Apocalypse Chow: What We Want to Eat Before the End of the World
As the Mayan Apocalypse is upon us, we polled, well, ourselves, to find out what we'd want our last meal on Earth to be.
It's the end of the world as we know it, but we'll still dine...
From local favorites paired by Houston's finest to a seven-course meal ending in a dessert of opium, here's what our EOW bloggers had to say:
A Starch Parade with a Side of Opium, Please
"My dream end of the world meal, huh? Wow. I guess the appetizer would be buffalo wings from the Panama Grill that burned down in 1994. I've never had wings that tasty and tangy before or since. Main course, I'm going to go with my Memaw's chicken and dumplings. For sides...macaroni and cheese the way Boston Market used to do it years ago before they changed all their shit up. Mashed potatoes from the Kelley's in Pearland with their house gravy. Then let's finish this starch parade off with a dessert of a pumpkin, cream cheese, and ginger snap crepe from Melange Creperie. For beverage I'd like a Dublin Dr Pepper, and since it's the end of the world, if I could get some opium in that, that would be great."
Local Favorites and Homecookin'
Here in Houston, Christine would feast on the scallop pie and toffee pudding from Feast (which are limited time only anyway). For that bit of nostalgia, she'd want her dad's spaghetti sauce, dubbed "The Sauce," with her mom's famous stuffed shells.
A Neverending Story of Chocolate, Wine and Cheese
If it's my last night on Earth, I need three very, very important things -- and no, I'm not talking about my family, friends and fiancé, although I guess I'd like them to be there, too. I'm talking about the world's finest charcuterie and cheese plate (with every kind of cured meat around, mountains of cheese, fresh baked breads, olive oils, dips, fresh fruits and roasted veggies), a vineyard-sized supply of my favorite red wines like Cabernet Franc and Malbec, and a shit ton of chocolate anything. I can't lie...I'd add some of Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay biscuits too. I can't help that I'm fancy.
An Eclectic Mix of Houston's Best, with Cocktail and Wine Pairings
"Oh, if it's my last meal, there's no way it's just coming from one place. I'm pretty sure I can die happy after this:
Cocktails and Spirits (yes, in my world, this is a course): a Pegu Club from Sebastian Nahapetian, The Pass and Provisions; a shot of Ocho Tequila blanco, along with sangrita made by Ornella Ashcraft; and some kind of experimental Buffalo Trace bourbon selected by Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge.
Main: Roasted Pork Shank from Chris Shepherd, Underbelly; wine pairing selected by Matthew Pridgen.
Veggies: The Oxheart course: Pretzel rolls by Karen Man, the "roasted okra forest" dish from Justin Yu, and a wine Pairing by Justin Vann -- perhaps something that tastes like poison.
Dessert: Nitro "Christmas ice cream" from The Pass with a wine pairing by Travis D. Hinckle; frozen milk chocolate and matcha meringues by Chris Leung, Kata Robata; and one of those awesome cigar boxes of chocolates from Triniti (I really like dessert); along with a digestif selected by Alex Gregg, The Pass & Provisions.
Finally, both coffee and espresso from Greenway Coffee. I want to be awake for the end of the world."
Favorite Foods and Some Corpse Revivers
Joanna wants a meal of her favorites, including fried oysters with herb aioli, Caesar salad with tomatoes, Stouffer's macaroni and cheese, chewy chocolate chip cookies, milk, and two or three Corpse Reviver #2s -- a cocktail strong enough to bring the dead back to life.
Pesto, Made The Right Way
"Spaghetti with pesto alla genovese, hand-made in a mortar and pestle. Before food processors became de rigueur in the kitchen, my mom used to make pesto once a week throughout the summer, always with a mortar and pestle. While I like food pro pesto, the hand-ground version offers a much cleaner, more vibrant flavor, and a far more interesting texture. A food pro tends to overly homogenize, lending a muddy sameness to each bite. One of the joys of great pesto is the variation, with each bite offering a subtly different balance of flavor and texture, and artifact of the labor-intensive process. It's what I asked for on my birthday every year, and one of my favorite things to eat."
A Classy, 18-Course Affair with Real French Bread
"If the world were to end tomorrow, I would go French, Japanese and Spanish," says Mai. She'd start with oysters on the half shell with shallot mignonette and cold crab legs with fresh drawn butter, add Iberico ham over pan con tomate and a seafood medley of navajas, pulpo and ciperones a la plancha from Barcelona and move on to a duet of seared foie gras with a port cherry reduction and black truffle mousse on flown-in-from-Paris French bread. For the salad course, she'd want an organic frisee salad with crisp lardons and 63-degree poached egg before moving on to the big guns -- omakase of sushi and sashimi from Chef Hori at Kata Robata and some hearty braised beef cheek or a really fantastic osso bucco made with veal shank with marrow. She'd finish off the meal with a selection of cheeses, which must include brie and burrata, with fresh mission figs and raw honey and a dessert, a beautiful white chocolate soufflé. To go with it all? A bottle of classic Bordeaux like a good vintage Chateaux Margaux or Pétrus.
Mom's Home Cooking
"For my last meal, I would want to have my mom's Southern home cooking, which is a huge piece of chicken-fried steak smothered in white gravy, and a piece of Texas toast, sweet corn on the cob, green beans cooked in bacon, mashed potatoes with butter and cream cheese mixed into them, a pitcher of sweet tea and a giant slice of her German chocolate cake."
Houston Delights and a Medley of Beer
"For my last meal, I would like to enjoy a compilation dinner -- one that includes items from all over town. From Fogo de Chão, I would request a big hunk of pichana, with plenty of pão de queijo to accompany it. I would also add in challah bread from Slow Dough, as served at Roost -- with three dipping sauces. And, because two starches are clearly not enough, Luby's macaroni and cheese would make an appearance on the dinner table. Heck, while I'm at it -- I'd throw in a piece of Luby's fried fish, too. My accompanying drinks would be an Adelbert's Brewery Tripel B, then a Shiner Bock, followed by a Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro. (Hey, it's a big dinner -- I can't wash it down with JUST two beers!) Dessert would be composed of a gingerbread milkshake from JerryBuilt Burgers, a glass of milk, and Étoile's apple tart -- a preview of heaven, here on earth."
And finally, our very own...
Texas Favorites from Armadillo Palace (And Some Bourbon to Wash It Down)
"It'd be a meal of two Texan favorites at Armadillo Palace -- the unbeatable venison chili and massive chicken-fried steak (gravy on the side; just because the world is ending doesn't mean I want a soggy CFS) -- before retiring back home to empty a bottle of Yellow Rose bourbon with my family, preferably sitting outside under the stars."
There you have it, folks. Apparently, more than a few of us are going to be a little tipsy for the end of the world. What would you want your last meal on Earth to be?
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