I eat a lot. And I drink a lot (more than just Tater Tots and beer, people). And I’ve been fortunate enough to do so at a variety of local restaurants and foodie events this year: hence, my picks for the best things I put in my lobster roll hole in 2014. I do have two caveats to this list: 1) it has to be something I have not eaten before this year; and 2) I have to have taken a picture of it.
So, in no particular order, here are the 10 Best Things I Never Ate Before 2014 and Remembered to Take a Photo of. The top 10 are all local restaurants. I added an item from a chain restaurant because it was just that yummy.
Full disclosure: Black Sheep has a milkshake of the week—or at least they did when the temperatures were warmer—so this deliciousness is not available every day. In which case, I would highly recommend the chocolate shake. Because no malt. Ever.
And if you’re lucky, chef/owner Chris Dickerson—one of the sexiest men in Jacksonville—will be there to assist you.
Ain’t gonna lie: It doesn’t look pretty. And the toppings, which include olives, prosciutto di parma, egg and artichoke are kind of weird for a plain cheese pizza girl. But it’s on this list, so guess what? It’s yummy.
It’s not on the menu at 29 South in Fernandina Beach (don’t you love it when someone tells you how great something is and you can’t even try it for yourself), but Schwartz served it at this year’s Slow Down event. I apologize to the three people who didn’t get to try them that night either because I ate four of them. #sorrynotsorry
I’m not from Maryland and don’t claim to be a seafood aficionado, but Chef Celestia Mobley’s crab cake is the best I’ve ever had.
Smoky brisket sitting atop a bowl of creamy grits. Move on, vegetables. You are not wanted—or needed— here.
I know I talk about Blue Bamboo a lot. But Chef Dennis Chan makes such delicious food. Can you blame me?
Schlechte Nachrichten Freunde: this fried pocket of deliciousness was an Oktoberfest special. But it’s a tapas restaurant so their menu changes all the time anyway. That said, mark your calendar for October 2015.
10. Kahlua crème brûlée with chocolate covered espresso beans served and sea salt caramel espresso from Pele’s Wood Fire ▼
Just drooled on my keyboard. Did I mention I don’t even drink coffee?
Plus one non-local: Chicken and avocado salad chopped from Blackfinn Ameripub ▼
Bring a friend—or four—to share. This thing is huge.
So there you have it. The best things I ate (for the first time) in 2014 that I remembered to take a picture of. Agree? Disagree? Any must-eats I need to put on my list for 2015? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.