Published December 11, 2012
What would eat as your last meal on Earth?
If the Mayans are correct about the world ending on Dec. 21 (although these reasons should be enough to convince you otherwise), you may want to make sure your last couple of meals are ones for the ages.
While some may opt for all the most over-the-top foods you can think of: foie gras, truffles and caviar, we decided that comfort-food classics would be the way to go.
If the Mayans are wrong, then you can just write it off as some more holiday indulgence.
Here is our guide to help you satisfy your appetite before the supposed apocalypse.
Looking to squeeze in a steak dinner before the end of the world? Try to get into the famous Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, which is often considered the best of the best. Other places where carnivores can get the best beef around include Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Fla., Carnevino in Las Vegas and the Precinct in Cincinnati.
You have the Mayans to thank for the Armageddon Burger from Slater’s 50/50. The burger chain, which is known for its half-bacon, half-beef patties, has pulled together the ultimate last meal: a half beef, half rendered pancetta burger patty that is wrapped in bacon, topped with prosciutto, arugula, mustard and chipotle ketchup, and then placed between a bacon pretzel bun. The burger will be around for all of December, so you can always celebrate the fact that the world didn’t end on the 21st with one of these bacon meatloaf burgers on the 22nd.
How do you make fries even more delicious? Go to Boise Fry Company in Idaho, choose your favorite variety of potato, decide how you want your fries cut, and then choose an out of this world sauce, like a chipotle aioli.
If something along the lines of Kimchi fries with Kurobuta pork belly, onions and cheddar cheese sounds good, you should definitely visit the Frysmith truck in Los Angeles. This LA favorite is known for its innovative, creative and delicious fry combinations.
Check out more outrageous fry options here.
Grilled cheese is a childhood favorite that adults are rediscovering as an ooey-gooey comfort food. And these restaurants aren’t serving your standard American cheese on white bread. The Queens Kickshaw in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. is home to a grilled Gouda sandwich made with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapeños.
Also worth a visit is Café Mezza in Houston, where you can order a Mediterranean grilled cheese made with mozzarella, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives on Ciabatta bread.
Maine lobster is a summer staple in New England, so many of the go-to places are closed for the season. However, if you would like to treat yourself to some pre-apocalypse lobster, you can enjoy some Maine-style rolls at Luke’s Lobster. Luke’s Lobster has a couple of New York locations, along with shacks in Washington D.C., Georgetown and Bethesda, Md., and the rolls should tide you over until you can get some authentic New England lobster during the summer. That is, if there is a summer 2013.
You might not want to waste what could be your last slice of pizza ever on delivery. If you are in the New York area, make the trip to Keste Pizza e Vino in the West Village for Naples-style pies. If you prefer the Chicago variety, go to Great Lake Pizza. It is only open Wednesday–Saturday, though, so make sure you squeeze it in before you run out of time.