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Prime 13
The 13 Best Restaurants in the
Country That Opened in 2017
Prime 13
The 13 Best Restaurants in the
Country That Opened in 2017
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s a food editor, I am frequently asked, “What is your favorite restaurant?” It’s a difficult question to answer, one that frequently changes given the number of impressive new restaurants cropping up across the country. I may never be able to pick an all-time favorite, but I hopped on a plane (or, well, several planes) to answer, “What are your favorite restaurants that have opened since January 1 of this year?”

I ate well beyond 100 meals -- sometimes three in one night -- over the span of a few months to see what’s out there. Along the way I found some of the best milkshakes ever made in Philadelphia, life-changing cacio e pepe in Los Angeles, and a bowl of fried rice I didn't know my life was missing in Kansas City. I also ate playful versions of South Indian favorites in Portland, more hearty plates of Hungarian comfort food than I could ever have imagined in San Francisco, and met not one, but two chefs changing the perception of Mexican food in America.

I couldn’t pick just one new restaurant to name as my favorite, but I could nail down 13 -- the Prime 13 -- that I believe represent the best of what American restaurant culture has to offer in 2017.
Map PinNew York, New York
Atla
The Mexican café you'll want to eat at every day
Healthy-ish food without one taco or burrito in sight.
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Map PinAustin, Texas
Bonhomie
Chef Philip Speer's potato-packed return
A French-American Diner or an American-French Bistro? It doesn't matter -- Bonhomie is simply delicious. 
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Map PinWashington, D.C.
Colada Shop
A Cuban restaurant that imagines food before the revolution
The perfect place for anyone who likes sandwiches, coffee, and things fried golden brown. 
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Map PinKansas City, Missouri
Corvino
Kansas City's most ambitious restaurant
Tasting menu: check. Live music: check. Late night burgers: check. What can't Corvino do?
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Map PinSan Francisco, California
Duna
Budapest on the Bay
Making Hungarian peasant food work in the most expensive city in America.
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Map PinLos Angeles, California
Felix Trattoria
America's best pasta restaurant right now
Go for the life-changing cacio e pepe, stay for the ethereal focaccia. 
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Map PinAtlanta, Georgia
Food Terminal
The Disneyland of noodles
A hefty menu of Malaysian specialties awaits.
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Map PinPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Goldie
A tiny storefront turning out killer (vegan) milkshakes and falafel
Vegan, schmegan. Goldie is the real deal. 
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Map PinSeattle, Washington
JuneBaby
Southern cooking with history
Chef Edouardo Jordan's necessary, encyclopedic perspective on Southern food. 
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Map PinChicago, Illinois
Kitsune
Japanese food meets Midwestern ingredients
Just don't call it fusion. 
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Map PinPortland, Oregon
Tiffin Asha
Portland's love letter to South Indian food
An underrated cuisine gets the attention it deserves. 
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Map PinLos Angeles, California
Mh Zh
An Israeli spot breaking all the rules
The menu is written on brown paper bags. Order one of everything. 
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Map PinChicago, Illinois
Mi Tocaya Antojeria
Redefining Mexican food, one small plate at a time
Chef Diana Davila's unapologetic cooking is a tour of Mexico.
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