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From A To Z With Restaurant Hunter's Rob Petrone

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Amanda Prince, Restaurant Hunter’s intrepid correspondent. A great talent and teammate.

Bill Murray. My dream dining companion. Can you imagine the stories?

Craft beer. Westchester has no shortage of homegrown brews, and two in particular—Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Peekskill Brewery—are making beers as good as any in the nation.

Dubrovnik Restaurant in New Rochelle. The best vacation of my life was to Croatia, and this gem of a Croatian restaurant effortlessly transports me to the Adriatic Sea.

Ethnic food. From Ethiopian to Indian, Nepalese to Portuguese, the diversity of eats in Westchester is outstanding—you just have to be willing to do a little digging.

FiOS1 News. What else did you think I was going to say? Best place to get your local news, weather, traffic, and sports in Westchester!

Eric Gabrynowicz, executive chef and co-owner of Restaurant North and Market North in Armonk. He knows more about what goes into the food he cooks than anyone in Westchester—and he’s a Mets fan. 

Hudson River. I’m sure it’s everyone’s favorite, but can you blame them? It’s the greatest river in the world.

Instagram. Every restaurant should be using it. It’s the most powerful form of social media when it comes to food. (I do a lot of research on it.)

Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Interviewing this legendary chef—and part-time Waccabuc resident—was a career highlight. His enthusiasm for his work is palpable.

Katonah-Bedford Veterinary Center.
Our first dog, Bailey, fought cancer many times, and these wonderful people helped him win some battles.

Leaves. The fall foliage in Westchester is spectacular—like no place else!

Mets. Getting to the World Series last season was nice. Now it’s time to win it. (Thirty years since the
last one!)

Nigel Spence, the chef/owner of Ripe in Mount Vernon. One of the coolest guys we’ve worked with on the show; his restaurant will transport you to the Caribbean.

Pizza party. Places like Coals, Fortina, Polpettina, and The Parlor not only make great pies, they make pizza-night fun.  

Quirky. My favorite places to eat in Westchester often have some zany twist to them, be it an obscure location, trend-defying decor, an eccentric chef, or bizarre menu items. 

Restaurant Hunter. You saw this one coming, too. Very proud of the show
we produce—we recently won three New York Emmys!

Stroll. One of my favorite things to do is to explore by foot the many walkable communities the county has. (It’s how we find many of the restaurants we profile.)

Taconic Parkway. A road I’ve traveled many times to visit my parents upstate. A fun drive—except in winter.

Urban. I love that Westchester is a suburb with actual cities and all the great things they bring.

Venison. If you’ve never had it, imagine a cross between lamb and a lean steak. Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua does it very well.

Wife and kids. The three lovely ladies in my life—Christie, Claire, and Amelia—constantly keep me on my toes.

Peter X. Kelly. The first chef we had on Restaurant Hunter from the lower Hudson Valley—which was a no-brainer. He’s the dean of local chefs.

You (the show’s fans). I love engaging with all of you out in public and over social media.

Zillow. I may be a wee bit obsessed with their app. Real estate is a secret obsession of mine—I like house-hunting, too

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