Johnny Apple Eats America (1999)

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2018/10/16 14:35:23 (permalink)

Johnny Apple Eats America (1999)

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R.W Apple looks at his favorite restaurants in U.S. I wonder how many are still in operation?
 
 
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/16 16:07:49 (permalink)
    Cafe Annie in Houston is back.  It was gone for a number of years but I think Del Grande realized it was where he made his name and it still probably is the first place that comes to mind when people think of him so he brought the name back.  But it does have a new menu.  Now at 1800 Post Oak.  I think his previous place, the name of which escapes me at present, included a Bar Annie.
     
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/16 18:12:38 (permalink)
    I count 19 that are still in operation. That’s not counting Cafe Annie mentioned above or the Four Seasons that closed and opened as two restaurants. Star Canyon in Dallas closed long ago but the chef keeps opening and closing similar restaurants with similar menus.
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/16 18:53:26 (permalink)
    All three of the Chicago listings; Arun's, Everest, and Frontera Grill are still around, although it looks like Everest has moved a few doors south of where Mr. Apple indicates.  All good choices, but the fact that only three Chicago restaurants made the roster indicates he spent a very limited amount of time in our fair city.
     
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/16 18:58:02 (permalink)
    I was surprised at how many high-end places were on the list. Apple was portrayed as an everyman.
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/16 19:31:14 (permalink)
    All three Chicago listings qualify as "high-end".  Even Arun's, which is Thai, and traditionally thought of as affordable cuisine, is fairly pricey.  Not many Thai places offer six and eight course prix-fixe dinners for $75 and $100 per head, respectively.
     
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/17 15:11:38 (permalink)
    Of the places that are still around, I wonder which kitchens are helmed by the chef(s) of 20 years ago.  For example, Le Bernardin is now in the hands of Eric Ripert.
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/17 15:49:49 (permalink)
    I had a few lunches and a dinner at Le Bec-Fin (the dinner was a wedding present ... this place was VERY expensive).
     
    It went downhill in its last few years, also losing popularity as super-fancy service by waiters in tuxedos and that type of ultra-rich French food went out of style, and eventually went under altogether. Someone from the management team at the French Laundry tried to re-open it under the same name, but that venture didn't last very long.
     
    I still remember how excited I was the first time I went there. I had been reading that it was the best restaurant in Philadelphia and arguably the best French restaurant in the U.S. for years before I finally went there for lunch.
     
    Not everything I ate there blew me away, but when I ordered the right thing, the flavors were just so overwhelming.  In fact, I'd still say that the single best thing I've ever eaten was Georges Perrier's (the Le Bec-Fin former owner and chef) carrot mousse, which was served as one of the side vegetables the first few times I went there. There was only maybe a table-spoon of it on the plate. But it was just mind-blowingly good.
     
    When it was time for dessert, a three-level cart full of a large number of items (always ice cream on the top level) was wheeled out to your table and you were encouraged to sample as many items as you could handle. They'd give you fairly small portions so you could sample more items.
     
    Susanna Foo, the other Philly restaurant on the list, is also closed, although Ms. Foo has another restaurant in Center City called Suga.  It's much more casual than her old place, which also features servers in tuxedos.
     
    Susanna Foo and Le Bec-Fin were both on the 1500 block of Walnut Street, which used to be considered Philadelphia's Restaurant Row. That hasn't been the case for years as all of those places went out of style.
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    Re: Johnny Apple Eats America (1999) 2018/10/18 13:17:15 (permalink)
    I went to Le Bec-Fin in 1983 when i was working with Marriott's Dinner Houses. Small private room upstairs..highlight was Georges Perrier talking to us explaining his food....and the 50.00 a pop Cognac.
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