That's all, 2022. From the good (most popular recipes!) to the bad (least-favorite food trends!), we’re spending December looking back. Head here for all the stories in BA’s year in review.
This was a spectacular year for eating out. My respect for how determined and creative restaurants remained through a triple wallop of pandemic, inflation and, you know, everything else has only been bolstered by how thoroughly good restaurants were in 2022. There was so much talent on display. That included new spots, of course, but also the longstanding favorites that seem to only get better. Sure, we always end the year with some grumbling and complaints: We’re evenly split on whether QR code menus are great or egregious, and there’s no denying that getting a reservation at a favorite restaurant these days can feel like camping out for a sneaker drop.
For the most part though, being in restaurants this past year just made us happy. So to cap things off, we’re taking a look back at some of our staff’s very favorite meals of 2022. Those included smoky carne asada tacos in Tucson, tableside martini service in Miami (we love a show!), unbeatable pizza in Brooklyn, and a lot more. —Elazar Sontag, restaurant editor
6741 N Thornydale Rd #121, Tucson, AZ
Food writer John Birdsall recommended Tacos Apson to me when I passed through town this year, and my husband and I loved it so much that we went twice. The low-key counter-service restaurant offers one of the city’s specialties: smoky carne asada on flour tortillas. I don’t eat a lot of beef these days, but this was the order here—chewy, slightly smoky, well-seasoned beef, on thin and pliable flour tortillas. On our first visit we arrived late at night, when teenagers and families were lining up to get their fix, and it made me jealous that there’s not more of a flour tortilla culture in New York, where I live. Then again, what a treat to eat at a restaurant like Tacos Apson, a place that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the country. —Serena Dai, editorial director