Memorable Meals of 2010

It’s the final countdown! While I haven’t done much cooking or eating at any new restaurants over the past few days, there is no shortage of good food to write about. Last year I wrote my first annual memorable foods post, and as I look back on 2010, I thought it was worth recapping some of the spectacular restaurant meals of the year.

Deuxave, the best of the new Opened by one of my favorite Boston chefs, Chris Coombs, Deuxave was perfection from the second I walked in to wait for my husband. While the food was to-die-for and the wine list a delight, I felt like it was the incredible service and genuinely friendly demeanor of the staff that really stuck with me. This one is a keeper!

dessert at Deuxave

Opening week at Menton An email from the Barbara Lynch Gruppo alerted me to the fact that Menton was offering mailing list members pre-opening reservations. In what was the fanciest meal of the year, we enjoyed some of the best Boston has to offer. Have a very special occasion and the ability to splurge? Go here.

halibut at Menton

My birthday dinner at Scopa in Healdsburg, CA Oh the romance! This tiny Italian spot on Healdsburg Plaza was the perfect place for a birthday dinner for two. Sparkling wine, arancini, antipasto, and free dessert wine made my night, and made me fall in love with Sonoma even more than before.

arancini at Scopa

Heirloom tomato dinner at Upstairs on the Square It was the brilliant idea of one of my blogger friends to attend this multi-course dinner in Cambridge. Each and every heirloom tomato morsel was perfect, right down to the tomato sorbet. Summer, please hurry up and get here so that I can go to the heirloom tomato dinner once again!

gazpacho

Zazu My husband’s birthday dinner in Santa Rosa, CA featured food right from the farm, and that showed in the flavor. I had the best veggie dish that I had all year, in addition to a blind wine tasting, and some awesome company from TasteLive!

Zazu

Myers and Chang It was featured in last year’s post, and I have eaten there far more times than I have blogged about it. I would eat at Myers and Chang every day if I could. I find the food to be full of rockin’ flavor every single time with lots of healthy options and always with creative new dishes. Myers and Chang is easily my overall Boston favorite for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

corn with sriracha butter

I know that 2011 holds some great culinary moments already, including the BCAE Celebrity Chef Series and a Boston Brunchers brunch at the Langham Boston. Hopefully I will get to share some great food with some of you this upcoming year!

Question: What is your least favorite thing about winter? Mine is, without a doubt, feeling dehydrated all of the time and the awful dry skin. It is the worst!

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  1. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    They all look fantastic! Yummy year.

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    Those are some great photos and I’d have to agree that our tomato tasting meal was definitely one of my favorite meals this year!

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  3. Emily’s avatar

    Sadly I have not been to most of these restaurants but they definitely look memorable. Deuxave and M&C are on my short list! Here’s to an equally tasty 2011!

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  4. Daisy’s avatar

    Great list! that tomato feast was incredible, i think it should be an annual tradition. I would love to try out Menton and Deuxave in 2011

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  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Wow you had some very delectable meals this year! Still haven’t been to Seuxave but planning to go soon!

    My least favorite thing about winter is trudging through the slow during my commute to and from work. Ugh. I wish I can just work from home every time there’s snow, like I did yesterday :)

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  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I’ve never been to Santa Rosa but I definitely want to check out Zazu when I”m in CA next.

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  7. Meesh’s avatar

    great post! I have been dying to go to Menton forever, now if only I can find someone to take me there!

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  8. Jean at The Delightful Repast’s avatar

    Meghan, I think I would have enjoyed all your 2010 picks, but the heirloom tomato one would definitely have to become an annual thing! My least favorite thing about winter? Same as one of yours–the dry skin!

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  9. Kelly’s avatar

    Yum looks like all delicious food. I need to go back to Myers and Chang- I’ve been telling Eric I want to take him since we went there over a year ago, I’m the worst! :) I totally agree about the dry skin, and the fact that I can’t get as much sun and do as much outside. I need to get better about snow sports!

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  10. Megan’s avatar

    I think we need to make the tomato dinner an annual tradition. That was one of the most memorable meals of the year for sure… and we were all in such good company too. :)

    My skin is miserably dry right now… I hate it!

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  11. alicia’s avatar

    I agree – that tomato dinner should be an annual event!

    I hate hate hate being cold. Right now I’m laying on the sofa wearing shorts, sweatpants, t-shirt, long sleeve T, fleece, and covered with a HUGE fleece blanket. I wish I could just hibernate.

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