by Susan Ellis
Among the standouts of meals I ate in 2010:
1. Vegetarian Pan Bagnet from the summer menu at the Brushmark. Easily the most creative sandwich I had all year. It was a mix of egg, onion, tomatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and tapenade. What intrigued me was the hint of sweetness. The bread was terrific, and the accompanying fries even better.
2. Pimento Cheese Sandwich from the Friday lunch menu at Felicia Suzanne's. We saw a lot of pimento cheese on menus last year, and I'm not complaining. The sandwich was excellent, but what really stood out was the atmosphere. What a treat.
3. Vegetarian Burger from Fuel. Loved the burger, and I really appreciate how Fuel goes above and beyond to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diners.
4. Vegetarian Stir Fry from Vietnamese Bistro. Seems like it took forever for this place to open, and I'm glad it did. The stir fry was standard fare, so why I'm really including the restaurant here was for the follow-up visit when the waiter patiently showed me how to properly roll a spring roll. I'd been doing it wrong for years.
5. Vegetarian Burger from the Presentation Room at L'Ecole Culinaire. Another burger ... but this one from the student-run restaurant was over-the-top from its garnish of house-made pickles to the patty made with brown rice, mushrooms and caramelized onions, and cracked wheat. Perfection.
What were your most memorable meals from the last year?