Our 10 Best Meals Worth Traveling for in 2014

Our 10 Best Meals Worth Traveling for in 2014
All photos by Adam Robb for the Village Voice

Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town on occasion, since dozens of destinations lie within just a couple of hours of the city. In this Excursions column, we're covering the best places to eat in popular weekend trip locations. See more Excursions and Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

When landlords are more ambitious than chefs, old-school restaurants close up shop, and avant-garde chefs opt to challenge palates elsewhere. We saw a lot of that in NYC this year, and we also ate dozens of excellent meals in cities and towns nearby. After scooping spoon bread in a Cincinnati post office and sipping bee pollen lattes in the Bluegrass State, tearing into Mangalitsa lard biscuits and foie gras waffles in the nation's capital, and being brought to tears by the so-hot Jewish-Asian culinary diaspora sweeping North America's coolest neighborhood, we've compiled a list of the 10 best meals worthy of the journey. Looking to travel more in 2015? Consider this a starting point for planning a weekend jaunt, even if that means just crossing the Hudson into Jersey.

Our 10 Best Meals Worth Traveling for in 2014

10. Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen (110 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey; 973-644-3180) No one in the barroom of Jockey Hollow, Chris Cannon's culinary comeback inside Morristown's Vail Mansion, is debating who first cooked up Marea's octopus-and-bone marrow fusilli. Instead, they're kicking back on couches tucked behind the foyer in the estate-sized restaurant, dining like would-be residents. They feast on quality comforts like surf-and-turf platters of sausages and oysters, and a roasted strip loin finished with eggs fried in pan juices.

Our 10 Best Meals Worth Traveling for in 2014

9. Momofuku Noodle Bar (190 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario; 647-253-6225) It's usually the other way around: We wonder how an out-of-town restaurant would play in New York, realizing by dessert that it would lose its local magic once plagued by the brunt of Seamless and Resy, servers more ambitious about their other career, and 100 content-hungry bloggers. But David Chang reverse-engineered the equation, proving a Momofuku restaurant can charm elsewhere without the baggage. He has several concepts stacked Tetris-like into glass boxes, but beneath them all lies the biggest crowd-pleaser. Momofuku's menu has been tweaked according to local preferences, and that gave way to the untempered heat of Extremely Spicy Noodles, empowered by Sichuan chili and pickled za chai.

Our 10 Best Meals Worth Traveling for in 2014

8. Colony Grill (172 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, Connecticut; 203-359-2184) Located halfway between Paulie Gee's and Frank Pepe's, Stamford is home to many major accounting firms -- and one bar-pie specialist to feed them all. While the pre-war tavern's secret-recipe hot-oil pie has its imitators -- ahem, Riko's -- only this searing, sausage-studded thin-crust counts, and unless you're ordering for the whole office, expect to eat in.



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