2016 has been such a fun year for us! We are happy to report an 11/12 for our resolution to try a new restaurant each month, but there were a few times we tried more than one new place in a month, so it all evens out right? Either way, I’d give us an A+!

This resolution was perfect for this phase in our lives. It pushed us to explore our city more, have intentional date nights, and branch out with new foods. Two things I love about Nathan are his willingness to try new things and his appreciation for a good meal. We have our priorities in order around here 😉

Here’s a recap of all our new restaurants from this year:

JanuaryForty-Five Degrees

February – Blind Owl Brewery

March – none (not making excuses but…#surgeryrotation)

AprilRipple Bagel, Milktooth (for me)

MayBluebeard, Cake Bake Shop (for me), Varanese

JuneNapolese, Cafe Patachou, GT South’s

JulyTrader’s Point Creamery, Bub’s Burgers

AugustPizzology, Nada

SeptemberTwenty Tap, Goose the Market

OctoberThe Local, Mimi Blue, Bru Burger (for me), Mesh (for Nathan)

NovemberPublic Greens, Punch Bowl Social

DecemberLate Harvest Kitchen, Mesh (for me)

Now for the superlatives of the new places we tried!

Best fries: Twenty Tap

Best burger: The Local

Best sandwich: Goose the Market

Best pizza: Napolese

Best tacos: Nada

Best sides: Mimi Blue

Best dessert: Cake Bake Shop

Most creative dishes: TIE – Bluebeard and Late Harvest Kitchen

Best ambiance: Varanese



Needless to say, it’s been a great year!

We have grand plans to make 2017 even better. Our resolution for the coming year is to try 1 new recipe each month. With how busy everything will be with the transition to residency, we think this is an achievable yet challenging goal! Consistency is key 🙂

We will alternate who gets to choose the recipe and then cook it together as much as possible. Our hope is that this will get us in the kitchen together more, help us to branch out and be creative with our meals, allow us to slow down and savor time at home, and improve our cooking skills too. We dream about being able to host awesome dinner parties where we can make really impressive dishes for all our friends and family one day, so this is a stepping stone toward making that a reality.

Cheers – and bon appetit – to a wonderful New Year!

What are some of the best places/dishes you ate this year? 

What are some of your resolutions for 2017?

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