By Anastacia Uriegas
There were definite standouts in Austin’s crop of new restaurants in 2018, and the common threads seem to be sincerity and vision -- what’s more honest than a warm biscuit, or a meticulous commitment to masa?
By Meaghan Agnew
Boston surprised with variety this year: Asian-Latin American-Turkish cuisine in the Back Bay, Mediterranean on the banks of Boston Harbor, and southern comfort in the South End. Dig in.
By Sydney Gallimore
Charleston’s culinary reputation was solidified even further with the batch of openings we saw in 2018. From cozy Italian joints to Lowcountry classics, there’s never been a better time to go out for dinner (or lunch, or breakfast) in the Queen City.
By Kailley Lindman
New Chicago spots proved tasty as ever this year thanks to an omakase explosion and franken-cuisines like Korean-meets-Italian and Filipino-meets-Cuban, to West Coast influences and soul-warming, hearth-focused fare.
By Beth Phillips Synk
With the crop of restaurant openings Cleveland received in 2018, enthusiastic foodies can bop all over town to sample new and diverse offerings, from an unexpectedly delicious lunch on a hospital campus to a pricey surf & turf dinner.
By Amanda Cobra
This may still be Texas, but steakhouses didn't own the Dallas scene this year. Instead, we enjoyed more diverse offerings, including surf & turf, tons of Asian cuisines, and vegan tacos.
By Molly Martin
Keeping up with the culinary scene is a nearly impossible task as new restaurants flood in seemingly as fast as new residents. So allow us to help. Here are the best new places of 2018.
By Dorothy Hernandez
2018 was another delicious year in restaurant openings for Detroiters, with some chefs making triumphant returns to the culinary scene and others expanding upon their already successful brands or striking out on their own.
By Wendy Awai-Dakroub
Honolulu restaurants from Kaimuki and Waikiki took center stage this year, and their offerings include tea pairings, tuna pizza, trendy tacos, and even water cake.
By Sam Stall
Indy's leading culinary lights stretched their skills by opening new restaurants and serving innovative cuisines: everything from nouveau sushi to fried chicken and soul food.
By Jeff Miller
The past year was important for LA’s restaurant scene; we were at the center of global culinary interest and saw a wave of intriguing new restaurants open up, with some of them riding out beyond their hype to claim 2018 supremacy.
By Stacey Greenberg
There's never been a better time to check out our restaurant scene. From fine dining and soul food to the diner of your dreams, Memphis is making it happen in big ways.
By Thrillist Staff
Not one but two Michelin-starred spots from the Northeast opened up in South Florida, as well as a slew of fantastic new taco restaurants and Italian joints you'll need to try ASAP.
By Lacey Muszynski
"Comforting" and "cozy" were Milwaukee’s main restaurant buzzwords in 2018, and from reimagined diner fare to open-hearth homestyle cooking, each one of our favorite spots that opened since January is comforting in its own way.
By Jenna Bennett
Welcome to the Twin Cities, where the restaurants are as varied as the neighborhoods they serve -- from street tacos in a super-hip former factory to modern Vietnamese at an old strip club.
By Chris Chamberlain
Nashville's become a dining destination, not just for tourists, but also for restaurateurs. Half of this list of spots that opened in 2018 are outposts of restaurants from other cities. We welcome them.
By Eliza Dumais
NYC’s restaurant scene is unparalleled. We have so many classics, opening a new place is an act of bravery. Most restaurants have an easier time getting started than they do getting noticed. This is everywhere we took notice of this year.
By Marielle Mondon
Many of Philly’s 2018 openings stood on the shoulders of established local giants, but the best new restaurants in town took a variety of concepts in different directions, whether as a formal tasting menu experience that's also BYOB, or a fast-casual chicken joint that's delicious in its simplicity.
By Lauren Reichert
This year's Phoenix restaurants represent a mix of a little bit of everything -- or in this case, a little bit of everywhere. Cuisines from around the country, and across the world, can all be found right here.
By Emily Catalano
From a taco spot with quick counter service to an accessible-yet-refined French bistro, all the new restaurants that caught our eye in Pittsburgh this year have one thing in common: a totally genuine point of view.
By Alex Frane
Continuing the trend of the past few years, 2018 saw a plethora of restaurant openings. But more so, it saw an increase in diversity. And we couldn't be more excited about that.
By Georgina Buckley
San Antonio saw a handful of 2018 restaurant openings that immediately leapt to the front of the "eating here three nights in a row" pack, nailing dishes ranging from brisket bánh mì to creamy, spreadable burrata.
By Jackie Bryant
Many of San Diego’s best restaurant openings this year were higher-end “fast-casual” concepts, but a few “sit-down-and-eat-like-an-adult” spots managed to slip in, as well -- here’s every spot you need to hit in 2019.
By Daisy Barringer
San Francisco has firmly ensconced itself as one of, if not the best, food cities in the US. And we'll back that up with these seven spots that should be on everyone's list to hit in 2019.
By Naomi Tomky
From homemade tortillas to house-made pasta, this was the year of making things... better. Food trucks leapt into brick-and-mortar spaces, cooking schools became food counters, and a couple of great little restaurants found bigger and better homes.
By Lani Furbank
No matter what crazy thing dominated DC's news cycle, new restaurants gave us hope. The highlights serve up underrepresented cuisines from diverse chefs, delicious vegan food, amazing bagels, and a lot more.