After a long, hard year of ordering from Seamless, giving in to Chipotle lunches, and the occasional trendy restaurant splurge, it’s time to sit back and watch the New Year roll in with a list of the best dishes of 2014, according to the James Beard Foundation. The James Beard Foundation’s favorite dishes of 2014 include a range of delectable high-end favorites from coast to coast.
The list includes such interesting bites as Pork Chicharrónes with Figs, Pearl Onions, and Pomegranate Molasses, from Tar & Roses in Santa Monica, California; Duck and Foie Gras Ragoût with Duck Egg and Plum Jus from Next in Chicago; and Beef Tartare with Celery, Benne, Smoked Goat’s Curd, and Pancakes in Two Boroughs Larder in Charleston, South Carolina. There’s also an unusual dish of Chilled Wagyu Beef Tongue with Pickled Vegetables served at the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia.
“The James Beard Foundation editors compiled this annual list of our favorite dishes from memorable dining experiences around the country with an eye towards highlighting dishes from different regions,” said Elena North-Kelly, senior editor at the James Beard Foundation, as she described the reasoning behind the pick for the foie gras ragout. “Dave Beran’s duck and foie gras ragoût nailed the trifecta of creativity, deliciousness, and captivating aesthetic appeal. It was thoughtful, whimsical, beautiful, and incredibly satisfying — a feast for all the senses."