Last year around this time, several of the food bloggers I follow compiled their top ten meal lists for the year. I knew it was something I wanted to try this year. It was fun reminiscing over all the meals I’ve had this year, though it was hard selecting my top ten. Here they are:
10. Snooze A.M. Eatery
It’s only been opened a short while in San Diego, but I’ve already dined there twice and love it. Solid food and a super friendly staff makes this place one of my favorites for brunch. I especially adore the eggs benedict variations and different pancake offerings. Full post can be found here.
9. Coop’s BBQ
My experience with bbq is pretty limited, but Coop’s is the best bbq I’ve tasted to date. The meat is smoked all the way through, and manages to stay moist and tender too. I can’t get enough of the brisket, ribs, and red beans and rice. Full post can be found here.
I’ve always loved wings and like them as crispy as possible. After discovering Kyochon wings, it’s hard to eat anything else. The wings are fried twice, creating an amazingly thin and crispy skin like no other. The soy garlic taste is also quite addicting. I think I’ve eaten a couple hundred of these this year. Full post can be found here.
7. Kome Buffet
For around $23 per person you get access to a buffet offering high quality sushi, desserts, lobster, dim sum, and more. You don’t often see uni offered at buffets, but it’s offered here. I love indulging on uni, lobster, sashimi, duck, mango mousse and green tea ice cream. Full post can be found here.
6. Sushi Shibucho
FH and I love omakase-style sushi at the sushi bar. Sushi Shibucho may not be the best omakase we’ve had, but it was the best bargain. We had 18 pieces of high quality fish and 3 non-fish bites for the price of $50 per person. I also had my best bite of uni and best bite of tuna for 2011 here as well. Full post can be found here.
5. Hakkai Shabu Shabu
I’ve never seen as many hot pot items as I saw at the hot pot buffet display at Hakkai in Taiwan. Endless rows of ingredients to add to your hot pot, as well as a large selection of drinks, desserts, and even beer all for a mere $15 per person. Full post can be found here.
I’ve only dined here so far for brunch, but I fell in love with Chef Conant’s famous spaghetti. During Sunday brunch, the view is beautiful, the spaghetti is unlimited, along with many other tasty bites. A whole entire room is dedicated to Executive Pastry Chef Richard Ruskell’s desserts, and we tasted truffle essence cavier from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop. Getting to see Tyra Banks and Chef Scott Conant in the flesh was pretty exhilarating too. Full post can be found here.
3. Sea Harbor Restaurant
With over 100 items on their menu, this high end dim sum was some of the tastiest dim sum I’ve ever experienced. Even classic treats like shrimp har gow were substantially bigger than ones I’m used to eating. The scallop and shark fin dumplings and live carp porridge were some of my favorite bites. Full post can be found here.
Our first visit to Kaito remains one of the most memorable meals of all time for me. But our second one which occurred this year was almost just as good as our first. Endless amazing bites of fish accompanied by the company of Sushi Chef Joe made this one mouthwatering meal. Full post can be found here.
Nine course tasting menu at a two star Michelin restaurant. The food was amazing, the experience was lengthy but delicious. Oh and the little surprise from FH after the meal didn’t hurt either. Full post can be found here.
And that wraps it up. Some that didn’t quite make the cut, but deserve an honorable mention: Animal, World Trade Center Club, The Mission, Relate. Here’s hoping 2012 is full of even more memorable meals!