Best Of 2015: Neighborhood Restaurant: South
I was converted in April, when I dropped by for a couple of beautiful Becherovka-made cocktails as well as carnitas street tacos and Sriracha shrimp tacos, which stunned me with fresh, full flavors and ample attitude. Then I witnessed co-owner Haleigh McCartan crush a karaoke song to wide taproom applause. My cold, hard heart melted at the authenticity and way-better-than-your-average-bar-ness of it all. You obviously have felt it too, as a tour through this year's winners index indicates: Beyond these first-place wins, I count a total of five seconds and thirds, honoring the chef, a bartender, said karaoke, the beer selection, and Tuesday pint nights, which deliver $3 craft pours and a souvenir glass. — Matthew Schniper
Best Of 2015: Neighborhood Bar: South
If you still haven't discovered the joy that is The Public House, get your feet wet on a Tuesday for Pint Night, where you'll enjoy quality $3 craft brews and walk out with a souvenir glass from the guest brewery. Unbeatable. The constantly rotating selections on tap keep the bar interesting every other night of the week too, and if you're more of a cocktail kid, the staff will square you away in style. Get one of the Moscow Mule variations in a copper mug and either a Fire Burger (jalapeños, pepper jack, smoked bacon and sambal aioli) or the killer Sriracha shrimp tacos. Finally, murder a karaoke number. You're home. — Matthew Schniper
Dish 2015: Stuffin Muffin
You can replace the savory ingredients with sweeter alternatives, such as apples and cinnamon, or even leftover pumpkin pie, and top with a sweetened glaze. This has been my favorite way to use up fall feast leftovers and can be eaten on the go.
— Submitted by Chef Mike Harris
Find the recipe here.