Proving that listmania will never leave us and that 2011 is apparently over, for which we are quite grateful, the upcoming issue of Bon Appétit includes Andrew Knowlton's picks for the top 10 new American restaurants of 2011. New York and San Francisco? Of course. Also Chicago, Austin and Robbinsdale, Minnesota, where it will probably now be difficult to find a table.
And yes, there is one restaurant from L.A. that made the cut. No, it's not Cut, but a restaurant Knowlton describes as “What Wolfgang Puck's Spago was to the 1980s (hip hangout with an A-list crowd and great food).” Come on, guess. That's why we do this kind of thing.
No. 10: Bondir, Cambridge, MA.
No. 9: Congress, Austin, TX.
No. 8: M. Wells, Long Island City, NY.
No. 7: Son of a Gun, Los Angeles, CA.
No. 6: Talula's Garden, Philadelphia, PA.
No. 5: Ruxbin, Chicago, IL.
No. 4: Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Robbinsdale, MN.
No. 3: The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle, WA.
No. 2: Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco, CA.
No. 1: Husk, Charleston, SC.