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Our 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2019

Bon Appétit logo Bon Appétit 9/10/2019 The Bon Appétit Staff
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Think it’s hard for Julia Kramer, BA’s deputy editor, to narrow down hundreds of meals in dozens of cities across America to a list of 10? Same here. That’s why we start by naming our 50 nominees, all of which are worthy of celebration in their own right. Check back on September 17 to find out which of these spots made it to the final Hot 10 list. (And while you’re thinking about it, save the date for our extremely epic Hot 10 party in NYC on October 19. Buy tickets now!)

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Adda

Long Island City, NY

Powerful, purposeful, firing-on-all-cylinders Indian hits

a close up of food © Photo by Elizabeth Cecil

Aleppo Sweets

Providence

Best-in-class baklava at a homey Syrian café

a bowl of food sitting on a table © Photo by Alex Lau

Atomix

New York City

This is Korean-inflected fine dining at its, well, finest.

a slice of pizza © Photo by Laura Murray

Balkan Treat Box

St. Louis

Wood-fired flatbreads, sandwiches, and other extreme forms of deliciousness

a group of people sitting at a table © Photo by Jonnie Sirotek

Beckon

Denver

Duncan Holmes ups the ante with a chef’s counter next door to last year’s Hot 10 winner Call.

a cut in half sandwich sitting on top of a cake © Photo by Alex Delany

Benchwarmers Bagels

Raleigh, NC

Every other bagel sandwich just became meaningless.

a white plate topped with meat and vegetables © Photo by Johnny Autry

Benne on Eagle

Asheville, NC

New Southern with deep roots from chef Ashleigh Shanti

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Big King

Providence

Chef James Mark’s one-of-a-kind Japanese hideaway

a close up of many different types of food © Photo by Hayden Spears

Blood Bros. BBQ

Houston

Stellar Texas ’cue with Chinese and Vietnamese influences

a slice of pizza sitting on top of a table © Photo by Laura Murray

Bungalow by Middle Brow

Chicago

A more fun place to drink interesting beer and eat interesting pizza there simply is not.

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By Tae

Seattle

A hand-roll counter with a surplus of personality

a hand holding a sandwich © Photo by Andy Himmelrich

Call Your Mother

Washington, D.C.

The deli where a bagel should be followed up with a black-and-white alfajor

a plate of food with broccoli © Photo by Alex Lau

Carpenters Hall

Austin

The plate-size cutlet says it all at this way-more-than-a hotel restaurant. [Ed note: Andrew Knowlton, BA's editor-at-large, is involved in the restaurant]

a bowl of food sitting on top of a wooden table © Photo by Kevin Kramer

Centro and Popol Vuh

Minneapolis

A Mexican restaurant for when you’re feeling fancy (Popol Vuh) and when you’re not (Centro).

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Chubby Fish

Charleston

Does Charleston need another trendy seafood spot? Only if it’s as delightful as this place.

a plate of food sitting on top of a wooden table © Courtesy of Dacha Diner

Dacha Diner

Seattle

Immensely craveable Eastern European food (hello, beautiful khachapuri)

a bowl filled with different types of food on a plate © Courtesy of Dakzen

DakZen

Somerville, MA

The khao soi alone proves that America needs another fast-casual restaurant.

a room filled with furniture and a fire place © Photo by Alex Lau

The Elysian Bar

New Orleans

A magical hotel bar with a storied past

a group of people standing around a table with wine glasses © Photo by Kate Grewal

Fadensonnen, Larder, and Sophomore Coffee

Baltimore

Sorry, we’re not choosing a favorite among this trio of like-minded businesses: the bi-level biergarten and wine/sake bar (Fadensonnen), the earthy café (Larder), or the on-point coffee shop (Sophomore), united by a communal patio with picnic tables.

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Hathorne

Nashville

Where farm-to-table feels fresh as ever

a bowl filled with different types of food on a plate © Courtesy of Heirloom Brewshop

Heirloom Brewshop

Raleigh, NC

Serene tea shop, for sake and Taiwanese fried chicken too

a piece of food on a plate © Photo by Laura Murray

Jeong

Chicago

Heartfelt, precise cooking with a Korean bent

a bowl of food on a plate © Photo by Alex Lau

Khao Noodle Shop

Dallas

Fun-size Laotian noodles and snacks turn a strip mall into a destination.

a pizza sitting on top of a metal pan on a grill © Photo by Alex Lau

Konbi

Los Angeles

Isn’t it nice when Japanese sandwiches this insanely popular are also this insanely good?

a plate of food on a table © Photo by Alex Lau

Kopitiam

New York City

The Malaysian coffee shop that has us craving nasi lemak day and night

a group of people sitting at a bar © Photo by Jeff Marini

Kumiko and Kikkō

Chicago

Highly personalized Japanese-style cocktail bar where every bite of food is transcendent

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Le Comptoir du Vin

Baltimore

Try and find a more charming French bistro and natural wine bar.

a close up of food on a plate © Photo by Michael R. Wilson

Leonti

New York City

Stunning pastas in the kind of plush setting they just don’t make anymore

a bowl of food on a plate © Photo by Jenny Sathngam

Lineage

Maui

The breezy restaurant that celebrates what locals in Hawaii eat

a plate of food with broccoli © Photo by Emma Fishman

Longoven

Richmond

Tweezer food you’ll actually enjoy!

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M Tempura

Durham, NC

A set menu dedicated to expertly fried tempura: Yes.

a tray of food © Photo by Laura Murray

Matt’s BBQ Tacos

Portland, OR

Breakfast tacos + serious barbecue = our happy place.

a bunch of food on a table © Photo by Denny Culbert

Molly’s Rise and Shine

New Orleans

Epic breakfast and diner-style hospitality from the Turkey and the Wolf family

a pizza sitting on top of a pan © Photo by Mia Yakel

Nina & Rafi

Atlanta

A chef from Jersey makes Detroit-style pizza in Atlanta—and it couldn’t be more natural.

a plate of food on a table © Photo by Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

Ochre Bakery

Detroit

Ambitious coffee, bread, pastry, and breakfast situations in the cheeriest café

a piece of cake covered in cheese © Photo by Alex Lau

Petra and the Beast

Dallas

Misti Norris is the master of cured meats at this charcuterie-and-fresh-pasta haven.

a plate of food with a slice of pizza © Photo by Jillian Guyette

Pizzeria Beddia

Philadelphia

Pizza saint Joe Beddia’s expanded digs live up to the hype.

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Porridge + Puffs

Los Angeles

Where a bowl of creamy grains is the base for greatness

a dessert on a white plate topped with different types of food © Photo by Alex Lau

Reunion Bread Co.

Denver

Two words: churro croissant.

a piece of cake © Photo by Emma Fishman

Root Baking Co.

Atlanta

Because if you’re milling your own heirloom grains, you should definitely be turning them into lamb shawarma pizza and morning buns.

a close up of food © Photo by Julia Kramer

Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos

New Orleans

Why do tacos taste so much better eaten in an off-the-beaten-track alleyway?

a close up of a cup © Photo by Emma Fishman

Sarvida

Philadelphia

Filipino favorites served family-style in a setting that feels like home

a group of people performing on a counter © Photo by Laura Murray

Savage Restaurant

St. Louis

Nordic precision at a Midwestern chef’s counter

a close up of a plate of food © Photo by D.L. Anderson

Sister Liu’s Kitchen

Durham, NC

Unforgettable dumplings, for carryout only

a plate of food on a table © Courtesy of Tacos Oscar

Tacos Oscar

Oakland

A colorful back patio made for sheer taco enjoyment

a plate of food © Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Tailor

Nashville

Where Gujarat meets the Deep South—in dinner party form.

a plate of food on a table © Photo by Yahya Noor

Tawakal Halal Café

Boston

The Somali comfort food spot that should be your first stop off the plane.

a group of people in a store © Photo by Aubrie Pick

Verjus

San Francisco

The Quince team’s newest spot has all the wine we want to drink and all the pâtés and croquettes we want to eat.

a pot with food in it © Photo by Marvin Shaouni

Warda Pâtisserie

Detroit

Outstanding pastries (both sweet and savory) as works of art.

a pile of food © Photo by Alex Lau

The Wolf’s Tailor

Denver

House-made pasta and robata, so well executed that it works.

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