Chefs get the question all the time: What would be on the blowout menu of your dreams? So after plenty of good eating over 2006 and the first month and a half of 2007, we decided to mull the question ourselves. Only food from local restaurants and purveyors were considered fair game—we left out our favorite home-cooked and out-of-town dishes so you can sample everything you want (though many restaurant menus change frequently, so some of the dishes may not be currently available). And don't forget to let us know in the comments section what would be on the menu for your fantasy dinner.
Salmon tartare with curry oil and caviar at Farrah Olivia Poppyseed rolls at Inn at Little Washington Semolina-dusted fried Chesapeake oysters at Inn at Easton Vegetable pot au feu with coddled egg at Palena Channa batura at Saravana Palace Jalapeno-pickled tomatoes at Blue Duck Tavern Sizzling prawns in coconut juice at Viet Royale Black sea bass with fennel and chorizo at Mendocino Grille Bronzino with Sunset Beach oysters and basil at Maestro T-bone toro at CityZen 72-hour capretto with polenta, with brussels sprouts and pancetta at Komi Duck with cinnamon and port wine reduction at Citronelle Greek donuts with mascarpone and chocolate cream at Komi
Tuna sliders from PS7’s Fontina cheese fondue with polenta quenelles and black truffles from Maestro Sunchoke puree with preserved lemon from Charlie Palmer Steak Marinated California artichokes and salsify with bacon, Maldon black pepper, and Parmesan dressing from 2941 Deconstructed Brazilian feijoada with pork belly, collard ribbons, and oranges from Cafe Atlantico Chicken tagine with dates and sauteed onions from Taste of Morocco Buttermilk panna cotta from Restaurant Eve
Sweet Basil cocktail from PX A breadbasket filled with Yuengling popovers from CityZen, buttermilk biscuits from Buzz, and a baguette from 2941 Shocked tuna from Farrah Olivia Calamari stew on crostini from Obelisk Tongue hash with Bearnaise sauce and a quail egg from CityZen Lobster stew with chestnuts and sunchokes from Palena Pork rib chop with bourbon peaches at Blue Duck Tavern Mount Tam cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, Bonne Bouche cheese from EatBar Banana pudding from Johnny's Half Shell Canelles from Shoebox Oven
The Mule cocktail from PX House-cured olives from Komi Mascarpone-stuffed dates from Komi White tuna and scallop nigiri from Kotobuki Faux gras terrine from Central Roast chicken from Palena Chalow sabsi (spinach) and chalow kadu (pumpkin) from Faryab Mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and pistachios from Blue Duck Tavern Warm chocolate tart with peppermint ice cream from Colorado Kitchen
Salmon cake with eggs over easy and creamy grits from Mocha Hut Housemade braised bratwurst with beer and sauerkraut from Blue Duck Tavern Paneer masala from Saravana Palace Mac-n-cheese with collard greens from Oohhs and Aahhs Kitfo and a glass of tej(honey wine) at Etete Chicken tacos from El Charrito Caminante Crabcake sandwich from Market Lunch Croccantino gelato from Dolcezza Beet cake from Domku