Young and Hungry

A Break Down of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants

I know that others have previously mentioned Travel + Leisure's list of the 50 best new restaurants in America, but I finally got a chance to review the magazine's related slideshow. I dutifully clicked on one slide after another after another, trying to discover which cities outperformed D.C. for these 50 coveted spots. Our metro area earned exactly one nod, for Founding Farmers.

Here's the city-by-city breakdown of the other 49 spots:

  • Chicago: Four restaurants
  • New York City: Nine
  • San Francisco: Eight
  • Houston: Four
  • Seattle: Seven

  • Atlanta: One
  • Atlantic City, N.J.: One
  • Boston: One
  • Cambridge, Mass.: One
  • Dallas: One
  • Glendale, Calif.: One
  • Las Vegas: One
  • Los Angeles: One (Gee, guess which one?)
  • Miami: One
  • Minneapolis: One
  • Napa Valley: One
  • New Orleans: One
  • Oakland: One
  • Peoria Heights, Ill.: One
  • Philadelphia: One
  • Portland, Ore.: One
  • Raleigh, N.C.: One

Now, I'm still quite puzzled by the metro area's performance on this survey. Regardless of what you think about Founding Farmers — and Tom Sietsema doesn't think much — you have to wonder how T+L's editors overlooked far superior newbies in the area.

How, for instance, did Inox not make the list? Or Eventide? Or even Ray's Hell Burger, for chrissakes. That has to be one of the most celebrated burger joints in America.

Hey, Travel + Leisure, pick up a phone and call me next time. I'll be happy to point you in better directions.

  • Elizabeth

    My DC pride is hurt at the idea that Houston - HOUSTON! - has a more notable dining scene than DC. I thumb my nose at this.

  • Tim Carman

    Now hold on, EB! I lived in H-town for a good number of years. That place is a hugely underrated restaurant town. Its status here does not surprise me at all.