I was headed out to lunch with one of my best work friends and we were talking about different foods we liked, and Greek food came up. She was talking about a place she went to that was very delicious. I mentioned a local Greek chain and we both agreed while good for a Greek chain, it was not the best Greek food we have ever had.
This brought our conversation to the entire point of this post. I told her about the best Gyro I have ever eaten. Originally being from Columbus Ohio, I spent more than my fair share of time on the campus of the greatest University in the world, The Ohio State University (Start eye rolling now, as that statement will bring a lot of contention). On campus there were two little Greek take outs called Greek Village. They had cheap but delicious Greek food and 99 cent Gyros (yup, NINETY-NINE CENTS(this was the late 80’s). I will never forget how good those Gyros tasted to me, whether after record shopping at Singing Dog records or Magnolia Thunderpussy (both GREAT shops) or after a late night of drinking at the local bars (Purity, Mean Mr. Mustards, Travel agency), you HAD to stop and get a Gyro.
I love Gyros. I order them when I am in a Greek place almost every time guaranteed. but they will never taste as good as my memories of those delicious Gyros from Greek Village. if I were to have one today, I am certain I would be disappointed, as those sub-dollar Greek treats are probably not as good as I remember them to be, but I have elevated to a near mythical level in my memories.
We all have a place like that in our minds. maybe a local pizza shop that has closed down. Maybe a specialty from your home town (I am thinking Skyline Chili, Cincinnati). We all have that special moment, we have all had that ‘perfect’ slice of pizza, the greatest mac and cheese we have ever had, been to the best fish and chips shop in the entire UK (ok, maybe not everyone has that memory, but I will never forget the fish and chips I had at a shop across from Maine Road in Manchester before Seeing City play Portsmouth). We all have had that taste nirvana, where we convince ourselves that whatever it is we are eating at that moment is the pinnacle of taste, and there will never be a better as long as we live.
I would like to hear what your magical item, that ‘best (XXX) I ever had’ was. Please feel free to comment.