THE TOP TEN Luxury Comfort Food
Kathleen McKenna

Mama’s kitchen enters the world of haute cuisine

Occupying two floors of the trendy Ponce Loft Building, Repast is Atlanta’s latest culinary hot spot, with its hipster-chic décor of exposed concrete and towering ceilings along with its nouvelle American menu. The brainchild of husband-and-wife team Joe Truex and Mihoko Obunai, this trendsetter serves expectedly distinguished dishes like Muscovy duck breast a la plancha, braised Australian lamb shank and…hot dogs?

Yes, hot dogs. But these are no Oscar Meyers: Each tube of Americana is meticulously handmade, topped with foie gras and sweetbreads, and served on a brioche bun with homemade three-onion ketchup...
Kathleen McKenna Mama’s kitchen enters the world of haute cuisine Occupying two floors of the trendy Ponce Loft Building, Repast is Atlanta’s latest cu...  more
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The Golden Opulence Sundae

New York
New York’s Serendipity 3 — the Upper East Side’s own Willy Wonka Factory — has created a masterpiece. Standing over a foot tall, the dish’s five scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream are drizzled with Amadei Porceleana, the world’s most expensive chocolate, and covered with chunks of rare Venezuelan Chuao Chocolate as well as truffles, Parisian candied fruits and gold dragées. Forget the cherry on top—instead try a glass bowl of sweetened, salt-free Grand Passion Caviar. Not to mention a guilded sugar flower by world-renowned confectionary artist Ron Beth Israel. And because an experience this decadent needs a memento, the $300 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet and 18-karat gold spoon are yours for the taking.
$1,000
www.serendipity3.com

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Gordon Ramsay’s White Truffle Pizza

London
This pizza at Grosvenor Square restaurant Maze is almost as infamous as hot-headed creator, Gordon Ramsay. With every order, head chef Jason Atherton personally delivers the pie and sprinkles on your desired amount of Umbrian truffle shavings.
$50, $80, $100 (depending on amount of truffle shavings)
www.gordonramsay.com

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Kobe Beef Cheesesteak

Philadelphia
True Philly cheesesteak lovers previously had two options—Pat’s and its across-the-street rival, Geno’s. Recently, though, Stephen Starr of Barclay Prime decided to pay tribute to the City of Brotherly Love’s greasiest street icon. His addition? A Kobe Beef cheesesteak with shaved truffles, lobster tail, triple cream Taleggio cheese, carmelized onions and heirloom tomatoes, accompanied by a small bottle of champagne. Also worth mentioning: New chef Jim Locasio has added a variety of sliders to the appetizer menu, effectively removing the mini-burger’s White Castle stigma.
$100
www.barclayprime.com

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Nino's Bellissima Pizza

New York
It's only natural that pizza, an absolute comfort classic, should make another appearance on our list. At New York's Nino's Bellissima's Pizza, chef Nino Selimaj replaces Ramsay's seasonal white truffles with Royal Sevruga Caviar, crème freche, and thinly sliced lobster, ensuring that New Yorkers will have the opportunity year-round to spend $1,000 on America's favorite comfort food. While the dish has yet to catch on at Domino's or Pizza Hut, rumor has it that NYPD cop turned novelist Bo Dietl is totally in amore with this pizza pie.
$1,000/pie. No individual slices sold; order in advance.
call 212-355-5540

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Macaroni and Cheese and White Truffles

New York City
Even mac 'n' cheese cleans up at New York City’s Le Zie during the white truffle months of mid-October to early December. Chef Roberto Passon adds Fontina and mozzarella cheeses to give this perennial American favorite a little Italian flair (and a more European price tag). Don’t fret if you miss white-truffle season; Le Zie also offers a year-round black-truffle option.
$65 with white truffles; $14 with black
www.lezie.com

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The Fleur Burger 5000

Las Vegas
Sin City’s penchant for indulgence enters the gourmet world with Chef Hubert Keller’s Kobe Beef hamburger. Topped with foie gras and black truffles and paired with a 1990 bottle of Chateau Petrus, it’s the perfect meal for all hamburger-craving high rollers. In this case, what happens in Vegas gets mailed home — in the form of a specially numbered certificate — just so everyone will know you didn’t blow your money on something really outrageous.
$5,000
www.fleurdelyssf.com

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Rothschild Pot Pie

England
Mincemeat and peas are replaced with Wagyu Beef and Matsutake mushrooms in northwestern England at Lancashire’s Fence Gate Inn. It's doubtful that shepherds ever heard of ingredients like black-truffle mushrooms, which are marinated in 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux. And because the world’s most expensive pie needs a crown, the crust is topped with an edible gold leaf. Though they originally intended the dish to be an outrageous one-off, Chef Spencer Burge and head manager Kevin Keeley will consider an encore performance for parties larger than ten.
£8,000 ($15,700), or £1,000 ($1,900) per slice
www.fencegate.co.uk

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Buddha Jumps over the Wall Soup

London
According to ancient Chinese legend, the usually stoic Buddha became so aroused by this soup’s aroma he literally jumped over a wall to discover its source. A bit more complex than Campbell’s, ingredients at London’s famed Kai include dried abalone, sea cucumber, dried scallops, shark’s stomach, corn-fed chicken, stock from steamed Parma ham juice, American ginseng, Japanese flower mushrooms and cordycep, a rare Asian mushroom. Any cravings, though, must be met with the Buddhist virtue of patience — Kai Chef Alex Chow’s simmering process requires five days’ notice.
£108, or $208
www.kaimayfair.co.uk/kai/kaihome.htm

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Purebred Hot Dogs

Atlanta
Perhaps more incredible than the topping of foie gras and sweetbreads is the fact that each tube steak at Atlanta’s Repast Restaurant is actually homemade. Baking pies from scratch pales in comparison to the week chef Joe Truex spent perfecting the dogs’ emulsification — a process of evenly dispersing the fat globules in order to create the ideal texture and consistency. Due to popular demand, each is still served with ketchup, albeit a special three-onion ketchup.
$10 each
www.repastrestaurant.com

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Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata

New York
$1,000 for regular size; $100 for the smaller
$1,000 for regular size; $100 for the smaller
www.parkermeridien.com





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