While eating our way through the Lowcountry for The Post and Courier's 2009 Restaurant Guide, we talked a lot about good food. Random things we've enjoyed at restaurants sparkled in our memories — bites savory and sweet, sips hard and soft. Some humble, some fancy.

Distilling our collective taste experiences into a list of a mere 25 was a challenge. For one, eating is so subjective — what one person loves the next person may find average or even unlikable. But we do know this: For every food or drink we declare exceptional, there are scores of others that are just as amazing to someone else. To our 25, we make a bow.

As for yours, please share. Go to postandcourier.com/food and tell us about a favorite restaurant food or beverage — what it is, where you've had it and why it's special. Pass it forward.

Thursday in Preview

Bars and restaurants in the Lowcountry are thinking outside the box to keep afloat in the current economic crisis. Read about the creative ways these businesses are bringing in customers in Thursday's Preview section.