Restaurant of the Year: 44 Canteen

44 Canteen is an utterly crave-worthy spot from the team behind 44 Stone Public House. Try tacos like the Sloppy José, with chicken chorizo, smoked chile sauce, avocado and pickled red onion, or the Philly Steak with miso-grilled onion, queso sauce, roasted poblano and jalapeño peppers and a Valentina-butter sauce. The umami-bomb Korean burger offers an Angus-and-pork-belly patty topped with Ssamjang mayo, cucumber kimchi and Muenster. In the mood for fried chicken? Order the beer-brined and buttermilk-fried chicken-thigh sandwich with zucchini pickles and a cayenne-hot chile oil drizzled on top, if you please. Craft beer and cocktails round out the experience at this of-the-moment destination in downtown Columbia. (Photo by Aaron Ottis)

44 Canteen, 44canteen.com

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