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Local Critics and Bloggers on Their Best Meals of 2014

The standout meals of the year.

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What was the single best meal you ate in 2014?

Nancy Nichols, senior editor/critic at D Magazine: "Lucia: ricotta cavatelli swirled with broccoli rabe, fennel, corn, and a mild Italian blue cheese; ravioli stuffed with smoky rabbit sausage; a seared then sous-vide-cooked pork chop finished with anchovy, garlic, and peppers, and a lovely bottle of light and citrusy Malvira Roero Arneis 2011."

Teresa Gubbins, dining reporter/senior editor at CultureMap Dallas and Star-Telegram restaurant reviewer: "Pho is for Lovers on a rainy night."

José R. Ralat, blogger at Taco Trail and writer at Cowboys & Indians magazine: "My single best meal of the year was at Cured at the Pearl Complex in San Antonio. Everything from the signature charcuterie and the pork butter to fluffy masa-crusted oysters with tapioca pearls, duck sausage patty with a perfectly cooked egg, the quail with broccoli custard and mole grits, as well as the drinks. And chef-owner Steve McHugh is as nice and genuine as they come. But in Dallas, that honor goes to Knife. I'm not much of a beef consumer, but what John Tesar and his staff are doing there has me wishing I could survive on steak alone."

Mike Hiller, travel writer and blogger at EscapeHatch Dallas: "A story for the Dallas Morning News took me to the North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain, about a 45 minute drive from New Orleans. There, a dinner at chef John Besh’s restaurant La Provence dazzled me at every course. Erick Loos, La Provence's exec chef, keeps everything simple and just right, from the heritage pigs, chickens and geese he raises out back then butchers himself, to the low-ceiling dining room heated solely by crackling fireplaces. And if you spot an old cast iron pot hanging from a hook in that fireplace, order the cassoulet."

foodbitch, blogger: "I had a truly great meal at the bar at FT33 with a truly great friend."

Malcolm Mayhew, Star-Telegram restaurant reviewer and Fort Worth contributor at Eater Dallas: "The beef rib at AF+B."

Whitney Filloon, editor at Eater Dallas: "Most recently, a meal at Hibiscus basically blew my mind, particularly oysters with lardo and cuttlefish risotto. Honorable mention for all the many, many times I went to Royal China for soup dumplings."