Topper's Top List: The Best Things I Ate in 2022

December 31, 2022

It's hard to believe this year marks the 8th year of my best bites list! This year's list spans dishes from all seasons, from farm fresh fruit and burrata, to comforting and rich short rib risotto. You'll find plenty of comfort foods (both sweet and savory), plus some other unique standouts that are worth a try. In no particular order, here are the best things I ate in 2022!

Farm Table Burrata with Seasonal Fruit, Balsamic Reduction, Sea Salt, Olive Oil and Basil from The Lunchroom at Space 519


Choco-Caramel Shortbread Doughnut from Beacon Doughnuts

Best doughnuts Chicago

Cacio e Pepe Arancini with Aged Risotto, Cheese Fondue, Pecorino and Black Pepper from Gibsons Italia

Gibsons Italia

Tempura Shrimp with Chili Glaze and Soy Sesame Slaw from Cafe Robey

Cafe Robey

Prosciutto and Fig Pizza at Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

Best pizza Chicago

Short rib risotto from Torchio Pasta Bar

Best pasta Chicago

Neptune's Pillows with sesame rocoto, spicy tuna, and fresh wasabi from Bar Mar

Jose Andres Chicago

Seared black cod with green curry veloute from Obelix

Best French food Chicago

Pepperoni pizza from Milly's Pizza in the Pan

Best pizza Chicago

Tamal de Chocolate with Caramelized Milk Ice Cream and Amaranth from Comedor (Austin, TX)

Modern Mexican Austin, TX

Pumpkin Pie from Viceroy Chicago's pastry chef, Danielle Marelli

Best pies Chicago

Carrot Cake from Travelle at The Langham Chicago

Langham Chicago

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! What tops your list of the best things you ate or drank in 2022? 

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