After announcing fifty finalists last week, Bon Appétit has released restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton's list of the ten best new restaurants in America. "The most interesting food in America right now is coming from small, personal, and quirky restaurants where real chefs would go to eat on their nights off. They're located in funky areas, and the owners have often thrown out typical business plans," Knowlton says of the list. Also: the celebrity chef thing is apparently over.
Topping out the ten is State Bird Provisions, the casual San Francisco restaurant from Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski. Also included is Little Serow, in DC, which serves family-style Thai dinners. And even the more ambitious or elaborate restaurants fall into Knowlton's "funky" classification: you've got places like Blanca, the intimate restaurant in Brooklyn where Roberta's chef Carlo Mirarchi serves only extended tasting menus and has a vinyl player for all diners to use, as well as the Catbird Seat, in Nashville, which executes a similar format.
Here is the full list:
The Hot Ten List 2012:
1. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, CA
2. Blanca, Brooklyn, NY
3. Battersby, Brooklyn, NY
4. Luce Portland, OR
5. The Catbird Seat, Nashville, TN
6. The Bachelor Farmer & Marvel Bar, Minneapolis, MN
7. Little Serow, Washington, D.C.
8. Oxheart, Houston, TX
9. Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles, CA
10. Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA
Knowlton's fifty selections are all included in the September issue of the magazine and span 44 pages. This is also the first time the publication has been published with an all-type cover. Said editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport of the decision, "A year after we put Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover, we're again ignoring the unwritten rule that says a cooking magazine has to lead with an image of food."