Restaurant obsessives Michael Russell and Gary "The Foodie" Okazaki break down the latest news, major openings and more from the wide world of American food.
21 -- Gary Evades Quarantine
Fresh off his recent trip to Hong Kong and Seoul, Gary gets flagged by the CDC due to his two-hour stopover in Shanghai's airport. Meanwhile, Michael visits Minneapolis and comes back with a flu of his own. Episode includes digressions on makgeolli, Mingles and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
20 -- America's Restaurants of the Decade
Gary and Michael snake draft America's top 10 restaurants of the decade, including Mission Chinese Food, Franklin Barbecue, Sqirl, State Bird Provisions and The Grey. Gary also breaks down his top 10 meals of the 2010s, and the duo debate whether any Portland restaurant deserves a shot at a national best-of-the-decade list.
19 -- 2019 Year-End Recap: Part Two
In the second and blessedly shorter part of their 2019 year-end recap, Gary and Michael break down the best things they ate this year, both in Portland and beyond, then talk about the places they hope to visit in 2020. Happy New Year everyone!
18 -- 2019 Year-End Recap: Part One
Gary and Michael break down their year in eating 2019, including their favorite meals and best new restaurants. Then Gary predicts the top 10 from The LA Times' upcoming restaurant guide, the first without Jonathan Gold.
17 -- America's Best New Best New Restaurants of 2019
That's right, it's a list about lists! Gary and Michael analyze the year in Best New Restaurants lists, including GQ, Eater, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and Esquire (with Thrillist still to come). At the end, Gary predicts next year's James Beard Award new restaurant finalists, and Michael talks a bit about his recent guide to Portland's best croissants.
16 -- Mexico City
Gary and Michael smoke clove cigarettes, drink vermouth and recap their recent visit to Mexico City, including each of their top five restaurants from the trip. At one, Michael finds his favorite meal, perhaps ever.
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Very Good Pod !
Gary the Foodie and Michael Russell are always fun, informative and interesting. Their opinions and insights into the food scene in and around Portland, and beyond, are very useful to me.
Excellent, well informed and entertaining!
Gary knows more about fine dining (or any kind of dining) than anyone I know. Michael adds a critic’s eye and is a great compliment to Gary. Highly recommended to anyone interested in a global or local food scene.