Chef Five Bites: Dennis Marron

Dennis Marron wanted a new surfboard, so at age 15, he took his first job in a restaurant washing dishes to pay for it. In the years since, the New Jersey native graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, headed West to cook in San Francisco and Minneapolis, and returned to the East Coast where he landed in the kitchen at Bistro Bis. Kimpton Hotels tapped him as executive chef of The Grille at Morrison House, and earlier this year he also took over the kitchen at the Hotel Monaco's Jackson 20.

1. Bologna, egg and cheese from the Blue and White. "And the fried chicken leg sandwich (bone in of course). All the food is super cheap and delicious — just get there before 11 a.m. if you want breakfast and try the coffee with cream and sugar, super sweet but one of a kind delicious."

2. Carnitas tacos at Burrito Grill

3. Cheese steak, green peppers and onions, American cheese and hot peppers at Al’s Steak House

4. Steak tartar from Bistro Bis

5. All the charcuterie, especially the lardo, from 2 Amys

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret