Best Restaurant Dishes of 2013

The year's most extraordinary dishes reflect the biggest restaurant trends of the moment: nose-to-tail-fin eating, live-fire grilling and...
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Lobster Chawan Mushi

Yusho, Chicago • Even though Yusho is a yakitori restaurant, the dish I can't forget is the chawan mushi. Chef-owner Matthias Merges makes 20 versions of this Japanese egg custard—duck, sea urchin, even sardine—but the one that went over-the-top was the lobster. It wasn't just because of the skewer of seared lobster meat brushed with yakitori sauce; it was also the crispy kale, sesame brittle and lobster oil.—KH

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