Friday December 27, 2013 | 09:54 AM

The show of food and beverage establishments  that opened in Greater Portland reached an astounding level in 2013.  At last count there were some 20 new restaurants and bars that have opened this year, with more on the way.

But what impressed me was not only the new restaurants that came to us this year but the new  or reliably excellent dishes that were created at these establishments old and new.  Take a look at some stand-out dishes for 2013.

Back Bay Grill: salmon over puree of delicata squash

In'finiti Fermentation and Distillation: chorizo with eggs and potato crisps

Ruski's: blue cheese burger

Hugo's: peas with housemade lardo and wild flowers

Nebo Lodge (North Haven): local swordfish belly

Piccolo: housemade cavatelli with lamb ragu

Natalie's: local lamb over cous cous

 Tao-Yaun: lamb pancakes

 Figa: chickpeas and shrimp; this restaurant will be reopening sometime next year

The Maine Diner: chicken a la king

Empire Chinese: sizzling chicken

Outliers: chicken drummettes

Emilitsa: calamari

 Long Grain: custard with black beans

Five Fifty-Five: smoked salmon in cider


Petite Jacqueline: pressed shoulder of lamb

Comida Latin Kitchen: flautas of braised pork

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