Real Women Eat Food: The Best Restaurants Recommended By Top Female Chefs
Okay, we’ve had our fun with the conceit of Womanliest foods. But once you take off the Cosmopolitan magazine glasses and stop looking at your food through the lens of your quote-unquote emotions, you realize that it makes no sense to designate certain foods as manly, Men’s Health. While we’re not about to start un-gender-normative-ing food, we did ask some of the best women chefs in America for their favorite restaurants.
1. Stephanie Izard , The Girl and The Goat, Chicago
Favorite Restaurant: Ruxbin, Chicago, IL
Why: It is small, fun and unpretentious with great food. The decor is kind of off the wall and random, which makes it fun. Best part? The bathroom. There is a rotating door that makes it like an amusement park ride just to get it. Love it.
2. Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles
Favorite Restaurant: Haiku Kitchen
Why: There is a new place that I'm really enamored with which is close to where I live. It's called "Haiku Kitchen," on Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. The owner, Carole Iida creates the menus and she does fantastic curries, and unique twists to the traditional Japanese style rice bowl. The place is fairly new and the food is a great choice for me on my day off.
3. Antonia Lofaso, Black Market Liquor Bar, Los Angeles
Favorite Restaurant: ABC Kitchen
Why: The food is very simple, straight forward and extremely thoughtful to the ingredients.
4. Kuniko Yagi, The Century Project, Los Angeles
Favorite Restaurant: EN Japanese Brasserie
Why: EN Japanese Brasserie in NYC has great Japanese small dishes, but with an American twist. I love the combination of flavors.
Favorite Restaurant: Hiko Sushi in Los Angeles
Why: Chef Hiko San is so calm and down to earth, but when you talk to him, he has a solid idea of what he's looking for in ingredients, he has great palette.
Favorite Restaurant: Gjelina in Los Angeles
Why: Their food is simple in a difficult way. A lot of chefs want to add more ingredients on a dish, they manage the minimalism super well.
5. Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern, Portland, OR
Favorite Restaurant: Staple & Fancy in Seattle
Why: Recently, I had an AMAZING late-night meal at Staple & Fancy in Seattle. Chef Ethan Stowell started us out with a ton of Shigoku oysters, then brought out a really simple lettuce salad, Tagliarini with mint, basil, chiles and sea urchin, followed by a BIG FAT RIBEYE. Lots of bourbon, of course. It was lovely.
Favorite Restaurant: Canlis in Seattle
Why: Last year, Chef Jason Franey decked us out for a memorable meal. I started with an Americano (campari and soda) and worked my way through amazing wines that were selected by his staff. One of the most lovely courses was a tiny piece of halibut with shaved baby zucchini rounds and Australian truffles. It looked like little scales of a fish. We also had an experimental dish of his: tiny round gnocchi pearls with lobster. Just amazing.