5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in November

5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in November
Lauren Saria

If there's one lesson to be learned from last month's best bites, it's that a dish doesn't have to be big to make a lasting impression. Whether we're talking about a side plate, an appetizer, or a simple pastry, sometimes it's the smallest morsels that make the most powerful memories. The best eats and drinks I got to try in November include the stunning seasonal plate pictured above and couple dishes from two top new spots.

I hope you get to try some of it for yourself soon.

See also: 5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in October

"Straight From The Farm" Radishes at Crepe Bar

Crepe Bar's chef Jeff Kraus is celebrating seasonal and local produce in a tiny way with a new menu of "Straight from the Farm" small plates/side dishes that feature produce from The Farm at Agritopia. With this dish of radishes Kraus creates a remarkable medley of flavors and textures using cultured butter, a touch of smoked salt, and lime. The plating alone makes a big impression but the unexpected contrasting flavors -- spicy, salty, sweet, cold, and crispy all at once -- made me happy to enjoy the bounty of this season.

5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in November
Lauren Saria

Vietnamese + Fresh Herbs Chicken at Welcome Chicken + Donuts

It's not often that a restaurant opens with as much immediate success as Welcome Chicken + Donuts did last month and there's absolutely no good reason why you shouldn't go experience it for yourself (if you haven't already). Just about everything on the menu is worth a taste, but my personal favorite so far has been the Vietnamese + Herb fried chicken. It comes light and extra crispy, tossed in a pungent sauce and sprinkled with fresh herbs. A simple cake donut makes a perfect pairing.



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