As 2012 comes to an end, we're surveying friends, readers, critics, and bloggers about the year in dining. Now, we ask folks to recall their single best meal of the year. Readers, feel free to weigh in via the comments.
Oak. [Photo credit: Andy Keye + Whitney Photography]
Q: What and where was your single best meal in 2012?
Kevin Gray, editor, UrbanDaddy Dallas: "Oak. The food's great, and you've got to love the service, ambiance and thoughtful presentations. Good stuff, all around. I'm especially a fan of the Moroccan Octopus with Pork Jowls and the Gnocchi with Braised Goat."
José Ralat-Maldonado, blogger, The Taco Trail: "At Los Torres Taqueria where I enjoyed regional goat preparations, like chivo tatemado, birria and barbacoa, in exquisite house-made flour and corn tortillas. The cabeza (squishy, delicious cowhead) and carne adobada (pork, actually) are also stellar. It's world-silencing stuff."
Rich Vana, editor, Entrée Dallas: "Valentine's Dinner at Oak with my wife. The entire experience—every single detail—was simply spot on. The meal itself was prix-fixe, with, out of the five courses, a gnocchi/mushroom dish and the chocolate mousse dessert standing out most in my memory."
Gavin Cleaver, barbecue blogger, City of Ate: "The first time I went to Pecan Lodge I assumed I was dead and angels made from brisket had escorted me to the pearly gates. Then I came round and realized that, sadly, this meal had to end and life would continue afterwards."
foodbitch, blogger: "Lunch at Jean Georges in New York City."
Whitney Filloon, editor, Eater Dallas: "Probably Ippudo in New York. Pork belly steamed buns, pork tatsuta-age, the 'Modern' ramen bowl, and an icy cold Kirin... just unspeakably delicious, which is why I'm so excited that Tanoshi Ramen is coming to my 'hood soon. As far as Dallas goes, FT33 blew me away with their pork jowl dish with crushed pork rinds, and an amazing chicken dish with peanuts and chanterelles. Where else can you eat food like that while listening to the Wu-Tang Clan?"