As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys, Top Newcomers, summed up 2013 in one word and Best Dining Neighborhoods and Biggest Dining Surprises. Now it's time to talk single best meal of 2013. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Le Cirque [Photo: Bellagio]
Q: What was the single best meal of 2013?
Mitchell Wilburn, food critic for CityLife: After a year of really, REALLY good meals, I always go back to one. It was when Le Cirque changed to their spring/summer menu, and it was Chef Paul's debut as executive. It was one of the small handful of meals I would call a truly artistic experience, not just visually but contextually. It really said something about himself, about our general culinary climate, and about the next step for Le Cirque as one of the true "Destination" fine dining restaurants.
E.C. Gladstone, food critic for CityLife: Unless something changes in the next few days, it was at Le Cirque, still one of Las Vegas' undeniable gems. They have a rock solid team on all levels.
Xania Woodman, senior editor, nightlife, beverage and food, Vegas Seven: It's a toss up between the Krug Chef's Table in Guy Savoy and E by Jose Andres in Jaleo. I simply don't want to choose, so I'll just say every meal I had at the bar at Carnevino this year was the best.
Bob Barnes, editorial director of Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional: Dining at Kabuto Edomae Sushi.
Max Jacobson, food critic for Vegas Seven: The White Truffle Menu at Guy Savoy.
Scott Roeben, Vital Vegas: The prix fixe Power Lunch at The Palm inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Just great from start to finish, all at a wonderful price.
Robin Leach, gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Sun: Mario Batali and Dario Cecchini's banquet at the Venetian's Winter Carnivale festivities just edged out an 18-course extravaganza at Joel Robuchon in MGM Grand.
Al Mancini, food writer for Vegas Seven: Dinner at Raku with Kevin Pang of The Chicago Tribune – even John Curtas' presence couldn't ruin it for me!
Elaine and Scott Harris, Cuisineist.com and The Daily Meal: Our best dish of 2013 came late in the year but well worth it. Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsay Steak prepared by Hells Kitchen winner Christina Wilson wins hands down .
Grace Bascos , food writer for Vegas Seven: At Comme Ça, because eff you, chef Brian Howard, for that foie gras, black pepper waffle and butternut squash dish. Easily one of my top three dishes of the year. It made me sigh twice.
Erik Chudy, VegasBurgerBlog: View Wine Bar had one of the best burgers I've eaten this year…followed by one of the most disappointing on a revisit.
Susan Stapleton, editor of Eater Vegas: Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel started serving its six-course tasting menu with yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce and black cod miso. Talk about greatest hits.
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