2014 is here, but my 2013 may have been the best year of eating in the history of the world, so it’s time for another Unvegan Best of. The past year included a honeymoon, an epic month-long road trip and a move from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, so my list has broadened beyond LA and narrowing down the awesome was quite the process. Nonetheless, I encourage you all to go back through my Reviews section to see what didn’t quite make the cut. Remember that the list only includes places new to The Unvegan and bear in mind that Honorable Nods this year would probably be winners any other year. Without further ado:
Plan Check (Los Angeles)
Double cheese, double bacon and an egg and patty cooked to perfection made the Chefs Favorite burger a winner in a very tightly contested category.
The Smoke Joint (Brooklyn)
Don’t waste time thinking about what to order. Just order everything. And the Beef Ribs.
Honorable Nod to YinzBurgh BBQ (Pittsburgh)
Delmonico Steakhouse (Las Vegas)
The Bone-in Ribeye here is like butter, which may be because it is cooked in butter, but I don’t care.
Honorable Nod to Taylor’s Steak House (Los Angeles)
Buffalo Blues (Pittsburgh)
I admit that these wings earn extra points because of their Buffalo Blue Fries, but the wings are still quite delicious.
Honorable Nod to Hot’s Kitchen (Los Angeles)
Best Hot Dog
Grass-fed, snappy and with all sorts of good toppings, as long as you go with hot dogs, you can’t go wrong here.
Joey Broadway (Vancouver)
Somehow, Joey Broadway made an adult grilled cheese without ruining all the joy that comes with that most comforting of foods.
Mercato di Vetro (Los Angeles)
Blackberries and bacon on pizza. What could go wrong? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Honorable Nod to Lucifer’s Pizza (Los Angeles)
Zingerman’s Roadhouse (Ann Arbor)
Grits and bacon in a waffle. If anyone still thinks Zingerman’s is just about sandwiches, it’s time to get to the Roadhouse.
Honorable Nod to Pamela’s (Pittsburgh)
Best ‘Merican (Formerly Gastropub)
North End Caffe (Los Angeles)
Everything this place churns out is gold (including their spelling of Caffe) and the staff there know it and love it even more than the customers do.
Honorable Nod to Buckhead Diner (Atlanta)
Mexicali (Los Angeles)
Somehow Mexicali found a way to innovate Mexican food to a level Taco Bell still hasn’t thought of.
Honorable Nod to Leo’s Taco Truck (Los Angeles)
Best Random Ethnic (by region)
Arnold’s (Cape Town)
Best warthog ribs ever.
Night + Market (Los Angeles)
The Thai you’d eat if you were Thai.
Point Brugge (Pittsburgh)
Belgian Fries FTW!
Cafe Turko (Seattle)
The touch, the feel of Turkey. In Seattle.
Peru Chix (Los Angeles)
Who knew Torrance was a hotbed of Peruvian delights?
For 2013 Only:
Best Place to Stop on a Coastal Drive
We have a tie!
Splash Cafe (Pacific Coast Highway)
The best damn chowder.
Chapman’s Peak Hotel (Chapman’s Peak Drive)
The best damn calamari.