Best Of 2011

BEST LOADED FRENCH FRIES: Twisted Cork

Loaded french fries are nothing new, but rarely are they anything more than a hefty pile of grease, potato and cheese. At Twisted Cork, however, the fun starts with the fries themselves, sturdy and crisp, able to maintain structural integrity after being drizzled with an elegant and velvety Gorgonzola cream sauce. Then bacon in hunks and chunks instead of bits, as well as a scattered handful of diced scallions. More bleu cheese is tossed over the top, this time in crumbled, creamy masses to accent the sauce. The crowning glory are tiny, spicy, pickled diced peppers that add a burst of acidity and heat to shock your senses out of a potential fatty coma. 3405 34th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-525-2675, twistedcorkgrille.com.