In no particular order, here are our 25 favorite bites of 2011. Some were time-honored classics, some were fresh new creations and a few were just plain weird. Either way, these are the bites that inspired us to write about, photograph and eat food in the past year.
Fried Chicken & Waffle at Biscuits Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, MA.
Shrimp and Fried Grits at Atchafalaya Restaurant in New Orleans, LA.
Fresh Cheese & Chili Sauce at Cafe Mimo in New Bedford, MA.
Dorado Ceviche at Calypso Caribbean Style Grill in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Lobster Rolls at the Grace Church in Vineyard Haven, MA.
Goldbud Peaches, Taleggio Cheese and Arugula Salad at Détente Restaurant in Edgartown, MA.
Chicken Liver Pate: Emeril Lagasse’s Terrine de Foies de Volaille & Epicurious’ Brandied Chicken Liver Pâté.
Glazed Pig Tails at Cook & Brown Public House in Providence, RI.
Chilled Pea and Mint Soup at DuckFat Restaurant in Portland, ME.
The HRH Burger at The English Rose in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Pork Pies at Hartley’s in Fall River, MA.
Fried Four Cheese Mac from The Newes From America Pub’s winter “Wee Bites” menu in Edgartown, MA.
Oyster Soup from the cookbook, Vittles for the Captain (1941).
Lobster Roll at Henry’s in Edgartown, MA.
Octopus sauteed with onions at El Karacol in La Parguera, Puerto Rico.
Fresh Spring Rolls at Sai Mai Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, MA.
Hamachi Sashimi with Yuzu, Truffle Oil and Shiso by O Ya Restaurant at the Sake Tasting seminar, Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival.
Scallop Ceviche from Dave “Pops” Masch’s cookbook, Cooking the Catch.
Deep Fried Snickers Bar by Bill Smith’s Clambake at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair in West Tisbury, MA.
Meat Pies from Sam’s Bakery in Fall River, MA.
Heinz Spotted Dick in a can, purchased at Edgartown Meat & Fish in Edgartown, MA.
Rhode Island Grinder Topping Dog at Spike’s Junkyard Dog in Providence, RI.
Charcuterie Plate at State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury, MA.
“Estufado de Tripa” or Tripe and Pork Stew with Coconut, Galangal and Green Curry from Toro Restaurant in South Boston, MA.
Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce from Winsor Dim Sum in Boston’s Chinatown.
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