Best Things I Ate in 2014

As the year comes to a close, it’s important to reflect. About your life, your goals, your relationships, and – of course – about the food you ate. Of course.

And, since I dedicated a pretty sizable chunk of time towards stuffing my face this year, it’s seemed only right that I documented some of my favorites. So, without further ado, here they are – the best things I ate in 2014. (In no particular order, with the exception of the first item from Blackbird, which absolutely takes the top spot on my list this year.)

Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

The best thing I ate this year: Six year cow’s milk cheddar (with smoked paprika biscuit, toasted hazelnut and calabrian chili) — Blackbird, Chicago


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

Cuban sandwich — Publican Quality Meats, Chicago


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

Garlic shrimp taco — Antique Taco, Chicago


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

BBQ’d carrots — Publican, Chicago


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

Pineapple upside down cake buttermilk frozen yogurt — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

THE cheeseburger — Au Cheval, Chicago


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

Smoked brisket taco — Dove’s Luncheonette, Chicago


Bests of 2014 via @freshandfoodie

Pepperoni and ricotta pizza — Coalfire, Chicago


perennial abraxas via @freshandfoodie

(And of course I had to throw a craft beer into the mix, too!) AbraxasPerennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis


And, last but not least, those that I didn’t take a picture of (I know, I know)…

Confit octopus (with braised beef cheek, chanterelle, brussels sprouts leaves, sunchoke puree, red wine jus) — Dusek’s, Chicago

Beef bourguignon — Deca, Chicago

Date shakes — Windmill Market, Palm Springs

Salmon tartare — Kinmont, Chicago

Salad of endives (with crispy potatoes, basil, Dijon, pancetta and poached egg) — Blackbird, Chicago


Need more tantalizing food porn? Dig into the archives and see my Best Of lists from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010/2009.

What were some of the best things you ate this year? Share in the comments section below, or send me a Tweet @freshandfoodie.


11 thoughts on “Best Things I Ate in 2014

  1. As always, my stomach lives vicariously through your photos. Glad we could share the Dove’s food adventure together. Happy New Year, lady! xoxo, A

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