20120215_REST-slide-57V2-blog480.jpgI've eaten so many good meals this year, and while some of them are a blur, a few dishes haunt my dreams. In no particular order:
 
1. The soft-as-a-whisper braised beef tongue with aioli at M. Wells Dinette.

2. Tingly tea-smoked chicken that almost blew my head off at Mission Chinese Food.
 
3. Unbelievably creamy black beans with avocado leaves at Fonda.
 
4. Full belly Ipswich clam rolls at Littleneck.

5. Super-tender short ribs crisped up in the wood-burning oven at Il Buco Alimentari (pictured above).

6. Kung pao chicken sandwich with a spicy, juicy kick at Northeast Kingdom.

7. Handmade burrata with black fig & smoked chili -- oh, and the organic chicken liver mousse with dried cherries and Marcona almonds -- and also the butter drenched in honey served with warm bread at Arthur on Smith.
 
8. Fried pig tails (yes, pig tails) with hush puppies at Brooklyn Star.
 
9. Smoked trout spread, fresh herbs, saltines (the nation's most underrated cracker), cornichons and smoked salt at Extra Fancy.

10. The wonderfully weird shrimp and bison with pickled wild grapes at Acme.
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