Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: This was a punchy (and classy) pre-dinner snack on a chilly January night.
The details: The Allis at Soho House, 113–125 North Green St., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: These meaty, Italian-leaning tater tots sated our hunger on an impromptu Milwaukee Avenue bar crawl (sadly, Rocking Horse has since removed most of their tots options from the menu, including this one, but I trust the remaining varieties are still delicious).
The details: Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: Bub City’s bloody Mary bar is over-the-top (mini grilled cheese with an American flag as a garnish!), but the outcome was undeniably excellent, especially paired with a sweet-and-savory waffle.
The details: Bub City, 435 N. Clark St., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: This cinnamon-heavy Costa Rican shake is one of my go-to treats, especially in warm weather.
The details: Irazu, 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: For some reason, I’d never ordered this Lula menu staple until this year, and now it’s tough to order anything else during evening hours – the combination of feta, cinnamon, brown butter,and garlic is the purest form of pasta magic. View all my previous Lula posts.
The details: Lula Café, 2537 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: This café was a welcome addition to Logan Square this year, serving vibrant egg toast that tasted as good as it looked.
The details: Same Day Café, 2651 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: I have been frequenting Big Shoulders on my commute for a long time (for their Monday coffee discount and marshmallow lattes especially), but this was the most creative iced coffee drink I had all summer – who would have thought coffee and lemonade could work together?
The details: Big Shoulders Coffee, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: This decadent burger was a spin on Avec’s iconic stuffed dates, and the new format proved just as successful. Avec, 615 W. Randolph Ave., Chicago.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: This was a surprisingly brilliant autumnal combination: a mojito made with pumpkin purée (don’t knock it until you try it!), sipped on a rooftop with sweeping views of Dublin.
The details: The Marker Hotel Rooftop Bar and Terrace, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: Another great cocktail at a hotel bar – this time, one that combined Guinness (it’s Dublin, after all) with rum, sherry, and espresso to create a complex and memorable dessert drink.
The details: The Lobby at The Dean Hotel, 33 Harcourt St., Dublin 2, Ireland.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: This tagliatelle pasta special at one of my go-to restaurants near the office brought together smoked chicken, pistachio, parmesan, and other spring-like flavors for a lovely result.
The details: Canal Bank Café, 146 Upper Leeson St., Dublin 4, Ireland.
Why it’s another 2015 Best Bite: I had to include this outrageously good dessert from my December cruise on the Disney Magic. Pouring the two chocolate sauces over the top of the already silky soufflé was vacation dining at its finest.
The details: Palo on Disney Magic, Disney Cruise Line (cruise routes vary).
Thanks for reading in 2015, and looking forward to another delicious year!