50 Best New U.S. Restaurants By Travel+Leisure

Urbanbelly, Chicago (image by Cheeky Chicago)

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 décor, 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 Café
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 Café
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 José Andrés
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?

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Comment by pei on April 16, 2009 at 8:18am
Yeah, baby.... there's 4 in Chi town! I'm gonna try them out!
Comment by Kara on April 15, 2009 at 4:10pm
Dang- only one in LA?!?!?

Will- I'll go with you to the Bazaar! I've been there- suuuper good.
Comment by Will on April 15, 2009 at 12:26pm
Nope. Haven't been to any of these, but have been meaning to go to the Bazaar. Who's coming with me?
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