The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2015: small plates

From tacos to bar snacks, the 25 best small plates and appetizers of the year may be small, but they deliver big flavor

Photograph: Nick MurwayShrimp, leek and egg dumplings at at Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

Just like gifts, sometimes the best bites come in small packages. Proof: Pub Royale's spicy-sweet Gobi Manchurian, Yum Dum Truck's gooey kimcheesy rice balls and In-On Thai's funky green bean salad. This year, Chicago restaurants served 25 memorable small plates, from some of the city's best tacos to beautiful dishes at fine dining restaurants, all small in size, huge in flavor. 

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Tomato bread at Vera

It always tastes like the height of summer at Vera with this tomato bread, lightly grilled and topped with crushed tomatoes, garlic and a sprinkle of sea salt. It’s a must-order to start any meal. $5.

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Chris B

I have to say that the Cheeseburger Nachos at Taco in a Bag was one of the worst things I had to eat this year.  I got maybe 3 bites in before giving up.  The sauce was sickeningly sweet, the beef flavorless, and the lettuce lifeless.  I'm really shocked that this somehow made it onto the list.  Really?