No. 74: Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies at the Preservery
Lunch at the Preservery on Blake Steet is a relaxed and tranquil affair, with tables taken up by solo diners on laptops, small groups in business meetings who have eschewed the three-martini lunch in favor of something a little more modern, and neighborhood regulars strolling in from the surrounding condos. The airy, open space encompasses a bar, dining room and market stocked with deli goods and gleaming jars of sauces, spreads and — as the name suggests — preserves.
The market theme continues through the lunchtime menu, with housemade ricotta adding creamy texture to a grilled-cheese sandwich, preserved-lemon spread adding a citrus note to a hummus sandwich, and the kitchen's own nut butter and jelly packing a flavorful take on a PB&J.
As you step up to the cashier to place your order, glass-dome displays of cookies tempt with their sweet, golden-brown contents. At first glance, the chocolate chip cookies don't look like anything out of the ordinary, but if you see some sprinkled with sesame seeds, go ahead and add a couple to your order. There's sesame tahini mixed into the batter, giving these cookies an added dimension of nuttiness and a moist center. A slight bitterness from the tahini emerges at the end, mingling with the bittersweet flavors of the chocolate chips.
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The perfect chocolate chip cookie is about the texture as much as the flavor; these boast a crusty outer layer yielding to a tender interior and a generous dose of melty chocolate. The tahini adds just enough complexity to bring a childhood favorite into more mature territory in which sugary sweetness isn't the only attraction.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2016 countdown are linked below.
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No. 99: Bacon Shrimp and Grits at Bacon Social House
No. 98: Porchetta and Kimchi Sandwich at Brider
No. 97: Squab-and-Sunchoke Tortellini at Abejas
No. 96: Housemade Burrata at Viand
No, 95: Schweinshaxe at Rhein Haus
No. 94 Kimchi Jeon at Seoul BBQ
No. 93: Zuppa Pomodoro at Parisi Italian Market & Deli
No. 92: The Ocean Salad at Sushi-Rama
No. 91: The Signature Bowl from Churn & Burn
No. 90: Green Chorizo at Los Compadres
No. 89: The Diavola Calzone at Pino's Neighborhood Pizzeria
No. 88: Biscuits and Green Chile at the Noshery
No. 87: Chirashi at Izu Sushi
No. 86: Brisket and Ribs at GQue Championship BBQ
No. 85: The Tornado at the Chowder Room
No. 84: Korean Fried Chicken Wings at Yong Gung
No. 83: A Meatball Hero at Lil' Ricci's New York Pizzeria
No. 82: Shakshuka at Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen
No. 81: Late-Night Ramen at Brazen
No. 80: Potato Tacos at El Tejado
No. 79: Corned Beef Heart at the Way Back
No. 78: The Fried Bologna Sandwich at Snarfburger
No. 77: Sweet Corn Mezzaluna at Bar Dough
No. 76: Duck Confit at Table 6
No. 75: The Croque Monsieur at Fire