The New York Times food writer Pete Wells has posted his 9 favorite restaurant dishes for 2014. I am unlikely ever to see (or taste) them but I find them just beautiful. I'm surprised at the number of classic dishes depicted, including gratinéed French onion soup, a pizza (though with potato carbonara), a pasta dish, and a prime rib dish.
Beautiful roast beef sandwich from the slide show.
Several other newspapers have showcased best dishes of the year, but mainly more unusual. For example Eater, the Miami Herald, the Denver Post -- all very exotic choices.