As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've covered standbys, newcomers, 'hoods, one-word descriptions of the year and dining surprises. Now it's time for the single best meals.[Photo: Andrea Grimes/EDFW]
Q: What and where was your single best meal in 2011?
Daniel "BBQ Snob" Vaughn, Full Custom Gospel BBQ: My single best meal was a smorgasbord of smoked meats at Pecan Lodge. Pulled pork, thick sliced fatty brisket, the city's best fried chicken, homemade pork sausage and some fried okra to round it all out.
Stephanie Hawkes, DFW Food Truck Foodie: Rolled Gold - Chicken & Hong Kong Waffle with peppercorn gravy from City Street Grille.
foodbitch, ask foodbitch and City of Ate: The Tasting Table in Franschhoek, South Africa
Sarah, BigDFoodTrucks: Pillows of gnocchi and housemade charcuterie at Lucia
José Ralat Maldonado, The Taco Trail:
Dinner at Smoke:
Hummus with broccoli rabe and toast
Foie Gras & Chicken Liver Pate
The Big Rib
NC-style pulled pork with blue-cheese cole slaw
Pit-roasted cabrito enveloped in papery masa with tamarind goats milk cajeta & green apple salsa verde
Canella churros with Mexican chocolate & orange marmalade