I’m going to devote my blogs for the next few weeks to My Favorite Things. Up first–my top three restaurants of all time. Over the years I’ve eaten in some really good places, so it was a challenge to narrow it down to three. Unfortunately two of them aren’t in the US, so I haven’t been to them in a long time–but the memories of the meals I’ve enjoyed in them do not fade.
My #3 favorite restaurant–The Bone Island Grill. This is a local restaurant near where we live in ATL and we love it. Not only is the food delicious, but we love their weekly trivia night. Prizes are gift certificates to the restaurant (that you can use for that night’s dinner!) and we always have tons of fun there. Excellent food and fun games–can’t beat that!
#2–Casa Paco in Madrid, Spain. I used to frequently travel to Madrid and on every visit I’d make it a point to go to this fabulous establishment. It’s where I’ve eaten The Best Steak EVER. I haven’t been to Spain in years, so I can only report on how it was the last time I was there–only waiters (no waitresses), photos of the owner Paco (a dapper older man who walked through the restaurant chatting with the patrons) posing with hundreds of celebrities (these photos took up every bit of wall space). Fabulous garlic soup and flan. And the house red wine will render you giggly in three sips. The waiters run up and down the narrow staircases delivering sizzling platters of the tenderest beef on the planet. Ooooh–I can almost taste it now!
And my #1 favorite restaurant–Casa Botin in Madrid, Spain. This place was also a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. Their specialty is roast suckling pig and if you like pork, it’s the best you’ll ever have. The rooms are dimly lit and atmospheric, lined with fieldstones, and it’s fabulously rustic. The sangria comes in earthenware pitchers you can buy (and you should) and like the house wine at Casa Paco, the sangria will put a sonrisa (smile) on your face. If you’re ever in Madrid, you MUST go here.
So how about you? What are your top three fave restaurants? Any restaurants that you’d love to visit? Hope your week is going well!