The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Commanders Palace










1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

http://www.commanderspalace.com/

There is no greater culinary experience in the world than dining at Sunday brunch at Commander''s Palace. Nothing comes close.  It is the most incredible dining experience I have ever had.  Coat and tie for the men, dresses for the ladies.  You arrive to a welcoming line of men and women in tuxedos, welcoming you by name.  You are escorted to one of many perfectly decorated rooms in an exquisite southern mansion.  We dined in the garden room, an all glass room overlooking their garden.  A small jazz trio went table to table taking requests.  Each dish of the twelve course meal was served to each person simultaneously.  The cocktails are perfectly made.  The dishes are outstanding, inventive, and a taste of culinary heaven.  Blue crab eggs benedict. Fried green tomatoes.  Bourbon French toast. Bread pudding soufflĂ©. The experience is one that every person who loves food should be able to enjoy.  Commanders Palace is a true culinary landmark of New Orleans and of America.

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