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The Fall Restaurant Openings I’m Excited About

From the Editor: Everything you missed in food news last week

Guard and Grace’s dining room
Rendering of Guard and Grace in Houston
Guard and Grace [Official Photo]

This post originally appeared on September 7, 2019, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

It may not technically be fall for a few more weeks, but the spirit of the season is already here. I spotted Halloween candy in Walgreens this week, saw the school crossing guard this morning, wore a light jacket last night, and have been scrolling past a seemingly infinite stream of first-day-of-school photos on Instagram. Most importantly, I’ve been devouring our fall preview package highlighting the books, TV shows, and restaurants we can look forward to this season. I encourage you to dive in, but will call out a few favorites:

Restaurants: In New York, I’m most anxious to check out Rangoon, a Burmese spot in Crown Heights; Silver Apricot, a Chinese-American restaurant from the owner of sweet little noodle restaurant Little Tong; and First Sunday, an experimental vegan restaurant that will combine art, music, food, and drink from one of this year’s Eater Young Guns, Francesca Chaney.

I most often travel to Los Angeles, where I’m looking forward to the Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) and Gabriela Cámara (Contramar) collab called Onda. I’ll also need to beeline to the French restaurant from Margarita and Walter Manzke (Republique), as they are so reliably excellent at what they do.

I’m also in D.C. a lot these days, so I’m going to have to try Pom Pom, the rebranded version of lauded Himitsu, and Erik Bruner-Yang’s ‘80s- and ‘90s-themed all-day cafe, ABC Pony.

Otherwise I may just have to rearrange my travel to make sure I get to Guard and Grace in Houston, not for the food but to just luxuriate in this Brutalist space with blue-velvet cushions and a knockoff of the chandelier at the Four Seasons/the Grill; the revamped Tosca in SF; and the myriad tropical bars opening in Portland.

Books: I don’t buy a lot of cookbooks, but I am going to have to get my hands on Alison Roman’s sophomore effort and Questlove’s new book version of his celeb-packed food salons.

An egg white Egg Bite is highlighted in front of stars and starbursts.
The unattractive but allegedly good Starbucks’ egg bite

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This week on Eater’s Digest, I spoke to Eater’s Hillary Dixler Canavan, Greg Morabito, and Ellie Krupnick to discuss what this fall has in store for new restaurants, cookbooks, and TV shows.

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