Most Memorable Food

Most Memorable Food

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Here, I present to you the most memorable dishes I tasted in 2013. They may not each represent the absolute best that I ate, but they are all among the most memorable and the ones I wake up in the middle of the night dreaming.

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    Char-y chicken all swirling with Dijon mustard, garlic and more, bedecked with creamy, sweet onions and chased with a mouthful of peppery, oil-kissed rice of uncommon depth and expressiveness? Yeah, I’ll take more of that. Much more.
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    While so much of the menu is excellent here, the toasts provide that rarest of commodities: a perfect nibble to enjoy alongside an expertly crafted cocktail from the comfort of the bar.
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    Chef Kevin Sbraga and his team have always crafted excellent food at their Broad Street restaurant. But this year, they somehow stepped up their game even further—they are right now cooking at a level that can only be described as transcendent.
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    Rabbit leg confit with smoked sausage and a sauerkraut-like accompaniment have no business being this transportingly magnificent. And yet, here they are: the stuff that an omnivore’s dreams are made of.
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    In a pig-crazy city like Philly, this dish may be one of the best around for getting your fill of swine. A confit of pork belly, a braised shoulder, garlic sausage and stuffed cabbage, all luxuriating on one glorious plate.
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    Comforting and adventurous all at once, this preparation crystallizes so much of what I look for when I’m in the mood for some stick-to-the-ribs goodness.
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    When one of the top restaurants in the city offers a limited-seating tasting menu, you can bet that reservations will be difficult to come by.
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    Something similar to this was my 14-year-old self’s fantasy after-school snack; the mid-30s version of me is furious I had to wait so long to experience its guilty, lip-licking pleasures.
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    This uber-soulful replacement of what had been Fork:etc opened soon after I moved out of Old City—a fact that makes me inconsolably sad. Because the magic being woven here by owner Ellen Yin and Chef Eli Kulp is remarkable.
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    Dim Sum Garden, in its sweeping, significantly larger new digs on Race Street, is better than ever. Not only are the soup dumplings still the best in town, but they’ve added a few new treats to the menu as well.
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