Enquirer picks the best restaurants of 2020

The Battle Creek Enquirer’s Bill Broderick of Bill’s Bites at Cascarelli’s in Homer

It was an unusual year in food in 2020.

Most of the year left a sour taste in our mouths. Thanks for nothing, world-wide pandemic.

Many restaurants were shut down at different times during the year, or had their menus reduced to just take-out options.

But 2020 did give the Bill’s Bites crew a chance to look back at more than a half-decade of sampling the best local restaurants had to offer.

After visiting more than 120 restaurants in the area over the last six years, Bill’s Bites spent most of 2020 handing out our Bill’s Best rankings – listing the “Top 5” dishes we’ve had in several categories like Best Burger, Best Breakfast and Best Buffet.  

We are going to end 2020 by ranking the best of the best.

Here is the Bill’s Best rankings of the Bill’s Best rankings. If that’s too confusing, and it probably is, it simply means I am taking our No. 1-ranked selections from each of the Bill’s Best lists we did in 2020 (we did eight of them) and then listing those in order of the best.

Here is the Bill’s Best of 2020.

The Double Figg Burger at Figgs Burger is one of the biggest and best burgers you can get in Battle Creek.

No. 8 – Figgs Burger

If this was the middle of summer, this might be higher on the list. However, Figgs Burger is a seasonal restaurant and, you know, out of sight, out of mind. And even when it’s open, Figgs Burger is kind of a mystery, but it was our No. 1 selection in our Best Burger category.

It is the kind of place you hear rumors about but maybe have never been to. Tucked away, off the beaten path, this nondescript, small box of a building with the words Figgs Burgers painted on the outside isn’t much to look at. But, boy are the burgers good, which is why this establishment has celebrated more than 30 years of business.