This morning, Food & Wine magazine announced another arbitrary listicle: a new list of restaurants of the year. It's the first time the magazine has put out this type of list, which it will print in its upcoming July issue. Historically, Food & Wine has focused more on chefs than specific restaurants. According to a release, "Each of the five winners stands out for its energy, originality and style as well as for its food. Taken together, they represent some of the most compelling restaurant trends today." F&W's editor in chief Dana Cowin noted: "I love how diverse and trendsetting these places are—and how fun."
Considering geographical range and menu diversity, here is the full list, including notes from Food & Wine's editorial staff:
· Cosme, New York City - This is superstar Enrique Olvera's first venture outside Mexico City. He takes tortillas to the next level with meticulously sourced corn kernels in shades of yellow, pink and black.
· Petit Trois, Los Angeles - Ludo Lefebvre pays tribute to the French classics with dishes like a melty Boursin-stuffed omelet.
· Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis - Gavin Kaysen serves a stellar modern American menu, but he can cook anything. On Saturday nights he makes pork-confit ramen for 15 lucky diners at the bar.
· The Grey, Savannah, Georgia - Bronx-born Mashama Bailey creates distinctive Southern dishes in a gorgeously renovated 1938 Greyhound bus station.
· The Progress, San Francisco - Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski are so committed to the concept of sharing, they put a lazy Susan on their best table. At $65 for six courses (plus snacks), dinner is a bargain.