Just curious to hear about favorite individual meals of 2008 at Boston-area restaurants. Actually, they don't have to be full meals--could be apps, desserts, etc.
Mine are probably (in order, more or less):
1) beef gulyas, Jasmine Bistro, Brighton (cubed beef and sliced potatoes in a bell pepper paprika sauce that pretty much knocked my socks off with its great blend of spices)
2) risotto fiorentina, Vecchia Roma, Newton (a delicious mix of creamy arborio rice, chicken, spinach, and parmesan cheese in a wine sauce)
3) falafel sandwich, Reef Cafe, Allston (tasty falafel balls mixed with pickles, tomatoes, yellow peppers, and tahini sauce, all inside a pita wrap)
I neglected to mention the thunder noodles at Mango II in Tewksbury and the Madeiran steak at Estoril in Fall River mainly because they are a bit outside of the area (especially Estoril). And a guilty pleasure was definitely the juicy, fatty, messy burger I had at Cappy's Tavern in Readville. It may have been the meal that put the biggest smile on my face over the past 12 months, but it's not exactly a Chow-ish place (or maybe it is!).