Monday, August 13, 2007

'Bon Appetit' Features Seattle's Cremant

Bon Appetit magazine's September 2007 Restaurant issue features three finalists in a list of quintessential versions of six American classics: pizza, steak, tacos, hamburgers, fried chicken, and ribs. Winner will be announced on the Food Network on Aug. 18 (Good Eats with Alton Brown, 6 and 10 pm CDT). The finalists:

PIZZA: Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix; DiFara Pizza, Brooklyn, NY; Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles
STEAK: Peter Luger Steak House, Brooklyn; Cut, Los Angeles; Doe's Eat Place, Greenville, Miss.
TACOS: Taco Taco Cafe, San Antonio; Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta; South Beach Bar & Grill, Ocean Beach, Calif.
Hamburgers: Bobcate Bite, Santa Fe, NM; Taylor's Automatic Refresher, St. Helena, Calif; The Meers Store and Restaurant, Lawton, Okla.
FRIED CHICKEN: Willie Mae's Scotch House, New Orleans; Price's Chicken Coop, Charlotte, NC; Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
RIBS: Charles Vergos Rendezvous, Memphis; 17th Street Bar & Grill, Murphysboro, Ill; Jaspers, Plano, Texas.

The magazine also features favorite restaurant recipes, including: Lucia's in Minneapolis-St. Paul; Eve in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Somerville, Mass.; Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek, Ariz.; Kelly Liken Restaurant in Vail, Colo; Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles; and Park Kitchen in Portland, Ore. ... And the mag also features 12 small restaurants and their recipes, including: The Little Owl, New York City; The Good Fork, Brooklyn; La Laiterie at Farmstead, Providence, RI; Cremant, Seattle; Bonne Soiree, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Hatfield's, Los Angeles; Canteen, San Francisco; Revolver, Findlay, Ohio; Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore; and Komi, Washington, DC.

IN THE NEWS: Gretchen Mathers, an operating partner with Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and founder of restaurant chain Gretchen's of Course, died Aug. 7 in Seattle at age 66 after an ongoing struggle with cancer, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. ... The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives two and a half stars to Yama at the Galleria (Bellevue Galleria, 550 106th Ave. N.E.;, while Providence Cicero considers Don Chuy Latin Cuisine (19725 40th Ave. W., Lynnwood; ... Leson notes the recent openings of The Local Vine (2520 Second Ave., No. 113, Seattle;, and Julia's (1825 Queen Anne Ave. N.), the elimination of lunch at Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N.), the closing of Ebb n' Flow (2114 N. 45th St.), and the possible closing of troubled The Wellington, in Columbia City (4869 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, ... The PI's Leslie Kelly gives two stars to Opal (2 Boston St., and visits Pecos Pit (2260 First Ave. S.), Stell's (3310 Third Ave. W.), and The Crumpet Shop (1503 First Ave.). ... Seattle Weekly's Sean Ludwig visits Scoop Du Jour (4029 E. Madison St.), while Brad Hole blogs a visit to Palermo Gourmet Pizza (2005 NW Market Street,Ballard). ... stops by Latona Pub (6423 Latona Ave. NE, Seattle) and Szechuan Noodle Bowl in the International District.

Compiled by Pat Embry,

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