From tacos to bar snacks, the 25 best small plates and appetizers of the year may be small, but they deliver big flavor

Just like gifts, sometimes the best bites come in small packages. Proof: Pub Royale’s spicy-sweet Gobi Manchurian, Yum Dum Truck’s gooey kimcheesy rice balls and In-On Thai’s funky green bean salad. This year, Chicago restaurants served 25 memorable small plates, from some of the city’s best tacos to beautiful dishes at fine dining restaurants, all small in size, huge in flavor.

Trucker snacks at Bub City

When the country music is rocking and you’ve had a couple of whiskey drinks, nothing tastes better than these saltines, stacked with pimiento cheese, pickles and hot links. $6.