At the end of each month, I will take a look back at all of the wonderful things I have eaten over the past thirty days. Here are my top 10 dishes in January.
Mixtape (Veggie Supreme) Pizza at Certified Pies
I enjoyed this thin, buttery crust pizza topped with a subtly sweet sauce, five-cheese blend, spinach, mushroom, onions, bell pepper and black olives. The pie has a misshapen, rustic appearance, which is more of an observation than a knock.
Certified Truth Wings at Certified Pies
In a rare feat, Certified Pies lands two dishes on this month’s list. Along with the aforementioned pizza, the Certified Truth Wings tickled my taste buds, thanks in large part to the heavy coating of Truth Sauce, a sweet heat concoction that elevates these fried, breaded wings to some of the best in the area.
Dumpling Soup at Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co.
How does six of Three Fold’s signature dumplings in a vegan-friendly rich broth with green onions, cilantro and pickled veggies sound? Answer: heavenly. It’s a comforting soup that eats more like a full meal. In fact, you’re almost guaranteed to have leftovers.
Shrimp Etouffee at Cajun Trouxth
My second trip to Cajun Trouxth, a fairly new-ish food truck specializing in, you guessed it, Cajun food, was another great one. The shrimp etouffee with a plentiful amount of plump crustaceans swimming in a golden roux has me already thinking about a return visit.
Chicken Biscuit at At the Corner
At the Corner never shies away from huge portions, even for something as simple as a “chicken biscuit.” This breakfast sandwich is overflowing with hand-breaded chicken tenders between a sliced biscuit. The biscuit, itself, is about as traditional as it gets—soft, but with a nice bite to it. The side of well-seasoned home fries round out this dish.
Italian Beef Sandwich at Raduno
Chef Cash Ashley’s take on a Chicago classic is yet another winner for the restaurant. While it was a nice move to not only use a local, Boulevard baguette, the true star here is the ball of braised beef. Soft, juicy, and just bursting with flavor, this beef paired well with the melted Provolone and pepperoncini peppers. The side of au jus was a nice touch.
Wings at Rock City Kitchen
If you couldn’t tell, I have been on a wing tear of late. It’s not my fault that we have a plethora of fantastic options throughout the area and included in this is the wings at Rock City Kitchen. There are six flavor options, but I went with the sweet barbeque, which was drizzled rather than tossed and came with a side of waffle fries.
Pork Tamales with Chili at Low Ivy Catering
If you love tamales, then keep an eye on Low Ivy’s schedule and hope this dish is available. Truth be told, I am not sure what I enjoyed more, the tamales, the bean-laden chili or the combination of the two. Either way, this one is a must-order.
Sweet Stella Sandwich at K Hall and Sons Produce
Is anything coming out of the K Hall kitchen not wonderful? From the fried pork chops to the chili to the burgers, and now the new Sweet Stella Sandwich, the small grocery store continues to delight. This straightforward chicken tender sandwich topped with the sweet heat house sauce is only $4.
Le Burger at The Croissanterie
Some food items just stand out from the crowd, like a cute cheeseburger with a croissant bun that tastes even better than it looks. The Le Burger is the brainchild of The Croissanterie food truck and comes with pickles, mustard, Gruyere (recommended) and Jidona beef. The local beef shines. It’s cooked to a perfect medium and as juicy as can be, while the buttery bun is slightly crisp to the bite and holds up throughout consumption.