Now that the best new restaurants and best new bars lists are done and dusted, it’s time to get to the more reflective part of year-end proceedings: Those special meals that struck a personal chord and lingered long after the last plate had been cleared.

We asked a host of First We Feast contributors to share their most memorable dining experiences with us, and they came through with some tales that made us cry a couple times, laugh a few more, but mostly just get really, really hungry. From BBQ prepared by an Aaron Franklin protege, to a dim sum institution in Hong Kong, these spots deserve a place on any eater’s bucket list—if you tend to travel with your stomach in mind, you’ll find plenty to dig into here.

Read through our list of standout meals in 2015, then share your own with us in the comments. Here’s to another great year of eating ahead.

Written by Justin Bolois (@justinbolois), John Birdsall (@john_birdsall), Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek), Chris Schonberger (@cschonberger), Erin Mosbaugh (@jayblague), Regan Hofmann (@regan_hofmann), Jamie Feldmar (@jfeldmar), Nick Schonberger (@nschon), Richie Nakano (@linecook), Aaron Goldfarb (@aarongoldfarb), Noah Arenstein (@nmarenstein)