My Top 10 Food Memories of 2011

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The last weeks of December always serve as an inflection point: We spend 1/4 of our time reflecting on the past year and 1/4 of our time resolving to make the next year a little better. The other half we spend getting fat and drunk. (After all, it's easier to lose five pounds and sober up after New Year's if you just drunkenly packed on 15 in the previous month.)

I'll save resolutions for next week. This week I'll do my best to examine why my jeans are so tight. Here are my top 10 food moments of the last year. Many of the memories had more to do with the circumstances of the day than what was actually on my plate. Food is funny like that.

NHS Tavern burger (pictured above)
I think maybe this food memory is so intense because I'd just gotten to Dallas and was feeling a little rudderless. Sitting at the bar alone at NHS Tavern, I had an absolutely transcendent burger. Since I've gone back, subsequent burgers haven't measured up to that original experience, but I think that may be one of those "caught in a moment" things. They still serve one of Dallas' finest.

*****

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Cane Rosso Pizza
When Dino Santonicola came to town, Jay Jerrier's pizzas went from good to great. The crust became more light and airy, and the flavor improved just a touch. I hope they stay that way as he expands.

*****

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Sour Cream Enchiladas at Herrera's
I don't know what to say about these things. That sauce is a total guilty pleasure; it might be laced with crack. But when I'm not eating to work and I'm not cooking (and I'm hardly ever cooking) I'm pounding on these till my plate is clean.

*****

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Spicy Fish Soup at Korea House
I'd never have ordered this soup unless I had seen another diner greedily slurp it up. But I was hungover. And then I wasn't.

*****

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100 shell fish at Old Ebbit Grill
Back in D.C., I'd just been handed my ass. After not getting a job I really wanted at the time, I decided to cope the only way I new how: oysters and champagne. After I crossed sixty I started enjoying other shellfish, switching back and forth between raw oysters and steamed clams. I made it all the way to 96. And I closed with four massive steamed shrimp. It was a big victory. And then I felt gross.


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Steve
Steve

AND it looks like you were able so sample some beers wif Sir Richard Branson 'imself!!#Humblebrag

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Had a couple of faves this year:

Smith and Wolensky in Vegas: Gorgonzola crusted Dry aged ribeye and shared a seafood bouquet..best damn big arsed oysters I've ever had..and the steak was mind blowing.

Reata: Ribeye wiith some awesome jalapeno grits and green beans, some nice Cab..great meal

Alamo Springs Cafe: Best damn burger in the best damn state of all time.

Ms. Hatties: damn fine burger for lunch, and really tasty dry aged ribeyes for supper.

Chophouse grill: When in Arlington, do yourself a favor and stop in here...top three burger in the Great state..methinks...an awesome blend of brisket and ground, one of my favorite hamburger patties of all time.

Nic's grill: Best damn burger not located in the great state, while in the City (OKC) I recommend it highly.

Also found my new favorite butcher, it's a drive but well worth it..located in the metropolis of Miles, Tx..Sklenarik's market wet ages their hand cut ribeyes for 55 days and  the melt in yo mouth like butta!

therrick
therrick

Back in mid-April I had one of the best Beef Chilada Platters at Taco Bueno. The queso on it was just so silky smooth. With a nice dollop of sour cream and guacamole on the side. The salsa had just the right amount of kick with nice visible chunks of onion and jalapeno. It was so good I now have it every week.

Will
Will

I have to say that Korea House BBQ was my favourite "hidden gem" since moving here in January. The only other stand out food memory were the Bloody Marys at Villa O. I'm just glad I landed in a city that actually tries to put out some good food.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Old Ebbets Grill brings back good memories.  Ate there in the early '80s; my recollection is they had a pretty good hamburger.  The ruben reminds me of a deli--can't recall the name anymore--on Connecticut Ave just north of Calvert.  It was a father and son place full of Redskins stuff.

Jennifer C
Jennifer C

Suckling pig at Latte di Luna in Pienza. Chicken roasted under a brick at Dante's Kitchen in New Orleans. My first Hot Mess at Pecan Lodge (there were many that followed).

Jana
Jana

Still need to try those sour cream enchiladas at Herrara's...

My favorite food memory of the year actually kicked off 2011.  I was in New Orleans for the first time and I shared 2 dozen char-grilled oysters at Acme Oyster House... one of my top meals of the year. I could have easily eaten both dozens by myself.

Then there was the lobster thermidor at Woodfire Kirby's. Started my love for French cooking.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

that reuben looks effing delish!!!!! I need that, NOW damnit!  My best food memory of the year was becoming an every day commenter on the city of ate.  Although it started as a bit, I actually like it in here now.  Thanks guy and gals

Nick R.
Nick R.

That fish soup was Coen brothers good.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

What was up with that Blue Cheese crust? I just tried one and thought it was lame, but maybe theirs is more "crusty?"

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I too had an incredible dish there therrick, I believe they called it La Espanol Dips or somesuch..twas awesome in an endearing sort of way.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I love the fajita taco platter there, with a side or said queso.  Somehting about the mixture of their salsa and queso on the taco is mmm goodness.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

That burger was OK. They oysters though... That happy hour was the best.

Guest
Guest

I enjoyed an incredible Porchetta on the main street of Pienza a few years ago. I've never seen it made quite the same way in the USA. No comparison to what's offered as "Porchetta" here.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

"A Simple Man" was NHS Tavern-burger good.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Perfect medium steak and the cheese was browned..slightly charred..it was crazy good. Methinks its more of a Yankee thing, but damn it was super good. Don't discount that dryaged steak either. One of the best steak house dinners I've ever had, expensed too..and about 8 bottles of Cab!!

just sayin'
just sayin'

Gennarino's food truck occasionally offers a porchetta sandwich that you just might like. I don't think its a regular menu item, so you might want to find them on facebook before you go to see if they are offering it that day. Its a good fucking sammich.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

I agree.  Central Market carries porchetta at the deli case but to me it tastes more ham and less porchetta. 

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