My Favorite Foods Around the World

January 21, 2019

When I started my blog back in 2010, I began making a list of any food item I’d declared, “My favorite ever!” Now that I live in NYC, some of these declarations (best burger! best pizza!) feel a little controversial.

The Colony Pizza at Emily in NYC has pepperoni, honey and jalapeño with that deep dish crust. I’m drooling.

After living in New York City for a year and a half, I just updated the list with all my new favorites, but it’s still so fun to look back on foods I added way back in the beginning. Since I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona, many of those favorites still stand. The English muffins from La Grande Orange will never be topped! After living in Houston, Texas for a year after college, I still crave the queso from Torchy’s Tacos. My Minnesota favorites come from spending time at the lake with my mom’s side of the family every summer since I was little. Everywhere I go, I like to collect new favorites to add to the list!

The Caramel Rolls from this hole-in-the-wall spot near my family’s lake cabin put any other rolls to shame!

Last updated: January 2019

Almond Croissant: Common Bond, Houston, TX

Bagel: Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee, Chelsea, NYC

Banana Bread: Order from The Hungry Gnome, NYC

BLT: Maple Beach Resort & Grill, Pelican Rapids, MN

Black and White Cookie: Empire Cakes, Chelsea, NYC

Blueberry Scones: Empire Cakes, Chelsea, NYC

My co-workers and I find any excuse to celebrate and pick up these blueberry scones around the corner from Chelsea Market where we work.

Bruschetta: Postino Wine Café, Phoenix, AZ

Burger: Emily, West Village, NYC

Caramel Rolls: Nootzi’s Café, Dent, MN

Carbonara Pasta: Barbuto, New York, NY

It’s become a hobby of mine to order Carbonara at any Italian restaurant I go to just so I can see how it compares to Barbuto.

Cheese Biscuits: Jim ’N Nick’s Community BBQ, Birmingham, AL

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Levain Bakery, Upper West Side, NYC

Churros: Churrería el Moro, Mexico City

Queso with Green Chiles: Torchy’s Tacos, Houston, TX

Queso with Chorizo: Bakersfield, Indianapolis, IN

Crepes: Cibo Urban Wine Café and Pizzeria, Phoenix, AZ

Cuban Sandwich: Columbia Restaurant, Tampa, FL

Detroit-Style Pizza: The Colony Pizza at Emily, NYC

Dim Sum: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown, NYC

English Muffins: La Grand Orange Grocery, Phoenix, AZ

Fried Green Tomatoes: Eli’s Table, Charleston, SC

Gluten-Free Cookies: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie, Fair Trade Café, Phoenix, AZ

Gnocchi: Barbuto, New York, NY

Hummus and Pita Bread: True Food Kitchen, Phoenix, AZ

Ice Cream: Honeycomb and Pistachio Flavors at Van Leeuwen, NYC

Kale Salad: Barbuto, NYC

Nachos: The Macho Nachos, Zorbaz on the Lake, MN

Pimento Cheese: Husk Bar, Charleston, SC

Ramen: Ippudo, NYC

Scrambled Eggs: The steamed eggs at Buvette, West Village, NY

If you like a soft scramble, you’ll love these almost-gooey eggs from Buvette in the West Village of NYC.

Soup Dumplings: Joe’s Shanghai, NYC

Sweet Corn: Johnson Family Farm, Pelican Rapids, MN

Tacos: Los Tacos No. 1, NYC

Turkey Sandwich: The Shaved Turkey on Warm Pita, True Food Kitchen, Phoenix, AZ

Waffles: Matt’s Big Breakfast, Phoenix, AZ

This list is always growing, changing and evolving, but I want to know – what do you think? Have I nailed it on the head (the Levain cookies!!) or am I missing out on something I need to try ASAP? I seriously want to hear! Send me a DM on Instagram (@gourmet_gab) or email me at I’m happy to take one for the team and try something new to see if it deserves a spot on the list 😉

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