In January, NRN.com introduced Cool Plates, a weekly feature that showcases menu items from restaurants across the country that initiated new trends, took fresh looks at standard menu items, or offered clever ideas to other chefs and restaurateurs. Below are senior food editor Bret Thorn’s five favorite Cool Plates of the year. Chicken and Jack cheese dumplings, Buffalo style 9 restaurant, New York City The buffalo wing went upscale and got an international twist in this dish. Chicken ...

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