2009 Best of Food GPS

Food Drink Guide

These dishes represent my most memorable food and drink experiences from the past year.

2009 was a monumental eating and drinking year that included trips to Atlanta, Baja, California’s Central Coast, Las Vegas, New York City, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco, plus daily forays to restaurants and bars in Southern California. Here’s my recap of the best bites and sips. Click links to find more info and photos.

Bacon of the Year: Sizzling Bacon – Peter Luger Steakhouse – Brooklyn, NY
Banh Mi of the Year: Pork Belly – Bunk Sandwiches – Portland, OR
Barbecue Meal of the Year: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – Atlanta, GA
Beer of the Year: BrewDog Atlantic IPA
Beer Bar of the Year: Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach, CA
Beer Event of the Year: L.A. Beer Week Festival
Beer Float of the Year: The Golden State & Scoops Old Rasputin + Brown Bread – L.A. Beer Float Showdown
Beerzeria of the Year: Blind Lady Ale House – San Diego, CA
Brazilian Meal of the Year: Rio Brazil Café – Los Angeles, CA [CLOSED]
Bread of the Year: Rosemary Garlic Focaccia – Liguria Bakery – San Francisco, CA
Bread Cart of the Year: Guy Savoy – Las Vegas, NV
Breakfast of the Year #1: Katy’s Place – Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
Breakfast of the Year 1A: Matt’s Big Breakfast – Phoenix, AZ
Brewery of the Year: The Bruery – Placentia, CA
Brunch of the Year: The Bazaar – Los Angeles, CA
Calamari of the Year: Salt & Pepper Squid – Heaven’s Dog – San Francisco, CA [CLOSED]
Ceviche of the Year: California Sea Bass – Mo-Chica – Los Angeles, CA [CLOSED]
Chicken Dish of the Year: Poussin – Poché Rötie – Guy Savoy – Las Vegas, NV
Chinese Meal of the Year: Chung King – San Gabriel, CA [CLOSED]
Chocolate Overdose of the Year: Valerie Confections Open House
Churro of the Year: La Casita Mexicana – Bell, CA
Cobbler of the Year: Strawberry-Rhubarb – Water Grill – Los Angeles, CA
Cocktail of the Year: Tamarind Cocktail – Villa Saverios – Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Coffeehouse of the Year: Intelligentsia Coffee – Venice, CA
Coffee Experience of the Year: PDX Coffeehouse Bike Tour
Cookie of the Year: Molasses-Golden Raisin – The Sentinel – San Francisco, CA
Dessert of the Year: Honey Bacon Apricot Cornbread – Le Pigeon – Portland, OR
Dim Sum Meal of the Year: Lunasia – Alhambra, CA
dineLA Restaurant Week Meal of the Year: La Casita Mexicana – Bell, CA
Donut of the Year: Apricot Cardamom – Dynamo Donuts – San Francisco, CA
Eggs Benedict of the Year: Chelsea’s Eggs Benedict – Chelsea’s Kitchen – Phoenix, AZ
Fig Dish of the Year: Seared Black Mission Figs with Jamón Ibérico Fermin – The Bazaar – Los Angeles, CA
Fish of the Year: Pescado Zarandeado – Mariscos Chente – Los Angeles, CA



Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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Le yikes! Can’t link to The Hump anymore, huh? Awesome list, fwiw.

Starkweather, I’ll still link to The Hump, but it’s hard to figure what they were thinking, serving contraband whale. That wasn’t on the menu during my visit. The most exotic dish involved live eel.

Wow, glad I was with you for quite afew of these!! Great list.

What a nice and great roundup you posted! Most of them are bookmarked and are my personal favorites! Happy New Year!

Yep, I’ll be eating my way through this one. Let’s go ahead and make that my new year’s resolution. Boom!

definitely an epic list. should be very useful for the rest of 2010!

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OMG – the best lamb and pumpkin dishes are in Santa Monica? No wonder I live here!

Krystal, that’s hilarious. Is it a coincidence, or did that seal your Westside decision?

awesome list. bravo to the bruery!

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