I like lists, and I like food. So I was naturally interested in Food and Wine’s Best Restaurant Dishes of 2006 that came out in their December issue. Everything here sounds tasty, I’d be especially interested in trying the tagliatelle and filet mignon dishes.
2006 was our first full year having a baby in the house, so we had a few less restaurant meals than the editors of Food & Wine. But thanks to relatives willing to spend time with our little guy, we did get out for a few tasty treats.
My best restaurant dish of 2006 was hands-down an appetizer I had at Craigie St. Bistro (now relocated and called Craigie on Main) in Cambridge this spring. The poached sea trout (didn’t know that trout ventured beyond streams) was bursting with the tastes of spring. The fish was delicately cooked and nestled in orange-flavored butter sauce. The citrus flavor of the sauce was complemented by crunchy fennel and hearts of palm, and several other fresh herbs. Our server wisely recommended a Pouilly-Fume to accompany the trout. This white wine had just the right crispness and hint of citrus to accentuate the tastes of the first course.
There were a few runners-up worth noting too. I had a wonderful pork chop stuff with walnuts, goat cheese, and cranberries, at The Port in Harwichport, a great new addition to the Cape Cod restaurant lineup. A spicy duck dish at Meritage and a thinly slice Portobello mushroom appetizer at Mistral also warrant mention. I also enjoyed a number of good Indian, Thai and Vietnamese meals.
What restaurant dishes topped your list in 2006?