2011 Clean Plate Awards

When folks in the restaurant business are asked to name their favorite dishes, it’s not easy to narrow down the choices. But our team of passionate industry insiders dug into their collective food memories and came up with their top picks. Tacos, french fries, steaks and pig popped up on a few lists, but there were plenty of surprises, too.

Click here for the judges' panel and their picks.

Today's top stories

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Starbucks plans to test a line of sandwiches made fresh daily inside stores in its latest bid to snare more lunch business. Sandwiches not sold within 24 hours will be donated to charity as a...
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Boneless wings are one of those food items customers may not have even known they wanted at first, but these breaded, boneless pieces of chicken breast have turned into a finger-food success story...
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Knowing the cost of all of the food and beverage you serve is vital to maintaining good controls. When you cost a recipe accurately, you can be assured that the costs of the ingredients you serve are...
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The private equity firm Oak Hill Capital has teamed up with the management of the Checkers and Rally’s drive-thru chains to buy the twin concepts for $525 million from another investment firm,...
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Brinker International has shifted the president of its Maggiano’s chain to a marketing and menu-development post at the company's core brand, Chili’s . As Chili’s EVP and chief marketing and...
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Breakfast continues to be an area of growth and point of focus for operators across segments. But it’s no longer just reserved for the morning hours. Millennials are more interested in breakfast for...
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Pie Five Pizza has pulled the plug on all eight of its Chicago locations this week as well as its locations in Minneapolis and Denver. The closures came with little notice. According to a statement...
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Restaurants in Utah are mounting a last-ditch effort to prevent their state from becoming the first in the nation to limit how much alcohol people can drink and still legally drive to roughly one...
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The parent of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains has named Jason Marker, the former president of KFC’s domestic operations, to succeed Andy Puzder as CEO. Puzder, who has been CEO of CKE...
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KFC has promoted Kevin Hochman, the creative force behind its offbeat multi-Colonel marketing strategy, to president and chief concept officer of the chain’s rebounding U.S. operations. He succeeds...