Last Meal Fit for a Food-Writing King: Josh Ozersky on Rio Cristal
There's a steak underneath.
Photo by Carina Ost
Every person has pondered the last-meal question. But for a true food enthusiast, it can be an especially difficult answer that changes almost daily. There are the fancy and decadent foods that your palate embraces, the fatty concoctions that stuff you silly, and the meals that bring you the most comfort and take you back to your childhood.
In the aftershock of Monday's loss of famed food writer Josh Ozersky, it touched Miamians' hearts to discover that in an interview last month with SF Weekly, he chose a Magic City restaurant as the answer to the last-meal question.
The Miami native who brought us Meatopia only months ago gave this most epic answer to the age-old question: So what would be your last supper?
You want to talk morbid? I think about that question every three days. The end has to be contained in the beginning, though, so I would have to go back to the happiest/saddest hours of my lonely childhood. So I guess we are saying the palomilla steak piled high with limp, oily, delicate shoestring French fries at Rio Cristal, in Miami, paired with a tall glass of Fox's U-Bet chocolate milk, while watching the "Space Hippies" episode of Star Trek onscreen.
Sadly, this locally beloved meal at Rio Cristal with the steak hidden beneath a mountain of fries was not Ozersky's last supper, because he was found lifeless in a Chicago hotel. However, his sentiment is hard to shake because he perfectly expressed that mouth-memory-heart connection that only the best food writers can conjure.
So we raise a glass of chocolate milk to this fine food writer and will think of him fondly the next time we order this playful dish.
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