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Top 10 Things I Ate in 2013

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Brunch banh mi from Singhs Vietnamese­ Food Truck
Mexican bollilos were the vessel of choice for this ambitious breakfast sandwich. The freshly sliced carrots, plenty of cilantro and crisp bacon played second fiddle to the real the star of the show: delicately fried avocado, which added crunchy and creamy textures. I’ll forgive the use of a ubiquitous fried egg—this sandwich was a dream.
Lamb meatballs from Stella Public House, 1414 S Alamo
A sweet little starter, the honestly seasoned meatballs, served in the same cast iron pan they were seared in, prepared diners for what was to come during their time at Stella’s. You’ll want to sop up the remaining spicy marinara with your crusts.
Squash blossom soup from Taps Y Tapas, 1012 N Flores
Heart-warming, filling and reminiscent of the sopa mom made during sick days, the squash blossom offering at Taps y Tapas was served in a deceptively humble paper bowl with a wild flurry of tortilla strips. The broth alone is worth a visit.

Lamb dumplings from Tuk Tuk Tap Room, 1702 Broadway
Maybe I’m really into dumplings and savory soups? Or maybe these fragrant and comforting dumplings filled with perfectly cooked lamb were worth the trek to Tuk Tuk. The rich broth of ginger, scallions and earthy mushrooms was good enough to slurp.

Honorable mention: Crispy Pig Belly Salad from Beat Street Coffee Co. & Bistro, 2512 N Main
This list wouldn’t be complete without the pork dish that simultaneously restored my faith in pork belly and salads. Artfully plated by former head chef Jeff Wiley, the salad was visually appealing and showed off the chef’s attention to detail down to the very last parsnip.

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