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Best dish of 2011

Matt Hinton of Bell Street Burritos, the man who created your pick for best dish of 2011. Hinton, shown here at his stall at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in August, has now expanded, with a new location on the Westside. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Matt Hinton of Bell Street Burritos, the man who created your pick for best dish of 2011. Hinton, shown here at his stall at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in August, has now expanded, with a new location on the Westside. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Green chile burritos at Bell Street Burritos
You say “A pork and green chili burrito from Bell St. burritos is about as good as eating gets” and “Chicken/green chile/potato burrito from Bell Street Burritos. With lots of green salsa. YUM.”

2. San Gennaro pizza at Antico Pizza Napoletana
3. Ribeye at Hal’s
4. Smoked wings at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
5. (tie) Sticky toffee pudding at 4th & Swift
5. (tie) Pulled pork sandwich at Heirloom Market BBQ

Ajiaco from Lilburn's Las Arepas de Julia is among our best dishes of 2011. Photo: Gene Lee

Ajiaco from Lilburn's Las Arepas de Julia is among our best dishes of 2011. Photo: Gene Lee

OUR PICKS
Ajiaco at Las Arepas de Julia
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “My favorite dish in 2011 is Colombian ajiaco, a chicken potato soup made (with love) at Lilburn’s Las Arepas de Julia. Ajiaco contains shredded chicken, corn (on the cob), a few types of potatoes and guascas herb floating about.”

Gluten-free boule at Pure Knead Bakery
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “My favorite dish of 2011 is the gluten-free boule ($6) at Pure Knead Bakery, which specializes in allergy-friendly fare. What I love about the boule here is the surprisingly elastic real-bread-like texture, lacking the gumminess traditionally associated with gluten-free products. This is the first GF bread I’ve tasted that I wouldn’t immediately identify as an “alternative.” The bakery hand-blends flours including millet, brown-rice flour, sorghum and tapioca, enabling them to achieve a lighter and less dense product than most other wheat-flour substitutes.”

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Burrata at Cakes & Ale. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Burrata at Cakes & Ale
Chief Dining Critic John Kessler says, “Vermont burrata — that cream-filled bundle of tender mozzarella — come with a pale green herbed walnut salsa and a chiffonade of curly kale in zippy cranberry vinaigrette. Hot, buttered toasts come on the side, encouraging you to build piles of head-exploding yum. Serious awesomeness here.”

Huevo con Trufa at The Iberian Pig
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “Though their tapas menu is meant for sharing, I knew that we should order a second round of the Huevo con Trufa after my first bite, as I had to have one all to myself. Be sure to cut through the poached egg before digging in, mixing the yolk in with the tender braised pork cheek and shaved black truffles. Served with a few slices of grilled rustic bread, this small plate will get you out of the sharing mood in a hurry.”

Pappardelle carbonara at No. 246 in Decatur. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Pappardelle carbonara at No. 246. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Pappardelle carbonara at No. 246
Keeper of Best of the Big A Shane Harrison says, “A big bowl of comfort becomes an artful masterpiece at Decatur’s No. 246. This combination of silky ribbons of pasta and chunks of crispy bacon is showered with parmesan and fresh herbs and topped with a deep-fried, golden brown egg. It’s a thing of beauty and a joy you’ll wish lasted much longer.”

129 comments Add your comment

Michael

December 13th, 2011
9:05 am

The Crab Fritters at Bacchanalia are AMAZING! I have also Re-discovered the authentic Itallian tastes of Alfredo’s Italian. The best dish there is the veal, for which I refrain (as much as I can). Then I discovered their Lasagna al forne….delicious.

Katy

December 13th, 2011
9:12 am

Pimento Cheese at Empire State South
Falafel at Star Provisions
Grilled Cream Corn at DBA BBQ
Pizza at Antico
Best Bakery- Little Tart Bakeshop

RR

December 13th, 2011
9:14 am

Best this year was the beef rib and the mac and cheese at Community Q BBQ.

Billy Joe Bob

December 13th, 2011
9:31 am

The new stuffed chicken ravioli at Olive Garden. Don’t laugh until you try it, it is better than any local restaurant.

Kristina C.

December 13th, 2011
9:32 am

Chocolate hazelnut bar at Double 00. Even better than sex.

Alex

December 13th, 2011
9:41 am

My favorite dish is the Moussaka from BLU greek Taverna.very authentic and delicious!

Ashley

December 13th, 2011
9:45 am

The pork bbq sandwich at Heirloom BBQ is amazing!

Also, the order of beef (I don’t know what else to call it because that’s how you order it) at Iron Age off Buford Hwy. Soo good and so fun to cook!

Truman's Mom

December 13th, 2011
9:58 am

Chocolate Soft Serve ice cream with caramel and bacon at HD1

Lisa

December 13th, 2011
10:02 am

Best food I have had this year – Crab Cakes at Sweet Georgia Juke Joint (in the old downtown Macy’s Building). Unbelievably delicious food and nicest staff anywhere in Georgia! I hope everyone gives it a try so they will stay in business!

Anne-Caroline

December 13th, 2011
10:07 am

Chicken/green chile/potato burrito from Bell Street Burritos. With lots of green salsa. YUM

Reg

December 13th, 2011
10:08 am

Pork chops, apple sauce, macironi in cheese and lime jello at the children hospital. It was not really that great I don’t think but its a little hard to remember now. But it was the last meal I had with my little Michelle. Merry Christmas my little angle.

BWM

December 13th, 2011
10:08 am

The pork belly appetizer at the Porter. Its one of their specials so its not on the regular menu but if you ever see it listed ORDER IT! Possibly the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

Katz P. Ajamas

December 13th, 2011
10:10 am

Stuffed duck heads! Lao new year festival.

PJ

December 13th, 2011
10:25 am

Other favorite – Brandy Rabbit Boudin from The Spotted Trotter. My kids even beg for it. Worth the drive from Roswell to Kirkwood to stock up.

NaomieJones

December 13th, 2011
10:32 am

Farm Burger No. 1 at Farm Burger with fries and a maple bacon brittle shake. It will change your life!

Christina

December 13th, 2011
10:41 am

Tableside Dover Sole from Pampas!

Carla

December 13th, 2011
10:42 am

Calamari at Shillings on the Square

angrymeatball

December 13th, 2011
10:43 am

GOLDEN CORRAL??? LMAO!

Marie

December 13th, 2011
10:47 am

Fried Chicken at Sweet Georgia Juke Joint

outside 285

December 13th, 2011
10:48 am

One of my favorite meals is Shrimp Oo La La at Henri’s in downtown Acworth.

EO

December 13th, 2011
10:49 am

Lamb Chops at Atmosphere.. YUM!

Chris

December 13th, 2011
10:49 am

Pork Tamales from the Tamale Queen food truck.

Big Earl

December 13th, 2011
10:49 am

The Bone-in ribeye from Bones. 2nd best steak I’ve ever had…only Peter Luger’s has it beat.

Chris

December 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Sorry, that should be pork tacos from Tamale Queen. Their tamales are chicken. They’re really good too!

Mike

December 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Dry Aged Sirloin
Sherry Roasted Vidalia Onions and Potatoes
at Local Republic in Lawrenceville.

kennethc

December 13th, 2011
10:58 am

fried lobster at Arizonia’s stone crest mall —the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Didi

December 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Calamari at the Real Chow Baby on Ponce.

Herman Cain

December 13th, 2011
11:09 am

Shalom Falafel in Little Jerusalem makes a mean pita!

TOMC

December 13th, 2011
11:13 am

I’ve eaten lots of good food this year but for delicious, elegant, simplicity the whole roasted fish with potatoes and garlic spinach at Sotto Sotto is very memorable.

just Me

December 13th, 2011
11:13 am

@GoDawgs- your wife is a very smart lady!! Do you have a brother???

The best meal so far in 2011 was ribs and mac and cheese at Community Q….also Lemon and Scallop risotto at Nathalie’s in Macon.

Julie

December 13th, 2011
11:15 am

Pork belly BLT at Family Dog!

Katie P

December 13th, 2011
11:36 am

The Atlanta food scene is nothing short of spectacular! Still so many places on my list to try, but here is what stuck with me, thus far:

1. Lamb Ragu appetizer, Venison Tenderloin, Gouda Corn side, Sticky Toffee Pudding- 4th and Swift
2. Scallops- Aria and BlueRidge Grill
3. Beef Carpaccio- Holeman and Finch
4. Anything from Rathbun’s “Second Mortgage”
4. The mini desserts at Seasons 52 (cliche, maybe, but they are perfectly portioned and delicious!)

audra

December 13th, 2011
11:37 am

Anything at Homegrown on Memorial. I just discovered this place, and it has great southern comfort food, with a slight gourmet twist. Also two thumbs up for OK Cafe. Same thing – awesome southern cooking!

Katie P

December 13th, 2011
11:41 am

And the Mussels appetizer at Bistro Niko!

cheepfoodie

December 13th, 2011
11:42 am

not in any order:
Pork plate-Fresh Air BBQ…Soup no.1(Pnom Pen?mispelled)-Lee’s Bakery…Fried chicken w/sides-Buckner’s…$4.25 beef/chicken lunch special-Taqueria El Rey.

Joe in Woodstock

December 13th, 2011
11:47 am

cheese stuffed hamburgers with jalapeno poppers off the grill on my patio!!!

Foodie

December 13th, 2011
11:49 am

Go omakase (chef’s choice) at Sushi Hayakawa in Doraville and you will think that you have died and gone to heaven (or Tokyo as the case may be)

DPR

December 13th, 2011
11:51 am

Gotta give some love to the Lobster Enchiladas at Georgia Grille.

Steve

December 13th, 2011
12:00 pm

2 Little Burgers and a side of onion rings from Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown!

sp

December 13th, 2011
12:02 pm

For ITP – San Gennaro at Antico Pizza
For OTP – Crawfish Ooh La La at Henry’s Louisiana Grill -downtown Acworth

Shannon

December 13th, 2011
12:03 pm

Hands down, the tres leches cake at Tierra. If there’s such a thing as a “foodgasm”, I had one the moment I took the first bite of that incredible treat.

TS

December 13th, 2011
12:05 pm

I just had a Beef Cheek Stroganoff at Muss & Turners that was nuts.

Jackie Caldwell

December 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

The grilled steak salad at the Yahoola Creek Grill in Dahlonega. Fresh spring greens , tomatoes grill steak crispy roasted potatoes and blue cheese

Nicolas G.

December 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

I Third the motion for the Lamb Shank at BLU Greek Taverna! Simply WOW!

TD

December 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

The BBQ Combo plate with chicken, ribs, potato salad, and baked beans from Thompson Brothers BBQ on Cobb Pkwy.

mouthwatering

December 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

the Tuna Luna at bagelicious

Sherry

December 13th, 2011
12:19 pm

Fried pork chops at The Beautiful on Cascade are a sinful delight!!!!!

John

December 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

pork on a stick from the mixed up food truck

StinkyPete

December 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

The Pork Barbecue Torta special at Taqueria Los Hermanos is the best BBQ sandwich in the metro area and one of the most memorable things I had this year.

Tiffany

December 13th, 2011
12:29 pm

HEIRLOOM MARKET BBQ in Smyrna!!! This place serves the BEST BBQ I’ve ever had! Try the smoked wings and colllards….OMGEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!