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Where chef Brian Malarkey likes to eat in these five cities

February 18, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Chef Brian Malarkey, known for his San Diego restaurants, appears on the new cooking competition TV show "The Taste" on ABC.
Chef Brian Malarkey, known for his San Diego restaurants, appears on the… (Courtesy Brian Malarkey )

Chef Brian Malarkey, a judge on ABC's new cooking competition show "The Taste," has five restaurants in San Diego: Searsucker, Burlap, Gabardine, Gingham and Herringbone. Malarkey, who will lead a cooking demonstration Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, shared his favorite food hangouts when he travels to these five cities:

Portland, Ore.: Pok Pok and Clyde Common are two of my favorite restaurants, but that’s not all. There are so many great up-and-coming restaurants and chefs. Portlandia is alive! I am proud to be from Portland. 

Seattle: A day with Tom Douglas is always a treat! When I go, I always stroll through the market. And if you can find Salumi [Artisan Cured Meats], Mario Batali's dad's secret sandwich shop, you have stumbled upon gold.

New Orleans: Stay away from the tourist traps and hit Jacques-Imo's for dinner and Elizabeth’s for brunch. Finding where the locals eat is the key!

Los Angeles: It’s not a secret, I along with the rest of L.A. loves Gjelina, the boys of Animal and Son of a Gun Restaurant stay true, and you can usually find me sitting at the counter at Tar & Roses eating my way through their small plates. I'd love to see my costar on "The Taste" open a restaurant ... do it, Ludo [Lefebvre]!

New York City: I am a sucker for that big red head in orange clogs! Love me some Mario [Batali]: Babbo, Casa Mono and Bar Jamon. I'm old-school, in the fact that I love to sit at the bar in Balthazar and read my paper while enjoying a couple of poached eggs. Danny Meyer is the King, and Jean-Georges is sexy! I have yet to explore my way through Brooklyn and cannot wait to do so.
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