I think we all have a dish in the back of our mind that we have spent years wishing we could experience again, but somehow the essence of it eludes us.
The restaurant closes or the relative dies & the recipe cannot ever be replicated. But wait, out there somewhere, someone knows exactly how to prepare it. A true case for Chowhounds to sniff out.
Give us some clues as to where you ate it, your closest recipe to it & why you think it is still lacking something.
My search has always been for tomato gravy, already queried here on a thread, but sadly, the flavor is still not "it". As time went on, it occurred to me the recipe may be called "shrimp" gravy since the lady that made it only fixed fresh & saltwater fish at her restaurant, so she may have finely minced some shrimp in the gravy. Well, that sends me off on a different path altogether.
Good luck, someone out here just may have what you are looking for!