87: Charcuterie Board at Surly Beer Hall & Restaurant

The charcuterie board is as much about the accompaniments as the meat.

The charcuterie board is as much about the accompaniments as the meat.

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2016, coming April 20, we're serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Here are the best dishes, drinks, snacks, and sweet treats we encountered over the last year.

In German beer halls, steins of Pils serve to wash down hearty sausages; at the sprawling Surly compound in Northeast Minneapolis, you have your choice of the brewery’s beloved beers to pair with a gourmet yet homey charcuterie board. Carnivores will find themselves in -ahem- hog heaven as they survey the foot-long wooden plank laden with all manner of meat. Pig is represented, but so are rabbit, turkey and duck. And while the four meat selections certainly stand on their own merits, each is partnered with a housemade accompaniment that elevates every bite.

Everything on the charcuterie board is made in-house, with the exception of Big Chet’s salami from local favorite Red Table Meats. Big Chet’s is spiked with garlic and fennel and enough spice to make your taste buds sit up and take notice. It’s served alongside shaved fennel and pickled cippolini onions, Dijon mustard and pickled mustard seeds. The braunschweiger is not the stuff that comes in a tube from the grocery store. This is almost foie gras-like, smooth and luxurious; the accompanying caramelized onion sauce and pickled red onions provide a nice texture contrast.  The turkey terrine is actually a combination of turkey, duck and pork fat, with cranberry compote, celery leaf salad and sage-dusted breadcrumbs. The rabbit rillette takes on an Asian flair when combined with a salad of carrots, Fresno peppers, and cilantro in a Thai vinaigrette. Add a few beers and call it a day.

100: Caramel-Bacon Puffcorn at Red Cow

99: Pappadams from the Curry Diva

98: The Kingfield at Five Watt

97: Raspberry Cream Scone at Sun Street Breads

96: Bacon and Bourbon from 6Smith

95: Biscuits and Gravy at Ward 6

94: Burgers from Peppers and Fries

93: The Everything Bagel from Rise Bagel Co.

92: Bent River Camembert from Alemar Cheese

91: Two large pizzas and a pitcher of beer, Original Red's Savoy

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89: Chaksuka from Shish

88: Fried Green Tomato BLT from Butcher and the Boar