Ah, 2016. What a year it was. For our foodie life, we had quite the adventure indulging in tasty meals across the Alamo City. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite dishes from this year. As you will see, I am one who leans towards “less is more” in regards to culinary creations – simple dishes that pack intense and complex flavors.

In no specific order, here are our top twenty-something dishes of 2016.

Honey-fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits with mashed potato tots from Sustenio
Pro tip: Add jelly to the buttermilk biscuits and make a sweet, sweet sandwich with the honey-fried chicken.

5 Points LocalThe Warrior Bowl* – grilled flank steak strips, roasted beet and potato salad, avocado and a soft boiled egg with mixed greens – from 5 Points Local

Smoked Beef on a Bun from Larder (served during Culinaria)

Green Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean BowlMediterranean Bowl – quinoa, kale, tzatziki, green olives, falafel patties, cucumbers, tomato, carrots, dolmas, and pecan hummus, all served up in a whole wheat tortilla – from Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Farm-to-Table Tacos from Pharm Table

Creamistry Ice CreamVanilla Bean Ice Cream (coconut based) with Fruity Pebbles from Creamistry

Huevos Rancheros from The Original Blanco Cafe

FairviewNutella and Banana Waffle* from The Fairview
Pro tip: Pair any Fairview menu item with the El Chingon – housemade horchata with espresso over flaked ice.

Bourbon Pecan Pancakes* from Francis Bogside

Sichuan NoodlesLiang Mian (spicy garlicky cold noodles) from Sichuan House

Southerleigh BrunchStuffed Crab from Southerleigh

Shishito Peppers from Down on Grayson

Hot Joy Happy HourLemon Pepper Curry Wings from Hot Joy

Edera Osteria Salmon alla Griglia – served over pickled peaches roasted heirloom tomatoes, baby spinach and saffron – from Edera Osteria

Shakshuka – crushed tomato, toasted cumin, smoked paprika and soft poached eggs and a buttered baguette – from the General Public

Mango Roll from Posh Sushi

Rise Up Chocolate Acai BowlChocolate Acai Bowl from Rise Up

Turtle cheesecake from Cuppencake

ChocollazoCarrot Cake Cheesecake with Jalapeño Jam from Chocollazo

Cheese and Charcuterie from the Boiler House

El Mecate Queso with chorizo* – a oaxaca and mozarella cheese mix with chorizo and poblano rajas – from Tacoart. Although Tacoart has closed its doors, this dish will forever be a favorite.

What was your favorite dish in 2016? Let us know in the comments. We know we’re looking forward to more foodie adventures in the new year!

*dishes may no longer be offered at particular establishment