This idea blatantly stolen from the Chicago board, with a tip of the hat to Chicago Hound "Pugman".
No restrictions, other than perhaps keeping it in the area covered by this board. Any cuisine, any price range, any category, whatever. Just the top five meals that hit the spot on that day, at that time.
I'm not going to try to put mine in order:
1) First "post Doobie" meal at Penn Street Tavern. I still mourn the situation that led to Ras Doobie's departure, but I'm glad that Francine, the current ownership, and all others involved are keeping the Jamaican groove going.
2) Phat Pug Coal Fired Pizza - could be a great addition to the Baltimore pizza scene - now if they could just get their act together so the place stays around (assuming they've not succumbed already)
3) Iggie's Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless. OK, I didn't eat at this one, I volunteered to help prepare, but I think it was a class act by some good people. Let's hope that this sort of community involvement becomes a trend.
4) My last attempt at Oriental Manor. Technically, this doesn't count as a meal, but it does top my list of strange experiences in a restaurant. I thought I'd walked onto the set of a John Woo movie - all that was missing was Chow Yun Fat in one of his "hardboiled cop" roles. OK, even if we count my last actual meal at Oriental Manor, it's still up near the top of the "weird restaurant experiences" list. Weird meal, great story!
5) Kountosouvli at Zorba's - sometimes you just have to go for your "comfort food"
Honorable mentions, outside area -
Pizza at Alfred's Tomato Pie in Blackwood, NJ - A lot closer than New Haven, just as good, and seeing Alfred in action when he's in a good mood is an experience not to be missed. Well worth the drive, and it's great to hear Alfred bellow out when I walk in the door, stopping all conversation "Hey, everybody! This is Ken, and he drives all the way from BALTIMORE for a pie!"
Deep dish sausage pizza at Gino's East in Chicago with my friend Dorothy. I hadn't heard from her in 17 years when she got back in touch, and it had been 20-some years since we had gone to Gino's East together in our college days. Like the credit card ads say - "priceless"!