As 2014 draws to a close, we've been reflecting on the meals that stood out most—the bites that we just can't stop thinking about.
This past month, we kept sipping the refreshing drinks of summer: cherry-lime rickeys, margaritas, and crisp, thirst-quenching beers. But we also declared it time to break out the bourbon and get started with our fall drinkin'.
This September we traveled for stellar lamb shawarma, juicy smoked meat sandwiches, and plates and plates of tacos. At work, we ate lox and bluefish and whitefish, plus a stellar assortment of favorite dishes for Italian-American week. (Tough gig, but someone's gotta take a fourth helping of baked ziti!)
Every month—heck, almost every day—we make an effort to go out and shove desserts into our faces in an effort to find the best out there. Sometimes our favorites appear at a regular ol' diner, sometimes at a scoop shop or old-school bakery, and other times, they're worth a visit to a fancy restaurant.
We're suckers for well made pastry, for beautiful fruit, and for pretty much anything dipped in chocolate. Here are the desserts we tried this month that we just can't stop thinking about.
This month we went off-menu at Mister Softee (if you haven't yet tried asking for them to add a fresh banana to your vanilla shake, you're welcome), sampled vibrant magenta prickly pear wine, and cut through the late-summer heat with Suze, a tasty French apéritif.
What's in a month of Serious Eating? A juicy burger, obviously, and some well-balanced pizza. A little high falutin' foie gras, a little friendly mac & cheese. Some steak, a bowl of incredible khao soi, and a couple racks of ribs. Tongue and bone marrow and takoyaki.
Frozen beverages are our best friends these days. Humidity: not so much. Gin and mint and ice? Oh, yeah. Rum? Give it to us in slushie form.
Pecorino. Gelato. Together. Pecorino gelato. Would you try it? It turns out that the stuff—served at Carapina in Florence, Italy—is amazing. But that wasn't the only mind-blowing dessert we tried in July: we also ate some fantastic durian shaved ice, chocolate babka, and a masterful coffee-coconut popsicle. We celebrated peach season with pies, Melba, and more.
When Serious Eaters travel, we tend to see the journey as a challenge of the appetite, sometimes packing in extra meals just to make sure we squeeze every delicious bite out of a trip to Thailand or Montreal or Italy. Sure, there are tourist attractions to visit, but we're really in it for the khao soi, the foie gras sandwiches, and the awesome stewed tripe.
The Serious Eats team downed some fantastic drinks in June, including frozen Negroni slushies, raw milk fresh from the farm, sparkling summery cocktails, and more.
This month, Carrie went to Mexico, Jamie went to Philly, and Kenji went to Japan by way of Coney Island, so you know our best bites are gonna be interesting.
This month, we tasted sherry straight from the barrel in Spain, found an awesome milkshake, discovered a new favorite amaro, sipped an great Mexican craft beer, and started experimenting with a clever wine-saving tool.
Kenji experiences the magic of Chicago pizza, Maggie goes renegade with two best bites, Jamie cooked a Passover Seder for 17 people, and more of the best things we ate this month.
We may publish content about Chicago restaurants nearly every weekday of the year, but there are still restaurants that, for whatever reason, don't get the attention they deserve.
Even though we work at a food blog, we don't always have the time or inclination to prepare a glamorous lunch. Sometimes our midday meal is a matter of convenience or a pressing need to clear out the whatever's kicking around the fridge—hey,we're only human! Here are our go-to lunches when we're in the market for something quick, easy, and delicious.
What's that old saying about March? "In like a lion, out like a lamb?" Yeah, that's kind of how this month went for us...except for the part where we ate lions (that was last month). But we did eat all sorts other great things, including Robyn's victorious return to pizza-eating and the best gumbo Nick has ever had in his life. Click through to see all of the best things we ate this month!
There's never been a better time for burgers in Chicago. Sure, there are an insane number of options, but there also are dozens of different styles. So no matter whether you like your burgers enormous and grilled or thin and griddled, there is an all-beef patty out there for you.
February may be the shortest month, but that doesn't mean Serious Eats skrimped out on what we ate. From multiple instances of barbecued brisket to, um...bobcat, here's a look at the best things we ate all month.
In the dead of winter, there's nothing better than hunkering down over a big 'ol meal with your nearest and dearest (assuming you can convince them to leave the house in the midst of yet another Polar Vortex). Then again, for those who live in more temperate climates, any day ending in "y" is an excuse to throw a dinner party. So with that in mind, we asked our editors for their go-to dish when entertaining.