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The most beautiful food and drink photos of 2017

Chicago chefs and bartenders kept our bellies full, but these are some of the prettiest things we saw

Morgan Olsen
Written by
Morgan Olsen
&
Jaclyn Rivas
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It was a seriously delicious year. In 2017, we ate and drank our way through Chicago's newest restaurants, top cocktail bars and tried-and-true gems. Along the way, there were dishes that caught our attention as soon as they arrived at the table. These 25 plates and sips were crafted with care, resulting in some awe-inspiring images. You might be surprised to find that most of these photos weren't taken in uppity fine-dining destinations. We found beauty everywhere we looked—from the neighborhood taco joint to Christkindlmarket to the corner dive. Take a gander at our favorite food and drink shots from throughout the year.

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The prettiest food and drink photos of 2017

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Hanger steak at Marisol
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Photograph: Nick Murway

Best Intentions
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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Battle of the Burger 2017
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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Taste of Chicago 2017
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Photograph: Nick Murway

Al pastor tacos at Taqueria Traspasada #2
Photograph: Nick Murway

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Emporium Fulton Market
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Photograph: Nick Murway

This Little Goat hot sauce
Photograph: Nick Murway

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Battle of the Burger 2017
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Emporium's No L's Holiday Hip-Hop Pop-Up
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City Mouse
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Photograph: Jason Little

Space Juice for Jered at Punch House
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Photograph: Jordan Avery

Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2017
Photograph: Jordan Avery

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Photograph: Nick Murway

Scofflaw
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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Alulu
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Photograph: Ben Macri

Brie honey thyme scone at Scone City
Photograph: Ben Macri

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Beatnik
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Photograph: Jason Little

Bowl of Awesome at Mott St
Photograph: Jason Little

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Tamales at Doña Chela
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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Happy's holiday pop-up at Chicago Athletic Association
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Crispy Pig Head at The Duck Inn
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Parson's Chicken & Fish
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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Christkindlmarket 2017
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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Photograph: Maurene Cooper

Legend Has It at Boleo
Photograph: Maurene Cooper

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Chorizo verde at Quiote
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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Battle of the Burger 2017
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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