doused in olive oil, a glass of red wine, and a limonata. That all counts as one bite, right?"—Ben Fishner, Ad Sales Account Manager

    A Summer Farmers Market Salad

    Vicky Wasik

    "Vicky came back from a morning photo shoot at the Union Square farmers market with a wonderful summer haul: corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and cucumbers, which she proceeded to make into the perfect summer salad. Note to self: assign more vegetable photo shoots."—Max Falkowitz, National Editor

    Maine style lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound

    Vicky Wasik

    "I met up with a few friends at the Lower East Side outpost of Red Hook Lobster Pound for dinner on a hot July evening. I got this Maine-style lobster roll and a Bronx Summer Ale and was in heaven. For a second, I forgot I was on a side-street in Manhattan and was transported to a dock in Maine."—Vicky Wasik, Visual Editor

    Tripe, Florentine Style

    Leang Chaing

    "I love offal—give me chicken hearts on a skewer and I'm a happy camper. Florence is known for their tripe (Nerbone's lampredotto sandwiches are a must stop for any food enthusiast.) However, I still can't stop thinking about the bowl of tripe stewed in tomatoes and carrots for so long that each strand melted in my mouth. I can't stop remembering sopping up every bit of the sauce with crusty bread and going so far as to lick the bowl clean. And right now, I can't stop salivating."—Leang Chaing, Sales Operations Manager

    Grilled Lobster Tails With Butter and Soy Sauce at Home

    Shao Z.

    "Butter and soy sauce together make for one of my favorite flavor combinations. It's especially great on grilled foods like corn, steak, and seafood. Over the weekend I took advantage of a lobster tail sale. So I grabbed a few, threw them on the grill, basted it with butter and soy sauce, and topped it off with chopped scallions."—Shao Z., Contributor

    Hunan beef tripe with celery and hot peppers in Flushing

    Daniel Gritzer

    "My girlfriend and I went on a little food crawl in Flushing, Queens for my birthday. This plate of beef tripe with celery, hot peppers, garlic, and ginger at Flushing House was the highlight of the day. Spicy, satisfying, and refreshing at the same time."—Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director

    Ginger Scallion Noodles (tied between Great NY Noodletown and Momofuku Noodle Bar)

    Max Falkowitz

    "Though David Chang himself admits that his Ginger Scallion Noodles are an "homage to/out-and-out rip-off" of the Ginger Scallion Lo Mein at Noodletown, both versions of the dish are equally delicious. I appreciate the delicious simplicity of Noodletown's ginger, scallion, and hoisin combination, but Momofuku adds some class with mushrooms and quick-pickled cukes (and omits the hoisin). The battle between old-school and new-school could be endless, which I why I'd recommend trying both!"—Ben Miller, Intern

    Fish taco from Rockaway Taco, NYC

    Vicky Wasik

    "Beaching all day really works up an appetite, and in my opinion there's nothing better than a taco when extreme hunger strikes. Rockaway Taco makes a damn good one, filled with a crisp-fried cod filet, cabbage slaw, and creamy aioli. I paid extra for guacamole (worth it) and a generous helping of their free-for-the-taking spicy mole-esque salsa and pickled vegetables (from nearby Edgemere Farms). Perfect end to the perfect beach day."—Carolyn Mortell, Intern

    White Pizza at Pizzeria Beddia in Philly

    Drew Lazor

    "I've written Joe Beddia's teeny Philly pizzeria here on Serious Eats before, and I've eaten there more times than I care to admit. This very summery pie is way up there, though—heirloom cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, basil, cream, and bacon. The crust is the best. You won't miss the sauce."—Drew Lazor, Contributor

    Steamed Eggs at Buvette, NYC

    Maggie Hoffman

    "Buvette is one of my favorite places for breakfast in all of New York City. The cafe is just crammed with charm, and the food is ridiculously good. Case in point: soft clouds of steamed eggs showered with olive oil, piled onto grilled bread with juicy, deeply-flavored tomatoes, capers, and creamy cheese. It's a showstopper of a breakfast, and worth the (steep) price."—Maggie Hoffman, Senior Editor

    Double Down at Joe Beef, Montreal

    Aaron Arizpe

    "I made my way to up Montreal for a long weekend and was lucky enough to have dinner at Joe Beef. As a first timer, I felt obligated to order the Double Down, a fried foie gras sandwich drizzled with maple syrup. As good as the Double Down was, Joe Beef earned a spot on my short list of favorite restaurants for all the other aspects of the meal: fantastic service and an atmosphere that nails the sweet spot between a special occasion meal and a cozy neighborhood spot. I can't wait to go back and explore the rest of the menu."—Paul Cline, Developer

    Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

    Tracie Lee

    "I went to di Palo's across the street from the office for some fresh mozzarella—which is the best, by the way. Along with some fresh basil, tomatoes, sea salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, this salad was the perfect expression of summer. And so easy to make!"—Tracie Lee, Designer