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Dec 12, 2007 08:25 AM

What were your top 5 meals of 2007?

As I think about the great meals I had this year, I think I may have had some my finest dinners ever in 2007. And since we are getting close to the end of the year, I thought this would be a great time to reflect on some of our best meals in the from of top 5 lists.

My top 5 (most memorable) meals this year:

5) Schwartz's deli (Montreal)
4) Bacci's Italian (Waukegan)
3) Bella Bacino's deep dish pizza
2) Joe's Stone Crab

and drum-roll please!

1) Hugo's Frog Bar

My worst meals (or least my biggest letdowns) would have to include Toplobompo, The Italian Village & a really dumpy Waukegan Taco stand called El Taco Parado that went straight into a trash can.

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  1. Great Idea for a thread:

    I have to do 6 since 5 & 6 were so close

    # 6 Fabulous Noodles - Lisle
    # 5 Amanacer Tapatio - Joliet
    # 4 Frontera Grill - Chicago
    # 3 CoalFire - Chicago
    # 2 Joe's Stone Crab
    # 1 Saloon Steakhouse

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      1. i'm limiting my responses to Chicago.

        6. Moto
        5. Avenues
        4. Opera
        3. Boka
        2. Niche
        1. Kaze

        (and yes, I went to Alinea and Schwa in the past year)

        1. Ya know, all my friends really think I'm a food snob, but I really am not. I just can't stand it when you go to a restaurant and they use low quality ingredients, or in some other way you can tell that the cooks or chefs simply do not give a rat's patoot about what they are serving. That being said, my friends are ALWAYS surprised when I tell them some of my favorite spots to eat because a lot of them are dives. Sure, I do like going to fancy places that serve good food, but there seems to be far more holes in the wall that serve really good food as well in this city.
          My bestest meals including value:

          5. Tac Quick:
          fried baby bok choy, cucmber salad, chive dumplings, panang curry.
          Nothing too out of the norm, but EASILY 5 stars for each dish. Out the door tax/tip for under 40.00 and have had nothing come anywhere close since.

          4. Burrito from Las Asadas
          3. Burrito from Las Asadas
          2. Brothers Sushi in Los Angeles. Um, can you say FRESH? Once you've had fresh mackerel, you can understand why it's as popular a fish as it is on the island nations of the world. As was explained to me one time, Mackerel breaks down FAR quicker than most fish which is why it is not on a lot of menus in the states. The chef at Brother's asked where I was from. He then told me that I have never had fresh good mackerel, and threw a piece at me gratis. Good, fresh, mackerel is right up there with good yellowtail. I had just never had it before at the sushi spots in Chicago. I have since only had a good piece of saba at that pricey sushi place in arlington heights. It is a rarity in Chicago. I loved that mackerel. </craving>

          1A. Sol De Mexico.
          Let's just say that Frontera is almost an afterthought for me these days...And by using the term "almost," I am just being nice.

          1B. Sorry, it's a tie. I was introduced to Khan's BBQ early this year, and I cannot for the life of me shake the craving for Khan's grilled or broasted chicken. Amazing.

        2. Limiting it to Chicago, only:

          5. Sweets & Savories
          4. Follia
          3. TAC Quick
          2. Blackbird
          1. Kaze

          Most overrated: Otom, Sepia, Thalia Spice

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            1. 1. August (New Orleans)
              2. Topolobampo (20th anniversary dinner)
              3. Ambria (last night)
              4. Everest
              5. (tie) Custom House, Aigre Doux

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                1. re: blondie60614

                  "last night" means "the last night they were open"