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The 2009 Best Of Menu

Food Essay | Written by Nathan Mattise

This was the first year of Diners Without Frosted Tips, so like every other blog on the ‘net, it’s time to commemorate things with our year-end list.

Diner food is (and hopefully always will be) the central focus of this site  and our first year-end list is no exception.  Presenting the best of what we’ve eaten in 2009.

The only rules:

A) The meal has to be eaten at a diner/breakfast place.

B)  This list is acknowledged as limited and subjective due to a regional limitation on the diners/meals I’ve been able to experience and the subjective criteria through which the “value” of a meal is judged.

C)  The meal has to have been eaten in 2009 but the review/article does not necessarily need to have been written/published yet (thus ensuring this is a true best of list since I’m not totally caught up on my reviews/essays).

Without any further delay, the Diners Without Frosted Tips’ 2009 Best Of Menu… Continue reading

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Diners Without Frosted Tips featured on USA Today’s Pop Candy

Food Links and Essay | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

…well, a list I wrote inspired by this blog was on Pop Candy. Click on to read my Top 5 Pop Culture Diners (and they’re not the five you’d expect… it’s a Meg Ryan-free list).

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Old Pop-Tarts, New cocktails, Old food news and a New link.

Food Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

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Diner Week Critique Special: Les Halles (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 5

I love Anthony Bourdain.

He is the most popular incarnation of all my major interests rolled into one person (music, food, travel, writing, people). I’ve read his book, I watch his show religiously and I’d preorder tickets if he ever made an appearance within four hours of me. So when in NYC, regardless of whether it’s a true diner or not, I’m eating breakfast at his establishment.

Meet my hallowed grounds of all that is culinary, Les Halles. Continue reading

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Diner Week Critique: Shopsin’s General Store (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 4

Owners who double as head chefs become namesakes for their establishments all the time. These folks are also guaranteed to become local celebrities as long as their business thrives.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I recently ate  food prepared by the most famous example of the chef/owner/namesake  within the diner world.

Meet Kenny Shopsin and his Shopsin’s General Store. Continue reading

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