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Restaurant industry workers can enjoy Mamnoon's Muhammara on the cheap this week.

It’s just magically, stupidly good: Syrian red pepper dip, thickened with walnuts and fired with cumin, whose rosy hue and unexpected brightness arises from pomegranate molasses. The texture is nutty and irresistibly lush, the flavor an explosion of nuts and fruit and fire. No wonder Mamnoon took our prize for 2013 Restaurant of the Year.

Here are more of my favorite dishes of 2013

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