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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Chipotle has finished rolling out its new “Smarter Pick Up Times” platform to all of its locations that offer digital ordering. Through “Smarter Pick Up Times,” the chain says it’s able to monitor...
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Which Wich is making moves into the supermarket segment, as the chain announced a new partnership that will put units of fast-casual sandwich brand inside 15 Crossroads IGA stores nationwide. Five of...
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Ambiance and service attributes—not food quality—have the most dramatic positive impact on consumers’ willingness to pay more at restaurants, according to a new study. The importance of ambiance and...
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After selling pizza and burgers as the operations specialist for a multi-concept franchisee, John "J" Hedrick has moved to the Pei Wei fast-casual Asian chain as CEO. The concept, the little sister...
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Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons , has agreed to add the Popeyes Louisiana fried chicken chain to its fold for $79 a share, or about $1.8 billion in...
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The prototype for a new in-store Brazillian fast-casual chain will be part of a supermarket Whole Foods intends to re-open in May in midtown Atlanta, the grocer confirmed last week. Called Roast, the...
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First impressions count. And for many of your potential customers, especially millennials, those initial impressions of your operation will be formed via a glimpse at your website. So, how can you...
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Julia Stewart has resigned as CEO of IHOP and Applebee’s parent DineEquity after leading the franchisor for 16 years. Stewart will step down on March 1. Richard Dahl, DineEquity’s lead director, will...
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After suffering a quarterly loss and a decline in same-store sales for all but one of its brands, Outback Steakhouse parent Bloomin’ Brands said it will close 43 underperforming restaurants. The four...
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McDonald’s says it’s reinvented the drink straw, but will only showcase the technological breakthrough for a limited time. The new straw draws fluid from two levels of a drink, enabling customers to...