Planners Share the Best Dish They’ve Ever Eaten

By Kelsey Ogletree, May 1, 2015

There’s no greater use for crowdsourcing than when you’re looking for the best spot to eat when you’re in a new city. Whether you’re looking for a place to try when you’re in town on business or compiling recommendations for your attendees, heed the suggestions of these corporate planners.

“Crispy imperial rolls, claypot chicken and shaking beef at The Slanted Door in San Francisco.”
—Faye Fukuda, Prestige Global Meeting Source

“The best meal I’ve had in years was at The Grange in Providence, Rhode Island. It blew my mind. The menu changes frequently, but if I had to pick one dish it would be the General Tso’s tacos.”
—Casey Erisman, Consortium for Energy Efficiency

“The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Washington. The chef just won the James Beard Award!”
—Carolyn Gibbons, Fairhaven Global Site Solutions

“Stuffed pork loin at Andina in Portland, Oregon. It’s to die for!”
—Christie Blake, Northwest GEM

“Thai-style fried chicken at Tuk Tuk Taproom in San Antonio. It tastes like you’re in Thailand.”
—Virginia Black, Acelity

“For authentic Mexican food, no one beats El Huarachito in LA. I have two favorite dishes: enchiladas de mole and flautas locas.”
—Joel Hernandez, Tetra Tech

“Bone-in cowboy-cut rib-eye for two at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Orlando.”
—Mark Benson, AM&H Solutions

“Good old deep-fried cheese curds at The Old Fashioned in Madison, Wisconsin, are the best in the Midwest.”
—Kay Johnson-Frutiger, Covance

“Smoked salmon on crispy potato pancake at Bistro Aix on Steiner Street in San Francisco.”
—Julie Chenard, AssetMark Inc.

“Chorizo-stuffed dates at Chicago’s Avec—the best!”
—Kate Campbell, HelmsBriscoe

“Huevos motulenos at Cafe Pasqual’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
—Giovanna Brandi, Gioworks International

“My favorite local spot in New Orleans is Baru Bistro & Tapas, which is on Magazine Street in Uptown. It’s Spanish and BYOB. Irene’s Cuisine is my fave in the French Quarter—try the soft-shell crabs and osso buco.”
—Jill DiMarco, Access Destination Services

“The cornbread at Founding Farmers in Tysons, Virginia.”
—Laura Colomb, Booz Allen Hamilton

“Lamb kabobs at Ananda in Fulton, Maryland, between Baltimore and D.C.”
—Rob Cohen, AllianceBenefits

“Shrimp and grits at M. Restaurant and Bar in Nashville. This restaurant worked with me for a private dinner for my group of 100 people
with such finesse.” 
—Carolyn Davis,
Strategic Meeting Partners

Need more ideas? Read “Forks Up! Top 12 Foodie Cities for Meetings.”

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