Best Things I Ate in 2013

It’s that time of year again — my 5th annual “best of” list.

I know, I know — as if the world needs another “best of” list. And I agree. But, if anything, this list (and the ones I’ve done in the past) serves as a reminder of the great things I’ve eaten over the past 365 days. Because to me, each of the dishes listed below was much more than a meal. They were experiences. Something I remembered and hope to remember several years from now. Which is why I’m documenting them here. Like a journal or diary, if you will.

So now, in no particular order, the best things I ate (and drank) in 2013.

rabbit five ways at alinea via @freshandfoodie

Rabbit five ways with 60 accompaniments — Alinea, Chicago

walking taco at big star via @freshandfoodie

Walking Taco — Big Star, Chicago

half acre space via @freshandfoodie

Space IPAHalf Acre Beer Company, Chicago

fromage course from next restaurant's bocuse d'or menu via @freshandfoodie

Fromage course — Next (Bocuse D’or menu), Chicago

wake and bake latte from dark matter/star lounge via @freshandfoodie

Wake and bake latte — Dark Matter/Star Lounge, Chicago

momofuku ramen from momofuku noodle bar via @freshandfoodie

Momofuku Ramen* — Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC (repeat “best of” offender — also appeared on my 2010 “best of” list)

sopressata pizza from coalfire via @freshandfoodie

Sopressata pizza — Coalfire, Chicago

Fatty tuna, yellowtail belly, salmon belly prepared sashimi style from masaki  via @freshandfoodie

Fatty tuna, yellowtail belly, salmon belly prepared sashimi style — Masaki, Chicago

sturgeon with its caviar from next restaurant's the hunt menu via @freshandfoodie

Sturgeon with its caviar — Next (The Hunt menu), Chicago

ricotta pound cake from the publican via @freshandfoodie

Ricotta pound cake — The Publican, Chicago

truffle 'za from balena via @freshandfoodie

Truffle ‘zaBalena, Chicago

fish and chips from owen and engine via @freshandfoodie

Fish and chips — Owen & Engine, Chicago

And, last but not least, the things I forgot to take photos of. #facepalm

Mushroom Soup — Alinea, Chicago

Kimchi Bloody Mary — Little Goat Diner, Chicago

Dry/wet aged bone-in filet — Chicago Cut, Chicago

Fat rice — Fat Rice, Chicago

Want more? Follow along with me on Instagram where I’ll be posting my favorite meals throughout the year (along with a scattering of cat photos).

Want to take a peek at my past favorites?

The Best Things I Ate In 2012

The Best Things I Ate In 2011

The Best Things I Ate In 2010/2009

What are some of the best things you ate and drank this year? I’d love to hear from you — leave a comment in the box below or send me a tweet @freshandfoodie

Here’s to a happy, healthy and delicious 2014. Cheers!


2 thoughts on “Best Things I Ate in 2013

  1. Ahhhh, said it before and will say it again. Living vicariously through your tastebuds. Love that Little Goat’s bloody made your best of list too. Simply amazing. Happy New Year, lady!

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