Best Of 2011

BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO A POTATO: Mise en Place

“Creamy bacon Maytag bleu fingerling ragout” — just the description is poetry, hitting just about every culinary pleasure point. But anyone can write a menu. It takes Marty Blitz and company to make you forget every combination of potatoes, bacon and cheese you’ve ever had (yes, even that stuffed thing at Wendy’s) and then make you keep stabbing and spooning at the empty dish in the vain hope that there’s a morsel left. It’s dishes like this that have helped Mise En Place stay vital to the Tampa Bay dining scene for 25 years. 442 W. Kennedy Blvd. #110, Tampa, 813-254-5373, miseonline.com.