Travel + Leisure recently put out its list of the top fifty best new U.S. restaurants. What's great about this list is that T+L thought about our current economic state and so put together a list that's more suited for real people than the Hollywood elite. Here's T+L's take: “At a time of economic difficulty and changing consumer tastes for both food and dcor, we crisscrossed the country in search of outstanding new restaurants with a very different mind-set.” “We gravitated toward spots that offered us warmth and a sense of human connection, and greeted the opening of a neighborhood noodle parlor or artisanal sandwich shop with an enthusiasm formerly reserved for high-concept eating destinations.” You can flip through their slideshow (it's quite painful) or you can check out this list below. (I added in all the links.) 1. Chicago: L20 2. Chicago: Urbanbelly 3. Chicago: Perennial 4. Chicago: The Publican 5. New York City: Corton 6. New York City: Soto (Yelp) 7. New York City: Convivio 8. New York City: Scarpetta 9. New York City: Co. 10. New York City: Txikito 11. New York City: Gottino (Yelp) 12. New York City: Terroir 13. New York City: Dovetail 14. San Francisco: Moss Room 15. San Francisco: Academy Caf 16. San Francisco: La Mar 17. San Francisco: Spruce 18. San Francisco: Brenda's French Soul Food 19. San Francisco: Sentinel 20. San Francisco: Blue Bottle Caf 21. San Francisco: Dynamo Donuts and Coffee 22. Houston: Feast 23. Houston: Textile 24. Houston: Reef 25. Houston: Voice 26. Seattle: Quinn's 27. Seattle: Pike Street Fish Fry 28. Seattle: Spring Hill 29. Seattle: Joule 30. Seattle: How to Cook a Wolf 31. Seattle: Poppy 32. Seattle: Corson Building 33. Atlanta: Holeman and Finch Public House 34. Atlantic City, New Jersey: Izakaya at the Borgata 35. Boston: Sportello 36. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Hungry Mother 37. Dallas: Tei/An (Yelp) 38. Glendale, California: Palate Food + Wine 39. Las Vegas: Raku (Yelp) 40. Los Angeles: The Bazaar by Jos Andrs 41. Miami: Scarpetta 42. Minneapolis: Heidi's Minneapolis 43. Napa Valley: Ubuntu 44. New Orleans: Cochon Butcher 45. Oakland: Camino 46. Peoria Heights, Illinois: June 47. Philadelphia: Zahav 48. Portland, Oregon: Beast 49. Raleigh, North Carolina: The Pit 50. Washington, D.C.: Founding Farmers It's interesting to see Urbanbelly in Chicago on the list. Korean food is getting some love these days…isn't it? By the way, it's not in order, just put together by city and market size, it seems. Have you tried any of these restaurants? Travel+Leisure website
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