The Best Things I Ate in 2011

I started writing this post on December 31st, 2010 — exactly one year ago. It was blank at the time.

Throughout the year I added to this post in an attempt not to forget some of the amazing things I’d eaten. In all honesty, though, the reason these dishes are on the list is because I couldn’t forget them. They were destined for this post whether I started it one year ago or one day ago — a selection of meals that were unforgettably good.

2011 was a pretty awesome food year. One full of amazing experiences, long-lasting memories and new favorites. Here are the best things I ate (in no particular order) during my 2011 food journey.

Deconstructed “Hamburger” — Next (Childhood menu), Chicago

BLTA — Pastoral, Chicago

Wild boar sloppy Joe with beef fat fries — Longman & Eagle, Chicago

Beef cheek curry — NEXT (Thai menu), Chicago

Pork belly hot and sour soup — NEXT (Thai menu), Chicago

Maine lobster with smoked foie gras, chanterelles and asparagus — L2O, Chicago

Roasted padron, gypsy, corno di torro and jimmy nardello peppers with tonnato — Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Brioche — Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Kobe burger — Citizen’s Band, San Francisco

Asian pork meatball sandwich — Belly Shack, Chicago

Flatbread with ramp pesto, rhubarb, ricotta and goat chorizo — Girl and the Goat, Chicago

Beef tartare with frites and truffle mayo — The Drawing Room, Chicago

Happy new year to all. Here’s to a fabulous 2012.

Now that I’ve shared my favorites with you, why not share a few with the rest of us! What were some of the best things you ate in 2011?

PS: Curious about my favorites from 2010? Check out last year’s post.


16 thoughts on “The Best Things I Ate in 2011

  1. I’m totally stealing this idea for next year 😉 All this sounds amazing! A friend of mine is here from Chicago right now, and was going on and on about how amazing the childhood menu was at Next. Gotta try to work that out next time I’m in town!

  2. Yummy!! I can definitely see why you chose those as your favorites! All of them look amazing, but that Wild boar sloppy Joe with beef fat fries is calling my name! I might need to make a trip to Chicago just to try them! 🙂

  3. Fun list! What a big world of food it is. I’ve been to many of the same places (Chicago and San Fran) but never tried the same dishes. I added that BLTA and Wild Boar Sloppy Joe to my “must try” list for 2012–thanks! Did you try the Morning Bun at Tartine? Oh my! Happy New Year!

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