Restaurgatory: Travel Tuesdays and the Infernal Menus

If you weren't aware, fair readers, Peter Pauper publishes a lovely suite of travel guides. Among other things, said guides provide many (many, many) quick glimpses of their respective subject destinations' gustatory highlights. They feature a potpourri of dining options, selected to the best of our ability for merit, price range diversity, uniqueness, convenience, and notable appeal. When we update a travel guide or expand its content for an app, the author and editors working on it verify that the restaurants (and other venues) listed are still open, that their contact information and operating hours haven't changed, and that our description of the establishment is still accurate.

The last, as you might imagine, occasionally involves looking at an online menu.

I don't know if you have ever, in the course of a day, looked at around twenty of a city's choicest restaurants' menus. I do not recommend doing so if the most appetizing thing immediately available to you is the scent of your mango-vanilla hand sanitizer. You're liable to sink into a fugue of sorts, morosely pondering the utter inaccessibility of dragonfruit gelato capped with cacao foam and apricot nectar faux-caviar, or burrata nestled in an artful huddle of braised figs, or really great Sabich from the sort of hole-in-the-wall falafel shop your neighborhood would have if it featured enough pedestrian traffic for a hole-in-the-wall falafel shop.

Menu-purgatory has its perks, though. I first learned of Boston's unparalleled Flour Bakery through an update to our Boston guide, and discovered New York's renowned City Winery—now one of my favorite music venues, as well as a fine place for a bite—while working on the New York app. Other places I haven't yet visited, but have added to my bucket list: It's a bit pricey, but I'd love to get a drink from Bemelmans Bar, in order to sit and take in the murals of Central Park painted by the illustrator of the Madeline books. If I ever make it to Chicago, I think I'd have to turn in my vegetarian card should I not make it to Green Zebra. (Vegetable-inclined kindred, check out their menu only if you wish to discover vertiginous heights of food-coveting.)

Has anyone reading visited a restaurant featured in one of our guides? If so, we'd love to hear about it!

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