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Clean Plate Awards

Industry pros share their favorite restaurant dishes of the year
Clean Plate Awards

2018 Clean Plate Awards

Industry experts name their favorite menu items of 2018.

Clean Plate Awards

Paul D’Amico

Mama DePandi’s Bucatini RPM Italian, Chicago The pasta is made in-house at RPM Italian and it comes with a simple marinara sauce. The portion is meant for sharing, but it’s pretty small...

Bruschetta Board Postino Wine Cafe, Phoenix I find that this menu item takes all the best pairings from a cheese and charcuterie board to build bruschetta on freshly baked bread. The gu...

Black Truffle Pizza S.Y. Kitchen, Santa Ynez, Calif. I usually order a different entree every time I eat at S.Y., but when the Black Truffle Pizza is available as a special, it’s alway...

Italian Submarine White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, N.J. After I visit my restaurant in Atlantic City and before I leave to go back to Washington, I stop at the original White House ...

Nashville Hot Chicken Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Nashville I’m obsessed with the hot chicken at Hattie B’s. The kitchen has figured out the unicorn of this iconic dish. It’s hot enough to ...

Nacho Fries BellGrande Taco Bell, Chicago locations Taco Bell subbed fries for chips for a winner of an LTO. Smart, because the chain just brought the same ingredients through the suppl...

Prosciutto e Rucola Spacca Napoli, Chicago  The prosciutto and arugula pizza at Spacca Napoli is a flavor all its own. The chewy crust with charred bubbles balance perfectly with t...

Grapefruit and Feta Tartine Call, Denver A perfect example of how a small, nondescript restaurant that is doing something truly special can break through the clutter and shine. I v...

Members of the Restaurant Business team also shared the best dishes they had from restaurants this year. Here’s a sampling of what they said. Check out the full list of staff picks here.  Patr...

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