2011 Best of Food GPS

Food Drink Guide

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

2011 was a terrific eating and drinking year that included trips to Austin, Baja California (twice), British Columbia, Charleston (South Carolina), Hawaii, Las Vegas, Miami, San Diego (twice), and San Francisco (three times), plus daily forays to restaurants and bars in SoCal. Here’s my rundown of the best bites and sips. Click through to find more details and photos.

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Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Establishments also appear in alphabetical order instead of in order of preference.

1. Afghan Meal of the Year: Salang Pass – Fremont, CA
2. Asian Meal of the Year: Mission Chinese Food – San Francisco, CA
3. Bakery of the Year: Fol Epi Organic Bakery – Victoria, BC
4. Bar Crawl of the Year: Blogger Bar Hop (aka the “Trolley of Death”)
5. *Bar of the Year: The Tasting Kitchen – Venice, CA
6. Beer of the Year: Kern River Brewing Citra IPA
7. Beer Bar of the Year: Beachwood BBQ and Brewing – Long Beach, CA

8. Beer Float of the Year: Jan Purdy, Andre Guerrero + Eagle Rock Brewery @ L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3
9. *Biscuits of the Year: Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk – M.B. Post – Manhattan Beach, CA
10. *Bloody Mary of the Year: Petite Mary – The Tasting Kitchen – Venice, CA
11. Brains of the Year: Lamb – Locanda – San Francisco, CA
12. Brunch of the Year: FarmShop – Los Angeles, CA
13. Calzone of the Year: Sotto – Los Angeles, CA
14. Caribbean Meal of the Year: Clive’s Cafe – Miami, FL

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15. Carnitas of the Year: Tacos Los Guichos – Los Angeles, CA
16. Charcuterie of the Year: Ed Kenney’s Wild Boar Sampler
17. Charity Event of the Year: Taste of the Nation / Alex’s Lemonade Stand
18. Chicken of the Year (Rotisserie): Limon Rotisserie – San Francisco, CA
19. Chicken of the Year (Fried): Refuel – Vancouver, BC [CLOSED]
20. Churro of the Year: The Grocery – Charleston, SC



Joshua Lurie

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

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