The Best Restaurant Meals of 2022, According to BA Staff

The Best Restaurant Meals of 2022, According to BA Staff

My culinary expectations for my family members holiday to Maui were low. Not mainly because there isn’t great food items on the island—looking at you, Tin Roof and Sam Sato’s—but for the reason that we ended up eight older people, two kids, and one rented Chevy Impala being in close proximity to the resorts of Kā‘anapali. I steeled myself for a 7 days of 5 p.m. *White Lotus–*type lodge dinners. But a scorching suggestion led us to e-book a reservation at Waicoco, the recently opened restaurant at the Westin Kā‘anapali. The chef, Chris Kajioka (who co-owns the restaurant with Mourad Lahlou of San Francisco’s Aziza and Mourad), did excursions at Eating places You Have Heard Of on the mainland right before returning residence to Hawaii to open his possess James Beard–recognized places. That variety of chef-y tasting menu strategy can be hard to translate to a lodge restaurant the dimensions of a soccer discipline, but Kajioka and his team killed it. We ate “ohana design,” sharing family members-model platters of heat Hawaiian rolls flecked with crystals of salt, rosy pink seared ahi, and umami-loaded black garlic Sun Noodles. The total household was joyful, from the four-12 months-old (who bogarted the rolls) to the 74-12 months-old (who cherished the mai tais). Resort dining in the course of the higher period is normally not one thing to publish property about, which is particularly why Waicoco was amongst my most unforgettable foods of the yr. —MacKenzie Chung Fegan, senior commerce editor


1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago

As anyone who can’t make it incredibly considerably into the working day with out caffeine, I obtain myself quite allergic to breakfast experiences that include lengthy lines. But the hold out (down the block) for breakfast at Kasama in Chicago was really worth each and every moment, and I’d do it once again for a style of that garlicky sinangag with tocino. The Filipino-inflected menu is full of incredible breakfast sandwiches (I lucked into a couple of bites of the longanisa, egg, and cheese) and thoughtful pastries, like a miniature ube and huckleberry-stuffed choose on a gâteau Basque. Subsequent time I go I’ll nab a desk within the cozy, inviting cafe for some espresso and savory treats and then get as several pastries as I can have to go. —Anna Hezel, Epicurious senior editor

Myers + Chang

1145 Washington St, Boston

I went to Boston with my relatives for my brother’s college tour weekend, and I was established to squeeze in a couple of fantastic foods when there. We ended up at Myers + Chang, and it’s a scarce place that all 4 of us ended up equally excited to eat at. Going for walks into chef-proprietor Joanne Chang’s cafe and getting warmly greeted felt like getting welcomed into a friend’s household for a meal party. Ravenous soon after traveling, we purchased just about the complete menu: lemony shrimp dumplings, crackly scallion pancakes, wok-roasted lemongrass mussels, crispy tofu with pickled jalapeño, chewy udon noodles in a black bean oyster sauce (that experienced us savoring the dregs of sauce at the base of the bowl with a spoon). Just about every dish was a emphasize, and there wasn’t a one miss in our buy. Heat, bustling, and with provider that presents you just the suitable total of time to linger between tiny plates, it is the variety of area that encourages unfettered laughter and straightforward dialogue. I can not wait to go to once more. —Antara Sinha, affiliate cooking editor