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 with 60 accompaniments — Alinea, Chicago
Walking Taco — Big Star, Chicago
Space IPA — Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago
Fromage course — Next (Bocuse D’or menu), Chicago
Wake and bake latte — Dark Matter/Star Lounge, Chicago
Momofuku Ramen* — Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC (repeat “best of” offender — also appeared on my 2010 “best of” list)
Sopressata pizza — Coalfire, Chicago
Fatty tuna, yellowtail belly, salmon belly prepared sashimi style — Masaki, Chicago
Sturgeon with its caviar — Next (The Hunt menu), Chicago
Ricotta pound cake — The Publican, Chicago
Truffle ‘za — Balena, Chicago
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 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!
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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