Best Of 2007

Best Taste of Ohio's Bounty: Flying Fig

The seasonal menu at this Ohio City bistro makes celebrities out of humble Ohio fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products -- from heirloom tomatoes and pesticide-free peaches to Tea Hill Farms chicken and Lake Erie Creamery goat cheese. Of course, it's one thing to turn a spotlight on the finest regional, seasonal ingredients; it's something else again to make them shine. Chef-owner Karen Small and her staff prove their mettle, lavishing each ear of corn, stalk of asparagus, or golden beet with rapt attention, then coddling them until their natural essences are focused, amplified, and released on a plate. The process makes for some of the most precise, delicious, and righteous food imaginable. If it's true that we are what we eat, then Flying Fig's patrons are among the city's most fortunate diners.