Meet Our Best Friends
Our Top Ten picks for the best tastes in town.
illustration by Martha Kelley
photographs by Justin Fox Burks
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Meet our best friends — our top-ten picks for the best tastes in town. For a food writer who loves fancy food, my favorite dishes this year are decidedly low-brow. I was so startled by this realization that I reviewed blog posts and reviews, wondering how I veered from sophisticated to pedestrian. Did the sluggish economy realign my taste? Did the roll-out of Memphis food trucks redirect my attention to more sensible food? Or did my own humble accomplishments in the kitchen reaffirm that simple and seasonal ingredients are always the best?
More than likely, this year’s top-ten list reflects all of these things, along with a practical shift by chefs who recognize that less frill can mean more flavor. The list, written in random order, also includes best dish picks from Hannah Sayle, who reviewed several restaurants this year for our Dining Out column. - by Pamela Denney
Chocolate Sea Salt and Hibiscus Mint Ice Pops
··· at Mama D’s Italian Ice ···
Give up your Fudgesicles and Bombpops: Frozen treats have gotten a lot more sophisticated. And yet Mama D’s ice pops hit all the right flavor profiles without being too complicated. Chocolate sea salt is a classic salty and sweet combination and the perfect blend of creaminess and refreshing iciness. The bright-red hibiscus mint might seem esoteric, but the flavor is just the right mix of sweet and herbal flavors to make it a crowd-pleaser. — hannah sayle