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100 best things we ate (and drank) in 2011

TOC’s critics pick their favorite dishes of 2011

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

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
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Breakfast and brunch

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

Soups and stews
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Soups and stews

Seven bowls worth savoring

Desserts and sweets
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Desserts and sweets

17 perfect endings

Coffee and tea
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Coffee and tea

Three lasting caffeine jolts

Food trucks
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Food trucks

Four best foods on wheels

100 Best dish wish list
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100 Best dish wish list

Print out this wish list and experience TOC's 100 Best list!

Entrees
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Entrees

25 standout pastas, steaks and more

Appetizers, small plates and sides
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Appetizers, small plates and sides

26 ways to start a meal

Cocktails
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Cocktails

Seven unforgettable sips

Beer
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Beer

Heather Shouse's top three of the year

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