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Alan Richman from GQ names Le Penguin in Greenwich one of the Best 25 New Restaurants of 2014

21 Mar

(Pictures from http://lepenguinbistro.com)

Alan Richman, writer for GQ and 14 time James Beard winner for journalism, is no stranger to Connecticut and what our restaurants have to offer.  Last year he named the Green-Goddess Deviled Eggs at the Whelk as one of the “The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now and put it on his 10 Trophy Dishes of 2013.  And, this March, he has released a new list that features another Connecticut restaurant:  “The Perfect Night Out: GQ’s 25 Best New Restaurants in America, 2014.”

The list (scroll down) takes you through a to-eat list of places throughout the country and there, right at #17, is Le Penguin in Greenwich.  While this restaurant might be new, the location isn’t new at all…it’s where the famed Jean Louis used to be.  And, if Richman’s praise is any indication, Le Penguin should be around for quite a while.  Here’s some of what he said about this new hot spot:

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The Whelk in Westport Tops GQ Magazine’s 50 Best Dishes of 2013 List

24 Jul

Yeah, you heard that right…The Whelk of Westport is at the top of the culinary heap with the recent publication of Alan Richman’s “The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now”  and his 10 Trophy Dishes of 2013 in GQ.  As you scroll (or flip) through, you’ll see some amazing dishes, 50 of them to be exact.  So, for The Whelk to be singled out and to earn that top spot is no easy feat.  Congratulations!  The dish that wowed Alan Richman?  A seemingly simple dish, yet complex at the same time:  Green-Goddess Deviled Eggs.  Richman notes that he had deviled eggs all across the country, but The Whelk definitely made the best.  Here is what he has to say:

“This has been the breakout year for deviled eggs, forgotten except in southern and midwestern kitchens. I ate them across the country, but none came close to this complex and captivating variation: yolks mashed and mixed with a homemade green-goddess dressing (creamy, tangy, and once as beloved as ranch), then stuffed into egg-white halves. The dish gets better. The eggs are topped with two elements similar in texture but opposite in character—crunchy, sweet pickled onions and crunchy, sweet baconlike guanciale. Or you can have your deviled eggs with fried oysters on top. Both are right.”

To see the full list, check out “The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now” via GQ and for more information on The Whelk, check out our review.

The Whelk
Noms: 4.25 
Cost: $$$
Address: 575 Riverside Avenue
                  Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 557-0902
Site:  http://thewhelkwestport.com
E-mail:   info@thewhelkwestport.com
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