I love food. I love to cook. I love to bake. I love to eat. I love the socialization and camaraderie associated with food consumption - at home, at others' homes, at restaurants. Having spent the majority of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, I feel like I've had an opportunity to enjoy some of the best food in the world (some may argue, but that's my opinion!).
It's fun to learn what the critics have to say; so, here goes, from Bon Appétit Magazine
From "Bon Appétit Foodcast" - August 16, 2017 - Episode 125
The top ten in BA's extensive survey:
10. Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh, North Carolina
Maker-inspired hub for craft beer, dim sum, books & flowers in a stylish space.
9. Nixta, St. Louis, Missouri
Hip spot for upscale, inventive Mexican dishes & creative cocktails served late-night.
8. Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, Austin, Texas
Casual izakaya & bar serving meat-centric shareable plates with Japanese and Texan influences.
7. Spring, Marietta, Georgia (suburb of Atlanta)
Rustic-chic New American kitchen using seasonal Southern ingredients on its farm-to-table menu.
6. Giant, Chicago, Illinois
Seasonal New American plates & craft cocktails are served in a funky storefront with local art.
5. Hart's, Brooklyn, New York
A changing menu of Mediterranean cuisine & drinks served in a cozy setting with an open kitchen.
4. Palizzi Social Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private social club with cocktails & a menu of Italian-American classics in vintage surrounds.
[Gain membership by knocking on the door before they open and paying a $20 membership fee - good
3. Mr. Jiu's, San Francisco Chinatown, California
High-end Chinese cuisine with a California accent in a restored historic space with high style.
2. Elske, Chicago, Illinois
Low-key spot offering à la carte & tasting menus of creative American fare with Danish influences.
1. Turkey & the Wolf,, New Orleans, Louisiana
A playful option for inventive sandwiches & cocktails served in a quirky, colorful space.
Bon Appétit named Chicago as their favorite restaurant city for 2017.
BA's Best Restaurants of 2017
If you get a chance to try one, or more, out, let me know what you think.
Bon Appétit! Bien Provecho! Guten Appetit! Buon Appetito! Enjoy Your Meal!