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Clean Plate Awards

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

Joe Pawlak

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...

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...

Lamb Neck Roti Turkey and the Wolf, New Orleans The Lamb Neck Roti at Turkey and the Wolf is one of the most memorable dishes I had this year. The tender lamb is cooked in chiles and ca...

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 ...

Industry experts name their favorite menu items of 2018.

Industry experts name their favorite meals of the year.

Read on to see which award-winning dishes made this year’s distinguished panel literally clean their plates in 2016.

Winning dishes have showcased myriad notable trends, many of which continue to influence the industry today.

Read on to see what dishes made the cut for “best of the best” in 2015.

The panel of restaurant industry pros that judged this year’s Clean Plate Awards eat for a living.