Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Joe's 10 Best Bites of 2013 in Chicago

[Photographs: Joe Roy]

2013 was a big eating year for me at Serious Eats Chicago. I broadened my fried-food-only focus a little over midway through the year and hit the two year mark as a contributor in November. But whether I was slogging through french fries, fried chicken, top notch doughnuts, or beyond, I was continually struck by just how good it is to eat in Chicago.

So good in fact, that I had a hard time narrowing my selections for best bites of 2013. My solution: self imposed strictures, in the form of dishes worth coming back for. It's a sad reality (please don't actually feel bad for me) that with all this good eating, it's relatively hard to make it back to a place, no matter how good the food. So whether I have returned or plan to soon, these are the dishes I'm still thinking about as 2013 draws to a close.

Click through the slide show to see my picks, and here's to another great year of eating in 2014!


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