Best Of 2020

Best Unexpected Burger: ToB Burger

Helmed by an actual Belgian — Jean-Francois Flechet — Taste of Belgium is known for its Liege waffles, thick and caramelized creations cooked in a cast-iron waffle maker. And, as suggested in the name, the restaurant also offers myriad other Belgian-style dishes: stoemp, escargot, Pernod mussels, steak frites, crepes, Brittany-style savory galettes and many Belgian beers. (The bistro at The Banks is only the second place in the world to offer all four Chimay trappist ales on draft, outside of the brewery.) But if you’re skipping the breakfast options here, try the ToB Burger. The patty is made with a mix of short rib, brisket and chuck and comes topped with bacon, goat cheese and an unexpected addition of caramelized apples and shallots. It’s a fun combo of sweet and savory, especially when paired with the bistro’s frites. They are thick potato fries that might strangely remind you of those you grew up eating at Kings Island and they’re served with a side of aioli. Taste of Belgium, 1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 2845 Short Vine, Corryville; 3825 Edwards Road, Hyde Park; 16 W. Freedom Way, The Banks, authenticwaffle.com.