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Letter From New York: My Lunch with Bud

Friday, October 11th, 2002

Walking along Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, Calvin Trillin marks his territory and his time here by pointing out former food landmarks. Here was a bakery, there was a butcher shop. Over there, a wonderful small cafĂ©. Jokingly, I remind him of what this neighborhood really needs: a Winstead’s.

I first met “Bud” Trillin - the man who once wrote, “The greatest restaurants in the world are, of course, in Kansas City; not all of them, just the top four or five” - about three years ago. I had sent him a letter explaining that I was a young writer new to New York, and mentioning a mildly convoluted connection we shared through a cousin. But the magic words seemed to be “Kansas City.” He immediately wrote back and we met, as we have about once a year since, for lunch. (more…)