100 Favorite Dishes 2012: The Map
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Being the map nerd that I am, I look forward to mapping out our list of 100 Favorite Dishes every year to see the geographical distribution of our picks throughout the city.
If you look back through our 100 Favorites lists from 2011 (mine) and 2010 (Robb Walsh's), you'll see a pattern start to emerge: The thick west Houston corridor from downtown out to Memorial seems to be the most favored area of the city for good eats. No surprise, as that corridor contains such restaurant-heavy neighborhoods as Montrose, River Oaks and Chinatown.
This, despite my own personal resolution this year to focus more on the east side of town. Maybe I need to extend that resolution next year to explore the south and north parts of town, too, although the fact can't be ignored that most of the city's greatest restaurants right now are opening or have opened within that same western corridor.
What other patterns do you see in the past three years of 100 Favorite Dishes? Do you disagree with any of our picks? Have a favorite dish you can't believe was left off the list? Sound off in the comments section below.
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