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The 2017 Eater Young Guns Winners, Mapped

Where to find collard-green melts, fried plantain sandwiches, and empanadas made in a pizza oven

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This year’s class of Young Guns is an extremely talented bunch of chefs, bar managers, and front-of-house directors — along with a pitmaster and a tea evangelist. These future stars and leaders are inspiring their coworkers and customers, while making strides in the industry.

Read more about this year’s winners and find their places of work — from restaurants in Honolulu to Brooklyn — mapped below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Senia

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75 N King St
Honolulu, HI
(808) 200-5412
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In Honolulu, Senia’s pastry chef Mimi Mendoza is best known for her Meyer lemon chiffon cake, but she’s also proud of her sticky toffee banana cake. Sticky toffee pudding is not commonly found in Hawaii, and by adding the banana cake element — which is common in Hawaii — she was able to make something new, different, but also accessible. Meet Mimi.

Yuzu chiffon cake topped with yuzu curd, lilikoi pate de fruit, and white chocolate pearls.
Steve Czerniak

2. Junebaby

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2122 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA
(206) 257-4470
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Suzi An is actually the creative director of two restaurants in Seattle — Salare and Junebaby. Junebaby, which opened in May of this year, is “unbashedly Southern,’ serving dishes like pimento cheese and fried catfish. For the restaurant, An researched wrote wrote an encyclopedia of the “terms, dishes, and places that play a role in the cuisine.” Get to know Suzi.

3. Harvard & Stone

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5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 466-6063
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Former Young Gun and beverage director of The Aviary Micah Melton says he’s impressed with drinks that Aaron Polsky, bar manager of Harvard & Stone, is creating.“It's very, very rare that I see something, a concept — in terms of drinks — that I have never thought of,” said Melton. “And that, for me, opened my eyes to Polsky's talent as an individual.” Read Aaron’s profile.

4. LogmehLA

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5125 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Debbie Michail is the co-founder of LogmehLA, a roving open-flame supper club that does whole animal roasts, inspired by her heritage. Be sure to keep your eye on the website for tickets. More on Debbie.

5. Two Bros BBQ Market

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12656 West Ave
San Antonio, TX
(210) 496-0222
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Laura Loomis is the pitmaster at Two Bros BBQ Market in San Antonio. She’s self-taught, and built her barbecue knowledge through Internet searches, online barbecue forums, books, videos, and good ol’ experience. Meet Laura.

Crystal Dady

6. Turkey & the Wolf

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739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 218-7428
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Colleen Quarls is the chef de cuisine at Turkey and the Wolf, where she makes sandwich constructions like a collard-green melt electroshocked with pepper dressing and pickled cherries or a monster meatloaf sandwich dizzying with gravy mayo, pepper jelly. Get to know Colleen.

7. Fritai

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St. Roch Market
New Orleans, LA

Inside the historic St. Roch Market, Charly Pierre and Eva Chereches operate Fritai, a food stall that serves Haitian food. Thier creative approach is one of the things that makes Fritai so successful: They honor both Haitian cuisine and New Orleans cuisine and explore the flavors in a new way for dishes like their signature fritai sandwich, served between two fried plantains. More on Charly and Eva.

Fritai NOLA
Fritai NOLA

8. Hanbun

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665 Pasquinelli Dr
Westmont, IL
(630) 948-3383
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You wouldn’t expect it from the various accolades that Hanbun has received, but the restaurant is actually located in a food court in the suburbs of Chicago. For lunch, expect chef Dave Park’s takes on Korean food staples, like bibimbap, ramyun, bulgogi, and toasted rice cake skewers. He does a reservations-only tasting-menu dinners he terms Juhnyuk, which are already booked out until the middle of next year. Lunch it is. Read Dave’s profile.

Barley rice, gochujang sauce, seasoned vegetables, chicken, and soft egg.
Barry Brecheisen

9. Eli Tea Bar

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108 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI
(866) 567-1988
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Elias Majid has grown his love of tea into one that has 120 looseleaf varieties with plans to expand to a second location in downtown Detroit sometime in the next few years. The shop also serves tea-based lattes, bubble teas, kombucha on tap, and a small menu of food like wraps, salads, and baked goods; it’s his way of introducing the community to what tea can be.  Meet Eli.

Michelle + Chris Gerard

10. Timber Pizza Company

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809 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 258-6832
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At Timber Pizza, Daniela Moreira, executive chef and co-owner, is serving wood-fired “Neopolitan-ish” pizza with ingredients from local farmers markets every morning. She only has a pizza oven to work with, so when she adds things like her now-staple empanadas to the menu, those, too, get the wood-fire treatment. Get to know Daniela.

Farrah Skeiky, Dimsum Media

11. Woodberry Kitchen

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2010 Clipper Park Rd
Baltimore, MD
(410) 464-8000
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At Woodberry Kitchen — one of Eater’s 2015 essential restaurants — the menu’s full of smart dishes with local flavor, like chilled asparagus soup and Buffalo-style soft-shell crab, thanks to chef de cuisine Lou Sumpter. There’s also the staples, like Spike’s crab dip, as well as roasts — a bone-in ribeye, cast-iron chicken, and two types of fish served “out of the oven.” Read Lou’s profile.

Rey Lopez

12. Royal Sushi & Izakaya

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780 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Jesse Ito grew up behind his father’s sushi bar, but at Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Ito is making a name for himself. Now, at his own restaurant, he’s introduced Philadelphia diners to the likes of scorpionfish and Japanese grouper — which later appeared on the menus of other restaurants in the city — and he runs the first high-end omakase in town. More on Jesse.

Hillary Petrozziello

13. Twitter NYC

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249 W 17th St
New York, NY

Amelia Ekus runs the Twitter corporate cafe, working with the chefs in her role as general manager to keep employees engaged with the menu. She’s breaking down “lunch lady” stereotypes and has banned the word cafeteria. The Twitter cafe isn’t open to the public, but find a friend who works there, follow along at @twEATs, or read Amelia’s profile.

Jenny Zhang

14. La Vara

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268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 422-0065
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Kim LeVine is the director of operations for all four of Alex Raij and Eder Montero’s acclaimed Iberian establishments: La Vara, El Quinto Pino, Txikito, and Tekoá. She held a general manager position at La Vara for 17 months before being promoted to this prestigious role. Get to know Kim.

15. Win Son

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159 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 457-6010
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The duo behind Brooklyn’s Win Son serves Taiwanese food through their New American lens, developed to feed their diverse neighborhood at a fair price. Expect dishes like lu rou fan and danzi mian in a fun space. More on Trigg and Josh.

1. Senia

75 N King St, Honolulu, HI
Yuzu chiffon cake topped with yuzu curd, lilikoi pate de fruit, and white chocolate pearls.
Steve Czerniak

In Honolulu, Senia’s pastry chef Mimi Mendoza is best known for her Meyer lemon chiffon cake, but she’s also proud of her sticky toffee banana cake. Sticky toffee pudding is not commonly found in Hawaii, and by adding the banana cake element — which is common in Hawaii — she was able to make something new, different, but also accessible. Meet Mimi.

75 N King St
Honolulu, HI

2. Junebaby

2122 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA

Suzi An is actually the creative director of two restaurants in Seattle — Salare and Junebaby. Junebaby, which opened in May of this year, is “unbashedly Southern,’ serving dishes like pimento cheese and fried catfish. For the restaurant, An researched wrote wrote an encyclopedia of the “terms, dishes, and places that play a role in the cuisine.” Get to know Suzi.

2122 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA

3. Harvard & Stone

5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Former Young Gun and beverage director of The Aviary Micah Melton says he’s impressed with drinks that Aaron Polsky, bar manager of Harvard & Stone, is creating.“It's very, very rare that I see something, a concept — in terms of drinks — that I have never thought of,” said Melton. “And that, for me, opened my eyes to Polsky's talent as an individual.” Read Aaron’s profile.

5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

4. LogmehLA

5125 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Debbie Michail is the co-founder of LogmehLA, a roving open-flame supper club that does whole animal roasts, inspired by her heritage. Be sure to keep your eye on the website for tickets. More on Debbie.

5125 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

5. Two Bros BBQ Market

12656 West Ave, San Antonio, TX
Crystal Dady

Laura Loomis is the pitmaster at Two Bros BBQ Market in San Antonio. She’s self-taught, and built her barbecue knowledge through Internet searches, online barbecue forums, books, videos, and good ol’ experience. Meet Laura.

12656 West Ave
San Antonio, TX

6. Turkey & the Wolf

739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA

Colleen Quarls is the chef de cuisine at Turkey and the Wolf, where she makes sandwich constructions like a collard-green melt electroshocked with pepper dressing and pickled cherries or a monster meatloaf sandwich dizzying with gravy mayo, pepper jelly. Get to know Colleen.

739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA

7. Fritai

St. Roch Market, New Orleans, LA
Fritai NOLA
Fritai NOLA

Inside the historic St. Roch Market, Charly Pierre and Eva Chereches operate Fritai, a food stall that serves Haitian food. Thier creative approach is one of the things that makes Fritai so successful: They honor both Haitian cuisine and New Orleans cuisine and explore the flavors in a new way for dishes like their signature fritai sandwich, served between two fried plantains. More on Charly and Eva.

St. Roch Market
New Orleans, LA

8. Hanbun

665 Pasquinelli Dr, Westmont, IL
Barley rice, gochujang sauce, seasoned vegetables, chicken, and soft egg.
Barry Brecheisen

You wouldn’t expect it from the various accolades that Hanbun has received, but the restaurant is actually located in a food court in the suburbs of Chicago. For lunch, expect chef Dave Park’s takes on Korean food staples, like bibimbap, ramyun, bulgogi, and toasted rice cake skewers. He does a reservations-only tasting-menu dinners he terms Juhnyuk, which are already booked out until the middle of next year. Lunch it is. Read Dave’s profile.

665 Pasquinelli Dr
Westmont, IL

9. Eli Tea Bar

108 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI
Michelle + Chris Gerard

Elias Majid has grown his love of tea into one that has 120 looseleaf varieties with plans to expand to a second location in downtown Detroit sometime in the next few years. The shop also serves tea-based lattes, bubble teas, kombucha on tap, and a small menu of food like wraps, salads, and baked goods; it’s his way of introducing the community to what tea can be.  Meet Eli.

108 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI

10. Timber Pizza Company

809 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C.
Farrah Skeiky, Dimsum Media

At Timber Pizza, Daniela Moreira, executive chef and co-owner, is serving wood-fired “Neopolitan-ish” pizza with ingredients from local farmers markets every morning. She only has a pizza oven to work with, so when she adds things like her now-staple empanadas to the menu, those, too, get the wood-fire treatment. Get to know Daniela.

809 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C.

11. Woodberry Kitchen

2010 Clipper Park Rd, Baltimore, MD
Rey Lopez

At Woodberry Kitchen — one of Eater’s 2015 essential restaurants — the menu’s full of smart dishes with local flavor, like chilled asparagus soup and Buffalo-style soft-shell crab, thanks to chef de cuisine Lou Sumpter. There’s also the staples, like Spike’s crab dip, as well as roasts — a bone-in ribeye, cast-iron chicken, and two types of fish served “out of the oven.” Read Lou’s profile.

2010 Clipper Park Rd
Baltimore, MD

12. Royal Sushi & Izakaya

780 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
Hillary Petrozziello

Jesse Ito grew up behind his father’s sushi bar, but at Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Ito is making a name for himself. Now, at his own restaurant, he’s introduced Philadelphia diners to the likes of scorpionfish and Japanese grouper — which later appeared on the menus of other restaurants in the city — and he runs the first high-end omakase in town. More on Jesse.

780 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

13. Twitter NYC

249 W 17th St, New York, NY
Jenny Zhang

Amelia Ekus runs the Twitter corporate cafe, working with the chefs in her role as general manager to keep employees engaged with the menu. She’s breaking down “lunch lady” stereotypes and has banned the word cafeteria. The Twitter cafe isn’t open to the public, but find a friend who works there, follow along at @twEATs, or read Amelia’s profile.

249 W 17th St
New York, NY

14. La Vara

268 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY

Kim LeVine is the director of operations for all four of Alex Raij and Eder Montero’s acclaimed Iberian establishments: La Vara, El Quinto Pino, Txikito, and Tekoá. She held a general manager position at La Vara for 17 months before being promoted to this prestigious role. Get to know Kim.

268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY

15. Win Son

159 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Read Review |

The duo behind Brooklyn’s Win Son serves Taiwanese food through their New American lens, developed to feed their diverse neighborhood at a fair price. Expect dishes like lu rou fan and danzi mian in a fun space. More on Trigg and Josh.

159 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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