Looking Back: The Top 12 of 2012

At the end of every year, I spend a little time looking back at all of my eating and drinking experiences over the past 12 months, creating a list of the best of the best. This time around I narrowed it down to 12 – some are entire meals, some just small components of a meal. Big or small, fancy or simple, each of these are things I’d love to be able to experience again and again!

While this is just a basic list, you can read more about each one by clicking on the links provided.

Without further ado, here is my Top 12 of 2012!





I-have-died-and-gone-to-heaven Tomato Jam (not really the name of it, but it should be)




Nashville, TN




Overall Experience


Juice Nashville


Nashville, TN




Empanada Langosta




San Antonio, TX



Benton’s Bacon Wrapped Local Beef Brisket with Jack Daniel’s Honey Glaze and Goo Goo Cluster Barbeque Sauce


F Scott’s from Savor Nashville Chef’s Challenge


Nashville, TN



Pimento Cheese Egg

The Hungry Peach at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta, GA


Smoke Et Al Pickled Fried Okra


Pickled Fried Okra with Bama White Sauce


Smoke et Al


Nashville, TN




Parmesan Kale Salad with Raisins


my own recipe






Bone-in pork loin, TN smoked cheddar mac & cheese, braised greens, Vidalia onion jam, pickled mustard seeds


Lockeland Table


Nashville, TN



A 4-way tie for the best Goo Goo Cluster desserts

F Scott’s peanut butter and Goo Goo Cluster tart with Benton’s bacon, marshmallow meringue, graham cracker crust

Coffee, Lunch’s Goo Goo Turtle Bar

Silo’s Goo Goo Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Pie

The Southern’s Goo Goo Bread Pudding

Nashville, TN



Overall Experience


Catbird Seat


Nashville, TN


Ada St chocolate dessert

                                                                                                                         photo courtesy of Ada St’s Facebook page




Ada St


Chicago, IL





Overall Experiences (note plural)




Nashville, TN