I'll be frank: 2011 wasn't the best year for dining in Atlanta. Despite that, I have high hopes for 2012. Some of our city's best supper clubs are morphing into actual restaurants: Cardamom Hill promises to be a serious, upscale Indian venture propelled by the enthusiasm of Spice Route's Asha Gomez. The Lawrence, brought to us by the folks behind Dinner Party, furthers the culinary playground of chef Shane Devereux. Richard Blais is promising to finally bring his non-junk food cooking back at the Spence. There are a zillion rumors flying about new projects from some of my favorite restaurateurs. Bring it 2012.
But even though 2011 was a tad slow, I did manage to eat well, much of the time. Here, in no particular order, are my favorite dishes of 2011.