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The food at Hana Japanese is testament to Sonoma County's diverse dining scene.

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! With that in mind, we unveiled our practice rounds for soups and salads, veggie side dishes and entrées — fear not, there’s still time to plan the perfect home-cooked feast! Meanwhile, our West Coast travels took us to the impressive dining scene in Sonoma County, California, and to some seriously high-quality bites in Portland, Oregon. Might Charlotte, North Carolina, soon join these two as great food cities? We investigated. Also, we compiled guides to prime rib, the top 100 wines of the year, Stockholm dining and 40 types of pizza. Yes, 40! All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Can Charlotte, North Carolina, become a great food city?
  2. Forty types of pizza! One single infographic!
  3. You should make prime rib for the holidays. Here’s why.
  4. Marijuana is legal in Oregon! Here are eight great stoner eats in Portland.
  5. Sonoma County, California, has some great restaurants. Here are eight.
  6. Headed to Stockholm? Have dinner at one of these ten essential places.
  7. Thanksgiving practice rounds! Soups and salads. Veggie side dishes. Entrées.
  8. Why the chicken biscuit craze is both infuriating and delicious.
  9. Make this kabocha squash soup just in time for Thanksgiving!
  10. Wine Spectator announces its top 100 wines of 2015.