Best bites of 2013
What dishes should we slip in before the year's end or add to our 2014 to-eat list?
Now is your chance to contextualize the excellence of the dishes you ate in 2013. Going with the convention, and to maximize signal for the SF Bay Area board, list up to ten new (to you) local tastes. Drinks allowed. To help us all plan our next excursion, feel free to list separately at most ten destination worthy dishes you ate while traveling.
Some previous "annual" Top 10 lists:
Thanks for getting this started hyperbowler!
Like last year, I am only including things on my list that I tried for the first time this year. Here are my favorite bites from 2013, in no particular order. I apologize for including more than 10.
Garganelli, Date Braised Oxtail, Buckwheat, Flowering Raab at Rich Table, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892691
Guilin Rice Noodles at Classic Guilin Rice Noodles, Oakland: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917829
Steamed Cold Noodles at Xi’an Gourmet, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/914726
Hu Tieu Nam Vang at Ha Nam Ninh, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918498
Cheeseburger at Super Duper, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9151...
Nacatamales at Casa Latina, Berkeley: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809774
Mohinga (catfish stew) at Little Yangon, Daly City: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664413
Toffee Assam Milk Tea (and Jasmine Milk Tea) at Super Cue, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9130...
Hashbrown Sandwich at Art’s Café, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922014
Rice Ball Salad at Champa Garden, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9035...
Kouignn Amann at B Patisserie, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8774...
Dry fried string beans with pork and olive at LY Garden, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8861...
Brussels Sprouts at B-Star, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898783
Bo Bia at Song Ngu, Milpitas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9060...
Dan Dan Mian at Happy Golden Bowl, El Cerrito: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8844...
Kimchi pancake and oxtail stew at To Hyang, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8866...
Molcajete at La Casa del Sazon, Salinas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5469...
Dry-fried chicken (San Tung style) at Tenglong, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888814
Zha ziang mian and various pancakes at House of Pancake, San Francisco: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8900...
Honey cake from 20th Century Café, San Francisco: Haven’t posted about this, but man, this was good!
Passion Fruit cake from Tartine Bakery, San Francisco: Haven’t posted about this, but I really enjoyed a slice I had at a friend’s birthday party.
Hamachi on “Nori Toast” at State Bird Provisions, San Francisco: Haven’t posted about this, but this was one of my favorites from my meal there. It was one of the passed specials.
re: Dave MP
And if I had to narrow it down to only 10, they would be:
Zha Ziang Mian at House of Pancake, SF
Brussels Sprouts at B-Star
Kouignn Amann at B Patisserie
Toffee Assam Tea at Super Cue
Hu Tieu Nam Vang at Ha Nam Ninh
Honey Cake at 20th Century Cafe
Mohinga at Little Yangon
Garganelli at Rich Table
Guilin Noodles at Classic Guilin Rice Noodles
Rice Ball Salad at Champa Garden
For the first time this year:
Beet & goat cheese salad with popped quinoa at Rich Table
Lamb chops from Lavash
Miso/mushroom soup at Maruya
Octopus at Coqueta
Sheep butter from Rainbow Grocery
Sierra Beauty apples from the farmers market
And traveling entries: the tasting menu at Alinea. Uni at Soto in NYC.
Rather than point to specific bites, I will just say:
This was the year of the goat.
I discovered goat meat at 4505 butcher on Mission Street this year. I've cooked several different cuts different ways, and it's become my new favorite. Lighter than beef, less strong tasting than lamb, less fatty than pork.... it's just great.
I've made goat neck ragu, goat chops, moroccan lentil soup with goat shoulder bits. It's been a revelation.
Several dishes new to me stood out as special in 2013, but these ten top the list:
20th Century Café (SF): Russian Honey cake http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9144...
Bar Tartine (SF): Chicken paprikas with spaetzle and black trumpets
China Village (Albany): Spicy Charred Stir-Fried Cabbage
Cotogna (SF) : Bigoli with crab http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8882...
Fusebox (Oakland) : Agedashi tofu
Happy Golden Bowl (El Cerrito): Spicy Hot Boiled Lamb http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8889...
House of pancakes (SF) : Onion pancake with egg http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8900...
El Molino Central (Sonoma): Beans with house rendered lard
Stag’s Lunchette (Oakland): breakfast sandwich
Sushi Sho (El Cerrito) : chawanmushi http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8999...
Some runners up: All Season Restaurant pork puffy bun; Cotogna pinenut tart; Frances Chickpea Fritters, Spring Garlic, Fromage Blanc, Meyer Lemon; Hi-Lo BBQ burger with pork belly and chicharron; Piccino hen of the woods mushroom ravioli in whey sauce with oregano; R&G Lounge salt and pepper crab; Roxie Food Center breakfast sandwich; Zanze pumpkin cheesecake
US travels, all places courtesy of 'hound tips:
Cheeky's (Palm Springs) : jalapeño bacon
Pizzeria Mozza (LA) : squash blossom pizza
Tabare (Brooklyn) : chorizo clam chowder
Based on our annual two trips to the Bay Area in 2013, way more than ten (but I starred the top ten at least!):
drinks and sweet treats:
hibiscus ginger drink at Heyday
*sweet cream ice cream at Mr & Mrs Miscellaneous
house lychee tea at Creations Dessert House
Body Heat at Laszlo's
"gimlet" well drink at Social Kitchen
plain salted caramels at Hooker's Sweet Treats
buckeye at Trouble
*monkey bread dessert at Outerlands
*Make Westing's garden gimlet, Oakland
hot butterscotch drink at 20th Century Café
lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow
*spicy octopus stew at La Ciccia (that broth!)
Naked Lunch burger
*fried chicken at Miss Ollie's, Oakland
Marla's cheese turnover at now shuttered Wrecking Ball
spring salad at Gioia
*jia san hinga soup and housemade hot sauce at Mandalay
*pretzel at Monk's Kettle
*uni flan at Skool
cheese and pepper muffin at The Mill
*onion rings at Kronnerburger (hope these are at the new place)
Aunt Malai's sausage sandwich at Pal's Takeaway
chilaquiles at Southie, Rockridge
*burger at Hopscotch, Oakland
A lot of mine aren't new to the board, but were new to me in 2013:
1. uni pasta at SPQR
2. scallop entree at SPQR
3. Spoonful of Happiness at Koo
4. raw beef salad at Yummy Yummy
5. cinammon roll at Devil's Teeth Bakery
6. devilled eggs at Fog City
7. Khoresht Bademjan at Maykadeh
8. BBQ oysters at The Marshall Store in Point Reyes
9. limeade at Sol Food in San Rafael
Tea Leaf Salad at Burmese Kitchen
Porcini doughnuts at Rich Table
Dittto on the Honey Cake at 20th Century Cafe
Another great cake at Tout Sweet Patisserie - called Tout Sweet Cake
Lobster Roll at Sams Chowdermobile
Liberty Valley Duck at Prospect
Margharita Pizza at Pizzaiolo
Mochimisu -Koja Kitchen
Eggs Benedict at Cafe de la Presse
Agnolotti dal plin at Cotogna
Gulf Shrimp at TBD
Many of my best bites were old favorites at the reopened China Village. Too many to name!
Fried chicken and waffles at Next Door in Berkeley.
SuperDuper burgers and fries, which I just discovered this year.
Posole at La Mission in Berkeley
Pozole @ Cosecha (Oakland)
Salad w/ pomegranate and persimmon @ Cosecha
Fried Chicken @ Miss Ollie's (Oakland)
Vegetarian Ramen @ The Ramen Shop (Oakland)
House-made pickles @ The Ramen Shop
Multi-layered honey cake @ 20th Century Cafe (San Francisco)
Hot butterscotch @ 20th Century Cafe
Spicy stir-fried cabbage @ China Village (Albany)
Fresh persimmon from Dry Creek Peach and Produce (Healdsburg)
Combo Bahn Mi @ Saigon Sandwich (San Francisco)
Squid with iberco and black truffle consommé @ Atelier Crenn
Walk in the forrest @ Atelier Crenn
Grape & Hazelnut @ Atelier Crenn
New potatoes @ Chez Panisse Café -- this was a fish dish, maybe sturgeon. Doesn't matter, as it was the poached potatoes that were unforgettable.
Pancetta wrapped rabbit @ Oliveto
Krondill poached lobster, skagen, white fish caviar, horseradish, avocado, chili @ Pläj
Ravioli with huitlocoche @ Loló -- later my wife had it again and thought it was too bitter and heavy, but it didn't feel so when we had it together.
Nettles and clam pizza @ Cotogna -- clam juice and nettle puree formed the sauce.
Banana and chocolate croissant @ B Patisserie
Toasted Grains @ Red Medicine, LA
Galbi @ Park's BBQ, LA
Marlin taco @ Mariscos German, San Diego
Scallop crudo with citrus @ George's Modern, San Diego
Octopus with fingerling potatoes and green beans @ the Purple Pig, Chicago
Steak and foie gras in mole negreo @ Topolobampo, Chicago
-Blood Sausage w/ Spaetzle at Bar Tartine
-Honey Cake at 20th Century Cafe
-Dungeness Crab Kimchi Yuba w/ Smoked Egg at State Bird Provisions
-Sweet Corn Triangoli at Cotogna
-Beef Cheek Gravy Poutine at Kronnerburger
-Salted Egg Yolk Battered Shrimp and Corn at Z&Y
-Brandade w/ Green Strawberries and Bay Shrimp Chips at Rich Table