Of course, that’s the point: Nana’s is determined to take you back home to the meat-and-potatoes type of food many of us grew up on. Best of Houston® 2020 The Houston Press is a nationally award-winning, 31-year-old publication ruled by endless curiosity, a certain … We’ll remember the other food drives, too, the ones hosted by churches and schools and other helping hands. There’s a playfulness to the menu: Skate frites make an appearance in lieu of steak frites, pickled mussels instead of herring. Its breast is carved and whisked back to the open kitchen for an additional sear. A few years ago, the city seemed hot to get away from its past as one new restaurant after another, from Wabi House to Piattello, introduced us to new, exhilarating cuisines or new ways of eating that had little to do with Fort Worth’s history as a hub for the cattle industry. We’ll remember one minute, we were dining at our favorite restaurant and the next, we were contributing to a GoFundMe to help them stay alive. You’ll have a tough time finding a better Reuben on this side of Camp Bowie. Fort Worth could use a few more places like Nana’s, that’s for sure. Some of us volunteered, and some of us got in line. So Do Black-Owned Businesses. But Jay Jerrier — the Dallas restaurateur who brought us Cane Rosso — did Fort Worth a solid by opening a location of this family-friendly pizza joint here, and now it’s hard to imagine what life was like before it. Every Sunday night, Sales takes a break from barbecue to dish out excellent burgers, double-patty beauties with expertly crisped edges and a remarkably smoky flavor. Then the quarantines started, and we weren’t sure what we were going to do. 218 Bryan Ave., brixbarbecue.com; 2735 W. Fifth St., daynescraftbarbecue.com, Beignets from Dusty Biscuit: Bless Trey Smith for bringing New Orleans-style beignets and Café au Lait coffee to the South Main area. You won’t find any fancy tasting menus on this list. Yeah, we all needed a little comfort this year. Estelle’s satisfying small plates and enticing entrées combine Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish influences—enough of a draw to make the St. Paul restaurant one of 2020’s best. He folds Maryland crab into his labne as a nod to the mid-Atlantic region (creating one hell of a chip dip in the process); there are foraged chanterelles in his hummus; there are pears and huckleberries in his fattoush. Chef Bo Porytko has a knack for novelty, a talent … 3318 East Belknap St., instagram.com/calisience. It’s not all just meat, mind you. The duo, dipping into a grab bag of influences, reboot old Gallic warhorses with West Coast sunshine and Quebecois funk. The menu at Fox and Pearl changes frequently. 2801A Florida Ave., Coconut Grove. There’s a lot of seafood, too, including a ginger miso white soy swordfish. Photo by Kevin Kramer. As the ocean winds remind us, all is temporary. Love’s rendition, made in honor of his wife, a Michigan native, is rectangular-shaped with a fluffy interior and crisp, browned edges — the perfect specimen of this now-trending dish. We spent these months looking for the people and places that restored us. The dish is a decadent throwback, but like everything else at chef Dave Beran’s ode to Old World French cooking, it is surprisingly light and joyful and makes you feel special, sans snootiness. But we covered a hell of a lot of asphalt, and we experienced, again and again, the creative resilience that makes the American restaurant scene a source of delight. For the best Connecticut Magazine content, … The words are often used as a pejorative to describe the food of the Midwest. 5054 Trail Lake Drive, kingskitchenrestaurant.com, The past two years have been banner years for craft-inspired barbecue in Fort Worth, and one of the reasons why is this family-run ’cue joint not far from the Near Southside. Meanwhile, the rest of the canard is placed into a gleaming press, hand-turned by a cook, juices pouring into a delicate teacup. The far west side of Fort Worth has needed a good catfish spot for years, and that’s exactly what west siders got when Louisiana native Dwight Cooley opened his acclaimed catfish joint last year near Northwest Loop 820. Prubechu at 2224 Mission Street #A —K.S. We never came to the table expecting fussy, tweezered perfection. The Italian-American has a zing from arugula and a ’nduja aioli; the au poivre makes other roast-beef sandwiches seem bland. Even during a pandemic, new restaurants have opened and continue to open, a testament to the resilience of our city’s food community. His scallop tostada is a modern classic adorned with yuzu kosho and opal basil. One of this year’s most anticipated restaurants, Sarah Castillo’s high-end homage to Mexican homecooking opened in the South Main Village in March, then shut right back down when the pandemic hit. Opened: December 2019. One of the busiest chefs in Fort Worth, Stefon Rishel opened two restaurants this year — Wishbone & Flynt and Berry Street Ice House — and his Trident Restaurant Group has more coming, including Cast & Hook, a seafood restaurant at the new Hotel Revel on Eighth Avenue. That is then transformed into a sauce, mounted with cognac, and poured atop the sliced breast, just as it returns. Once inside, it’s a different story. Well, it’s a Southern thing. 2koreangirls.com. Best New Restaurant (2020) Tempest in Charleston wins Best New Restaurant title. Maldonado has a gift for using wine to open your mind. Now Barber is taking the realignments a step further, surrendering his role in the kitchen in 2021 so that a diverse lineup of chefs from around the world can have access to the resources of Stone Barns and connect with a wider audience. Meanwhile, Brent Kroll’s confident, majestic wine list has categories like “Unicorn Wines,” “The Outsiders,” and “Donnie Darko Reds.” Order everything on the menu for dinner and then come back to Yellow for a breakfast pita with kefta the next morning.