Best Of 2007

BEST SALT-AND-PEPPER CALAMARI: Yummy House

Most of the time, fried calamari is chewy like a rubber band, turning each bite into a five-minute ordeal. But every now and again, you taste squid that’s been prepared with jaw-friendly softness. Such is the Salt-and-Pepper Calamari at Yummy House ($6.95). It’s spicy and slightly pungent, with roasted garlic, scallions and slices of jalapeno dotting the huge mound of soft, perfectly-seasoned-yet-not-too-greasy rings. It’s also blissfully free of the leggy pieces found lurking in most calamari offerings.