100 best things we ate (and drank) in 2011

TOC’s critics pick their favorite dishes of 2011



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Steak tartare at Maude's Liquor Bar

Steak tartare at Maude's Liquor Bar Photograph: Colin Beckett

This was a big year for Chicago food. And, as evidenced by our favorite dishes and drinks, it was also a delicious one.

Breakfast and brunch

The eight dishes we can't wait to wake up to

Soups and stews

Seven bowls worth savoring

Desserts and sweets

17 perfect endings

Coffee and tea

Three lasting caffeine jolts

Food trucks

Four best foods on wheels

100 Best dish wish list

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25 standout pastas, steaks and more

Appetizers, small plates and sides

26 ways to start a meal


Seven unforgettable sips


Heather Shouse's top three of the year

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