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Bon Appétit Announces Its 2016

Best New Restaurant Nominees

Looking for a delicious date night destination? Look no further than this:  Bon Appétit has announced its 50 nominees for the Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2016. The winners will be revealed in the magazine’s upcoming September issue (on newsstands and live on on August 16). These 50 restaurants represent the best of a year’s worth of eating and drinking. “They define the way we eat in 2016,” says Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit‘s deputy editor. Knowlton and senior editor Julia Kramer crisscrossed the country, eating at more than 400 restaurants in search of these standouts. The list of 50 nominees is now available at

Kobu Celery, Tako Sashimi, Okonomi-Yaki, and Miso Wing at Bar Goto in New York City (Photo by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit) (PRNewsFoto/Bon Appetit)

From an onigiri-slinging food truck in Charleston, SC, to a pintxos party in Pittsburgh to an absolutely zero-frills taqueria in Dallas to a French-Mexican brunch hangout in Los Angeles, here are the 50 nominees for this year’s Hot 10, in alphabetical order:

  • Bad Saint (Washington, D.C.)
  • Bar Goto (New York, NY)
  • Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise (Seattle, WA)
  • Baroo (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Boeufhaus (Chicago, IL)
  • Bread & the Butterfly (Atlanta, GA)
  • Buxton Hall (Asheville, NC)
  • Cala and Tacos Cala (San Francisco, CA)
  • Cassia (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Coquine (Portland, OR)
  • The Dabney (Washington, D.C.)
  • Death & Taxes (Raleigh, NC)
  • Drifters Wife (Portland, ME)
  • The Durham (Durham, NC)
  • Emmer & Rye (Austin, TX)
  • Foreign Correspondents (Houston, TX)
  • Hotel Emma (San Antonio, TX)
  • Josephine Estelle (New Orleans, LA)
  • Juliet (Somerville, MA)
  • Little Uncle (Seattle, WA)
  • Longoven (Richmond, VA)
  • Lord Stanley (San Francisco, CA)
  • Mimi (New York, NY)
  • Monteverde (Chicago, IL)
  • Morcilla (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • N7 (New Orleans, LA)
  • Oberlin (Providence, RI)
  • The Perennial (San Francisco, CA)
  • Pizza Jerk (Portland, OR)
  • Pop’s Poboys (Lafayette, LA)
  • Pub Royale (Chicago, IL)
  • RiceBar (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Roister (Chicago, IL)
  • Shepard (Cambridge, MA)
  • Short Grain (Charleston, SC)
  • Sister Pie (Detroit, MI)
  • South Philly Barbacoa (Philadelphia, PA)
  • St. Genevieve (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Staplehouse (Atlanta, GA)
  • Superiority Burger (New York, NY)
  • Tail Up Goat (Washington, D.C.)
  • Té Company (New York, NY)
  • Trois Familia (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Trompo (Dallas, TX)
  • Whitfield (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Wildair (New York, NY)
  • Willa Jean (New Orleans, LA)
  • Winsome (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Wm. Mulherin’s Sons (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yui (Las Vegas, NV)

“Julia and I searched for one-of-a-kind places that can’t be replicated,” Knowlton says. “We love restaurants that are driven by passionate people with distinct points of view. These places aren’t cookie-cutter. They’re absolutely authentic to the cities where they’re based. We want to recognize restaurants that showcase hard work, genuine hospitality, and delicious food.”

The 50 nominees for the Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2016 represent Bon Appétit’s biggest digital activation yet on, an immersive online experience featuring recipes, interactive features, and exclusive video content.

“Every year we want to go bigger and better with the Hot 10 package,” says Carey Polis, editor of “For 2016, this means prioritizing the users’ experiences and enhancing visuals. We want people to feel like they intimately know the restaurants, even if they’ve never visited them.”

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