In the first installment of our Restaurant Cravings series, we dreamed aloud of old favorites that are currently out-of-reach physically and geographically. This follow-up adds three senses to the equation, with touch, smell, and most importantly, taste joining sight.
Most of us grew up hearing the words “you can look, but don’t touch”, so deprivation isn’t a new emotion. Yet we recently shared our own Restaurant Cravings that were simply that, fantasies, desires that we can’t currently fulfill. What fun is that?!
As we all continue to support our neighborhood restaurants, having the ability to cast a far wider net holds a certain appeal. Through Goldbelly, a gourmet food delivery site, we can expand our horizons and bring food fantasies right to our doorstep.
Founded in 2013, Goldbelly has built a menu of food offerings that span the country with a wide variety of categories. From St. Louis-style pizza to macarons to tamales, the site features gastronomic options galore. You’re only limited by your palate, desires, and credit card limit.
AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND (Detroit, Michigan): Having grown up in Detroit ourselves, we have a personal affinity for a Detroit Coney. And having overheard a recent conversation where someone was having their own American Coney Island cravings, we were compelled to shine the spotlight on Goldbelly’s package from the restaurant. Shipping only on Mondays, American Coney Island offers a kit that includes their special Detroit chili sauce and free shipping.
ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE (Indianapolis, Indiana): St. Elmo is an Indianapolis legend that’s been around since 1902 and while they’ve built their stellar reputation on everything from steaks & chops to exemplary service, it’s their famous shrimp cocktail with tear-inducing cocktail sauce that we’re singling out here. The spicy sauce is proof positive that St. Elmo isn’t horseradishing around.
KILLER BROWNIE (Dayton, Ohio): It only stands to reason that we’d follow St. Elmo’s fiery cocktail sauce with something sweet, so we introduce you to Killer Brownie. With flavors to please everyone and free shipping, you can be tooth-deep into the gooey caramel featured in “The Original” before week’s end.
BARTOLINI’S (Chicago, Illinois): While we’d normally be reticent to include pizza on this list, it’s hard to overlook the ability to enjoy regional styles that we might not normally have in our own background. With Bartollini’s, we not only have the chance to savor both Chicago thin crust and deep dish pizza, but their meatballs have earned effusive praise from diners as well.
PHILIPPE THE ORIGINAL FRENCH DIP (Los Angeles, California): Another institution, Philippe is recognized as the birthplace of the french dip sandwich. When you can go right to the source, how can you go wrong? Philippe’s French Dip Party Pack has it all, from the rolls, roast beef and au jus to potato salad, pickles and even a bottle of their famous spicy mustard.