Restaurants to Neighborhood Favorites, 100 Top Chefs Tell
You Where (and How!) to Enjoy America's Best
by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
Who better to tell
you where to get the best hot dog in New York City, or to
find the best cup of coffee in Philadelphia, than chefs whose
very livelihoods depend on their tastebuds?
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is a cross-country journey through 28 major cities
chronicling the most beloved eateries of 100 of America's
leading chefs, from Rocco DiSpirito's beloved spot for pastrami
sandwiches in New York City to Charlie Trotter's favorite
Italian beef in Chicago. You'll learn why top chefs
rush to eat at Bizou in San Francisco and Uglesich's in New
Orleans (and what you shouldn't miss a taste of when you're
there!). The book is also a guide to top chefs' own
restaurants, as they share tips on what to order and how best
to enjoy the experience.
Leading professional chefs across America agree that the most important aspect of a professional chef's development is eating out. What most of the general public does for sustenance, and many restaurant lovers do for entertainment, is the lifeblood of an ambitious chef's professional development.
To that end, CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is packed with informative sidebars such as Mario Batali's "Personal Interpretation of Italian Cuisine" (including the five key ingredients for anyone cooking Italian food), Frank Brigtsen's "Eating Oysters in New Orleans," and Barbara Tropp on "How to Order and Eat in a Chinese Restaurant."
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT
"An indispensable restaurant guide for cross-country chowing."
— BON APPETIT
"CHEF'S NIGHT OUT records celebrity chefs' picks of their
personal favorite restaurants in America's major cities.
A boon for the foodie traveler, this guide reflects what chefs
admire most in one another. It's not always the critically
acclaimed places that get chefs' notice; these professionals
appreciate the kinds of foods that have local importance,
good eats not duplicated elsewhere."
"One of the best...CHEF'S NIGHT OUT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page is an excellent insider's guide."
— FREQUENT FLYER
"There is no
more pervasive foodie urge than to know a fabulous restaurant
that only true devotees have discovered. And who better
to guide you there than a great chef? In CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, top restaurateurs coast-to-coast reveal
their secret favorites. Sample: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
eats at Pho Bang, the Vietnamese soup shop on Mott Street."
— NEW YORK
hip writing team of Dornenburg and Page style their sophisticated
yet democratic guidebook to chefs' favorite restaurants as
a peek into today's great culinary minds....Their purpose
is to inform devoted foodies how to savor a meal the way the
big boys (and gals) do, and why it is critical for would-be
chefs to do so. Then, arranged alphabetically by city
(there are 28 in all), chefs offer their candidates for the
best in popular categories (pizza, bagels, etc.) as well as
where they like to catch a quiet bite after a long, hard day
or luxuriate on their day off....Sidebars and personal stories
are the real gems, such as Rick Bayless's sweet tale of saving
money when he was 12 to go eat at a fancy Oklahoma City restaurant."
"This Week's Best-Selling
Cookbooks...CHEF'S NIGHT OUT: One hundred
chefs across the country pick their favorite local restaurants
and offer tips on what to order. A short biography of each
chef and a personal description of their own restaurant's
food precedes their picks."
— THE SAN
"Tasty dish: In CHEF'S NIGHT OUT Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page serve
up restaurant recommendations from the nation's most prominent
cooks and restaurateurs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten,
Lydia Shire and Daniel Boulud (who likes the coal-oven-baked
pizza at Lombardi's in Manhattan)."
"This book is packed with indispensable advice from the front line on dining out in the U.S. — from the chefs themselves! We all know that chefs are discriminating diners but do they eat luxuriously all the time? Not at all. CHEF'S NIGHT OUT will introduce you to notable restaurants in American cities and includes insider information such as where to score the 'perfect breakfast' or 'leisurely lunch.' The chefs' personal observations are gracious and illuminating, peppered with a good measure of gossip, making this book a terrific travelling companion."
— BARBARA-JO'S BOOKS TO COOKS (Vancouver)
"CHEF'S NIGHT OUT answers, beautifully, my favorite question
for fellow chefs: Where do you like to eat and why?"
Batali, chef-partner, Babbo, Esca, Lupa and Otto
Andrew have done it again! Their work is delicious —
what fun to learn where great chefs eat. The only thing
better than reading about leading chefs' favorite restaurants
in CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is to visit them with Dornenburg
Bratton, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and Rikki
Klieman, Court TV anchor and author of Fairy Tales Can
"It wasn't just [Calvin] Trillin's article that sent me on a mission into the Mission; a couple of other recent publications had made me hungry for antojitos, too. The useful book CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, questions 100 'top chefs' about their favorite American eateries 'from four-star restaurants to neighborhood favorites.' Traci des Jardins mentions La Taqueria (one that Trillin skips), and Mario Battali votes for Taqueria San Jose #2 ('Why #2? Because it's better than #3')."
— Meredith Brody, SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
"From San Francisco
to Boston, Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page have created a
must-have guide for the most discriminating palates."
Willie L. Brown, Jr., Mayor of San Francisco
"CHEF'S NIGHT OUT lets readers in on 100 chefs’ favorite restaurants
and neighborhood cafes. Two Houston chefs — Robert Del Grande
and Monica Pope — are included in this book. Their local choices
may surprise you: Among Del Grande’s favorites are Otilia’s
Mexican, Goode Co. Barbecue and Beck’s Prime; Pope’s list
includes Ashiana Indian, El Meson and La Vista."
Byrne-Dodge, MY TABLE (Houston)
"The #1 foodie
gift book of the year. Have you ever wondered where
chefs eat on their night off? It would only make sense that
people so passionate about food would search out the best
places to eat. While I'm often left cold by critical restaurant
reviews, this books reads more like good friends sharing their
best restaurant finds — if those friends happen to be America's
top chefs (the panel includes such luminaries as Charlie Trotter,
Paul Bertolli, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Mario
Batali, Nancy Silverton, Rick Bayless, Bobby Flay, Daniel
Boulud, Todd English, Jacques Torres and Hans Rockenwagner)."
you find room in your luggage for this brimming-with-insider-information
tome on the best eating out venues in America. I wouldn't
leave home without it."
Desaulniers, chef, The Trellis (Williamsburg, VA)
engaging and comprehensive view of dining for pleasure.
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is a must for every discerning
Ducasse, chef-owner, Alain Ducasse New York
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT really interesting is reading
why the chefs like to eat at a certain restaurant — understanding
what a great chef thinks makes a great restaurant serves up
an unusual learning experience...Stephen Beckta, sommelier
of Cafe Boulud, [is interviewed for] an outstanding piece
unveiling his wine philosophies; his three-page [interview]
alone makes the book worth picking up."
"What a fantastic
resource! These are the kinds of places where we get
all our inspiration. We can hardly wait to start tasting!"
Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, chefs-owners, Border Grill
and Ciudad (Los Angeles)
they write reflects Karen and Andrew's passion for great food
and their affection for the people who create and celebrate
it. Where do chefs eat? Of course I want to know."
Greene, long-time restaurant critic, NEW YORK
"Owner Miguel Jara opened the northern La Taqueria in San Francisco's Mission District in 1973, and once had plans to fill in El Camino Real with taquerias. That would be fine with many people. Now his two taquerias are nationally noted as foodie favorites, featured in such publications as the book CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, Sunset magazine and an upcoming issue of National Geographic."
— Sheila Himmel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"In last year's
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, authors Andrew Dornenburg
and Karen Page asked scores of chefs about the most important
meals of their lives. 'Chez Panisse was the single most frequently
mentioned restaurant.' they write.' Over the last 30 years,
it seems every self-respecting American chef has, for the
same reason, made a pilgrimage.'"
Hum, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
Kansas City's Best Eats: Ever wonder where top chefs
eat when they're off work? James Beard Award-winning authors
Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page did, so they interviewed
100 highly regarded chefs in 26 cities and compiled their
findings in a new book, CHEF'S NIGHT OUT.
The Kansas City entry lists picks by executive chefs Michael
Smith and Debbie Gold of The American Restaurant, 25th and
may be the ultimate insider's guide to eating out. A
copy of CHEF'S NIGHT OUT will live in my carry-on
to dip into while in transit, and to feast from when I arrive."
Rossetto Kasper, host of public radio's "The Splendid
are revealed in CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, a sort of
Zagat of toques...In it, 100 of the nation's most highly regarded
chefs chew the fat on their favorite restaurants —
from four-star shrines to local dives —
plus provide tips on how to enjoy the dining out experience."
Kilian, THE NEW YORK POST
Award-winning husband-and-wife author team Andrew Dornenburg
and Karen Page has a new book that is a must-have for every
chef and food enthusiast who lives and dines in America. CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is the first 'on the record' inside story
by professional chefs about eating, as opposed to cooking."
when your friend recommends a restaurant, but even better
when that friend happens to be one of the top chefs in America.
If you don't have such well-placed acquaintances, you'd be
wise to pick up CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, which answers
one simple question: Where do great chefs go when they want
to eat out?"
really need a compelling reason to visit a restaurant —
the food, the scene, a signature dish, value,' notes
Karen Page, co-author with Andrew Dornenburg of the restaurant
guide CHEF'S NIGHT OUT."
Kulman, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
new restaurant guide out — but this time, the
critics are the top chefs themselves....Ever wonder where
some of America's great chefs go to chow down after hours?
Where Charlie Trotter or Jean Joho make it a point of dining
when they're in Los Angeles or New York? Or even if
any of these distinguished restaurateurs ever sneak a Big
Mac or crave a Krispy Kreme? All these questions, and
lots more, are answered in CHEF'S NIGHT OUT,
a new book by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page...Filled with
great stories...Really fun...This book is a really good read!"
Lautmann, 848, WBEZ-FM (Chicago Public Radio)
"... I was
thumbing through the new book CHEF'S NIGHT OUT
and noticed that Etats-Unis was listed as a favorite haunt
of Tom Colicchio (Gramercy Tavern/Craft) and Eric Ripert (Le
Le Draoulec, James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic,
THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
and Karen Page's CHEF'S NIGHT OUT covers major cities
in America and the prime chefs giving you the highlights of
each city. In Memphis, the world of barbecue, go to Corky's
B-B-Q Restaurant or Payne's BBQ. In New York, Balthazar seems
to be the place of choice."
Martinson, TV host, "Connie Martinson Talks Books"
is packed with indispensable advice from the front line on
dining out in the U.S. — from the chefs themselves! We all
know that chefs are discriminating diners but do they eat
luxuriously all the time? Not at all. CHEF'S NIGHT OUT will introduce you to notable restaurants in
American cities and includes insider information such as where
to score the 'perfect breakfast' or 'leisurely lunch.'
The chefs’ personal observations are gracious and illuminating,
peppered with a good measure of gossip, making this book a
terrific travelling companion."
McIntosh, owner, Books to Cooks (Vancouver)
"CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is also a winemaker's delight, proving
that often the best wine lists are where the best food is."
Mondavi, owner, Robert Mondavi Winery
"One of the hottest food books in the nation."
— Paul Franson, THE NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
"The authors of BECOMING A CHEF, CULINARY ARTISTRY and DINING OUT are at it again. This time, they interviewed 100 top chefs to find out their personal favorite restaurants in 26 cities. From fine dining to modest ethnic restaurants to beloved fast-food spots, chefs such as Mario Batali, Paul Bertolli, Charlie Trotter, Rocco DiSpirito, and Rick Bayless weigh in with their top restaurant pics. Through their interviews, the authors discovered the chefs' firm belief that dining out is as important as — if not more important than — cooking school for a chef's educational and professional development.."
— NATIONAL CULINARY REVIEW
"Who else can
tell you where to eat in town? From burgers to foie
gras, this book of chef recommendations is a must for any
Pence, chef-owner, Caprial's Bistro
"[CHEF'S NIGHT OUT] offers top chefs' picks for local dining, and
the real finds are relatively unknown holes-in-the-wall.
Anyone for Mr. Beef? I learned of [chef Charlie] Trotter's
fondness for Mr. Beef from a new book called CHEF'S NIGHT OUT by the husband and wife food-writer
team of Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. The authors had
the inspired idea of asking 100 top American chefs where and
what they like to eat when they have a night off and don't
want to cook. If you travel a lot on business and like good
food, I recommend consulting the book before you head out
on a trip to any major city, from Atlanta to Washington, DC."
Peterson, BUSINESS WEEK
where chefs go when they eat out, what they look for in a
restaurant, and what we can learn from approaching food as
they do? Wonder no more because Andrew Dornenburg and Karen
Page have interviewed 100 of America's top chefs and asked
them not only where they eat out, but why they eat out in
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT...More than 500 restaurants are
included, so don't leave home without checking in with the
pros on eating out."
Pratt, BOOK PAGE
"For a man
from out of town, CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is exactly
the book I would look for — an easy, friendly,
concise guide to the right places to eat, with the authority
of professionals behind it."
Ramsay, chef-owner, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (London)
and Page have unearthed the secrets of the restaurant business
and made every reader an insider. It's fascinating to
hear chefs talk about how they taste and evaluate others'
restaurants, and it will be irresistible to track down their
favorites and try them yourself."
Richman, long-time restaurant critic, THE WASHINGTON POST
"It may be
the equivalent of taking coals to Newcastle, but top chefs
do eat at restaurants other than their own once in a while.
If you've ever wondered where the likes of Charlie Trotter
or Paul Bartoletta go for a pleasant dining experience in
Chicago, tune in tonight as we welcome Andrew Dornenburg and
Karen Page, authors of CHEF'S NIGHT OUT."
Rosenberg, host, "Extension 720" - WGN Radio
and Karen Page are perhaps the most serious and discriminating
of the younger food writers. CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is a book not to be missed."
Schorner, professor, The Culinary Institute of America
their own stoves, where do Washington area chefs like to break
bread? CHEF'S NIGHT OUT, a new guide to dining
recommendations from 100 top toques around the United States,
finds that Bob Kinkead of Kinkead's likes the crabs at Cantler's
Riverside Inn in Annapolis as well as the pupusas at Atylacyl
in Gaithersburg....And if he's thinking French, Michel Richard
gravitates toward Bistro Francais and Bistrot Lepic, both
in Georgetown. So far, pleasantly predictable picks. But an
amusing revelation caught our eyes on page 289, where Patrick
O'Connell shares his appreciation for the baked potatoes at
Wendy's and — wait! there's more! — the chicken breasts
at Burger King. Inquiring minds called the Inn at Little Washington
— Tom Sietsema,
THE WASHINGTON POST
"Sort of a
'busman's holiday' guide to interesting restaurants in major
U.S. cities. Where does Stephan Pyles of Dallas' Star
Canyon restaurant go when he wants to eat out? How about Jamie
Shannon of Commander's Palace in New Orleans? As it happens,
Pyles is a devotee both of The Mansion on Turtle Creek (a
hyper-expensive yuppie haven) and Mia's Tex-Mex on Lemmon
Avenue, where I used to go myself occasionally for the terrific
pork tamales. Likewise, Shannon loves both Bayona and Brigtsen's,
at the high end of the eco-culinary scale, and the classic
muffulettas at Central Grocery at the lower end. Which tells
you that good chefs like a nice cholesterol-wallow, just like
the rest of us...It's a great browse, worth picking up to
check the professionals' ratings against your own opinions."
Smith, editor, THE LOUISIANA GENEALOGICAL REGISTER
"In this city-by-city guide, great chefs show you where to find great eats. While the fine dining recommendations won't surprise anyone (we all know Nobu works wonders with raw fish), the out-of-the-way joints and insider tips give this book a culinary advantage."
— Lori Stacy, AMERICAN WAY
"[CHEF'S NIGHT OUT] looks fabulous, and I can't wait to eat
my way through it."
O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman, The New York Times Company
BESTSELLERS: Andrew Dornenburg and Karen
Page offer a clever guide to neighbor restaurants in CHEF'S NIGHT OUT: From Four-Star Restaurants to Neighborhood Favorites:
100 Top Chefs Tell You Where (and How!) to Enjoy America's
Best (John Wiley & Sons, $29.95). Dornenburg
and Page interviewed more than 100 top chefs in
28 cities across the country — from Miami to
Honolulu. They spoke with some of America's top chefs —
including Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Chicago), Daniel Boulud
(Restaurant Daniel, New York), Susan Feniger and Mary Sue
Milliken (Border Grill and Ciudad, Los Angeles), and Lydia
Shire (Biba and Pignoli, Boston). These culinary stars share
their insights about where to dine and how to maximize the
dining experience in more than 25 of the nation's top restaurants.
The book includes a special section entitled '10 Steps to
Educating a Palate,' which can help make anyone a better diner
— and even a better cook. Dornenburg
and Page also are the authors of BECOMING A CHEF, which won a 1996 James Beard Book Award."
— Susan Swagler, BIRMINGHAM (AL) NEWS
guide is on shelves, along with book of chefs' choices:
CHEF'S NIGHT OUT."
— THE NEW
"CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is my new reference for dining out around
the country. If you love eating out, get this book!"
Trotter, chef-owner, Charlie Trotter's
"Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page present the wisdom of the nation's top chefs about their favorite places to eat across the United States in CHEF'S NIGHT OUT: From Four-Star Restaurants to Neighborhood Favorites. CHEF'S NIGHT OUT includes a special section entitled, '10 Steps to Educating a Palate,' as well as sidebars providing readers with information about local and ethnic cuisines, matching foods with wines, ordering more creatively and knowledgeably in any type of restaurant, and more. This is the perfect gift for the gourmand in your life."
— The Twig Book Shop / San Antonio, Texas
around 1985, chefs finally started to learn a way to both
cook and still see a bit of the world. It was a slow
process, like learning to live 'on the outside,' in certain
vernaculars. Stop worrying about looking to just the
journalists ('the guards'!) to talk about the world of food
— the inmates are running the asylum, and they know just where
to get anything you want! Here it is: CHEF'S NIGHT OUT. Make a break for it!"
Van Aken, chef-owner, Norman's (Coral Gables, FL)
"In 28 cities
across the U.S., you can eat where the people who really know
food love to dine. CHEF'S NIGHT OUT is
my new secret weapon when traveling. Thank you, Andrew
Zuboff, professor, Harvard Business School and author,
THE SUPPORT ECONOMY
Among the restaurants
so proud of their inclusion in CHEF'S NIGHT OUT that
they mention it on their menus or Web sites or on their premises
— Big Nick's
Burger Joint (New York, NY)
and Decanter (Phoenix, AZ)
(New York, NY)
(New York, NY)
Donuts (Kansas City, MO)
(New York, NY)
— Mad Pizza
Oyster Bar (New York, NY)
— Pho Bang
(New York, NY)
Chocolates (New York, NY)
DONUTS FEATURED IN NEW BOOK,
LINCOLN, NE, MARCH
9, 2001-- LaMar's Donuts, headquartered here, has been included
in the James Beard Award-winning authors Andrew Dornenburg
and Karen Page's new book, CHEF'S NIGHT OUT (John
Wiley & Sons; $29.95). Dornenburg and Page
interviewed 100 highly regarded chefs in 26 cities, asking
each chef where he or she eats when off work, and the authors
compiled their findings in the newly released book, available
at bookstores nationwide. The Kansas City entry lists picks
by executive chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold of The American
Restaurant on 25th and Grand Ave. The husband-and-wife team
cited LaMar's Donuts for "the best glazed doughnuts."
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