Bon Appétit Hot 10

[trip style = food & wine] 

It's the third week of August and that means one thing for gourmet globetrotters: the release of Bon Appétit's Hot 10 list of the best new restaurants in America. This annual list is our go-to source for first-rate restaurants from casual luncheonettes to approachable fine dining. When we're looking for a great restaurant in a city we're visiting, we always reference the Hot 10 list, as well as the magazine's list of top 50 nominees from the past few years.

One of my most memorable dining experiences—and my number-one recommended restaurant in San Francisco—was in Bon Appétit's best new restaurant of 2012, State Bird Provisions. At this gorgeous hotspot in the Western Addition, food is served dim sum style off carts rolled past your table by friendly servers. With unique dishes and a great wine list, this restaurant is way more than a gimmick and definitely worth the inevitable line-up!

As a Trip Styler team we've dined at several other hot 10 restaurants: Luce, Ava Gene's and Måurice in Portland, Westward and The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle, Grand Central Market Los Angeles and Rolf & Daughters in Nashville. All Trip Styler approved!

Trip Styler Tip: If you can't make it to San Francisco, Seattle, Indianapolis, Austin, Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Davidson, NC this year, bring these award-winning restaurant meals to your kitchen with these recipes.

What better reason to explore a new or favorite city for a weekend getaway than a few outstanding meals? Is San Francisco calling? Or is it North Carolina? I can't wait to sink my teeth into Austin. Check out this year's Hot 10.

#1 -  AL's Place  / San Francisco

#1 - AL's Place / San Francisco

#2 -  Gjusta  / Los Angeles

#2 - Gjusta / Los Angeles

#3 -  Petit Trois  / Los Angeles

#3 - Petit Trois / Los Angeles

#4 -  Semilla  / Brooklyn

#4 - Semilla / Brooklyn

#5 -  Parachute  / Chicago

#5 - Parachute / Chicago

#6 -  Dai Due  / Austin

#6 - Dai Due / Austin

#7 -  Kindred  / Davidson, NC

#7 - Kindred / Davidson, NC

#8 -  Rintaro  / San Francisco

#8 - Rintaro / San Francisco

#9 -  Manolin  / Seattle

#9 - Manolin / Seattle

#10 -  Milktooth  / Indianapolis

#10 - Milktooth / Indianapolis

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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[top image and photo collages by @heatherlovesit, all other images via bon appétit]