Clean Plate Awards
For a decade, Restaurant Business has been asking a rotating panel of industry pros—chain CEOs, corporate chefs, restaurateurs, market watchers and more—to tell us the best thing they ate at a restaurant all year. But we want to do more than just make readers salivate from afar—the goal always has been to provide ideas that will help restaurant operators run their business better. So every year, we ask our judges to choose their faves not only based on taste, but to ponder from their unique perspective as restaurant-world insiders: What makes this dish a real standout?
Once again, we’ve gathered an esteemed panel of industry insiders to name the restaurant dishes they enjoyed most over the last year—the ones that literally made them clean their plates. In 2013, these expert eaters sampled from menus close to home and around the country and the world, discovering new tastes and returning to familiar flavors.
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.