I’m all for vegetables and non-animal food; after moving to Northern California and reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the new James Beard award winner In Defense of Food, it’s hard not to be a vegetarian most of the time. But sometimes all you need is a big slab of meat. A steak, meatballs, spit-roasted lamb, bacon, an individually serial-numbered duck in Beijing: all are equally great at satisfying the carnivore in all of us. Here are a few of my favorites:
Bitterballen in Amsterdam– These are much better than they actually sound. Bitterballen are perfect, bite-sized, deep-fried minced meat balls that you dip in mustard and then wash down with a cold beer. My fellow foodie-in-crime makes them a big part of her ideal Amsterdam trip here: Bicycles, Bitterballen and Beer. My pick for bitterballen is De Brakke Grond.
Steak in Chicago at Ditka’s– It doesn’t get any better than this, my friends. Dry-aged steaks and perfect martinis from Da Coach himself. Still not convinced? One word for you: Tomahawk. A 30 ounce big bone-in dry-aged Angus ribeye.
Gauchescas in Buenos Aires– 30 ounces of red meat doesn’t do it for you? Try some of Estilo Campo’s spit-roasted options: kid (yes, baby goat), piglet (baby pig), suckling pig (more young pig), and Patagonian lamb.
Choose your own duck in Beijing– If you’re in Beijing, and eat meat, you can’t miss Quanjude. The quintessential ode to all things duck, Quanjude is famous for serving up the crispiest, most perfect roast duck. For a price, you can get a whole duck. For a larger price, you can actually pick the duck. Regardless of which method you choose, you will get a card telling you of your own duck’s personal serial number.
These are a few of my favorites. Did I miss one of yours? Leave more meat loving suggestions in the comments section!