Via Eater – On April 10 last year, I started my job as Eater’s first restaurant editor with a flight to Los Angeles. Shortly after touchdown I launched into a torrent of consumption that began with chorizo and chicken mole tacos on freckled tortillas and ended nine hours later with scrambled eggs and uni on toast, duck liver mousse with pickled Asian pear, spaghetti tossed with Dungeness crab, and strawberries over mascarpone sabayon.
That Thursday kicked off the 263 on-the-clock meals I consumed in 29 cities during seven months of travel (or, more precisely, 147 days in the field) in 2014.
My pound-packing task: to compile Eater’s inaugural roll call of the 38 essential restaurants in America, an idea that builds on the Eater 38 lists maintained by our local editors in 24 cities across the U.S. (and in Montreal). Documenting my journey of feasts in the yearlong Road to the 38 series, I asked myself about the meaning of the word essential at every stop: What are the indispensable restaurants across the nation right at this moment of our culinary history? Which ones jump-start the trends, which reset notions of cooking and hospitality, which illuminate a place or time? What assembly of restaurants, ultimately, reflects the fundaments of our culture?
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