Ashley Hylbert
Nashville, TN
Acme Feed & Seed
Kristin Teig
Cambridge, MA
Alden & Harlow
Nathan Rawlinson
New York, NY
Aubrey Pick
San Francisco, CA
The Commissary
Faith & Flower
Los Angeles, CA
Faith & Flower
Daniel Krieger
New York, NY
Michael Goelzer
Milwaukee, WI
Sonia Prickett
Minneapolis, MN
Juniper & Ivy
CeCe Canton
San Diego, CA
Juniper & Ivy
Stuart Mullenberg
Portland, OR
Kevin Marple Photography
Dallas, TX
George Apostolidis
Miami, FL
La Mar
Grant Condon
San Francisco, CA
Lazy Bear
Andrea Coan
Seattle, WA
Jody Horton
Austin, TX
Odd Duck
Jordan Clark
Chicago, IL
Marissa Bialecki
Washington, DC
The Partisan
Sara Essex Bradley
New Orleans, LA
Square Root
BurkleHagen Photography
Cleveland, OH
Virtu Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ
Jennifer Olson
Denver, CO
Work & Class
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1. Alden & Harlow 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Alden & Harlow, located in Harvard Square, is serving inventive American cuisine from a constantly changing menu. Aside from unique small plates like chicken-fried rabbit and pickled corn pancakes, the kitchen makes an understated but decadent burger, simply dressed with shredded lettuce, a secret sauce, and a crisp frico. The semi-secret burger is available in limited quantities, so don't be surprised to see people lining up at 5pm for it.

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2. Acme Feed & Seed 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

If you're wandering Lower Broad and have a hankering for poultry, try Acme and their Hot Chicken Sandwich with green peppercorn aioli, American cheese, and pickles, served true American-style between two slabs of white bread. Chicken's certainly not your only option, though; The menu here is divided by meat, so just take your pick of chicken, beef, pork, fish or vegetarian and you're sure to find a modern spin on a classic American dish. Pair it with an affordable cocktail or a domestic draft from their impressive list.

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3. All’onda 22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Located right near the heart of Union Square is All'onda, a Japanese and Venetian hybrid restaurant housed in a rustic duplex building. The first floor has a spacious bar (complete with sake) where you can drink or dine without having made a reservation, and the second floor is dimly-lit with cozy booths and wooden rafters. The menu is limited, but the smoked uni bucatini is a must-try.

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4. The Commissary 101 Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94129

This former Montgomery St barracks mess hall in the Presidio is brought to you by award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins, and features Spanish-influenced California cuisine.

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5. Faith & Flower 705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

A beautiful Downtown restaurant -- from a Michelin-award winning chef and the guys who founded the Pebble Beach Food & Wine fest -- Faith and Flower serves up a menu of seasonal dishes, classic staples, and a raw bar. The aphrodisiac seafood, vintage touches, and romantic décor, including hand mirrors and candles throughout the eating area, establish this as a prime date night spot.

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6. Gato 324 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012

Brought to you by Chef Bobby Flay, Gato is located in a 100yr-old building and it serves fine Mediterranean fare in a casual and enjoyable environment.

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7. Goodkind 2457 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Goodkind has all the warmth and friendliness of your neighborhood bar and grill -- but also lots of stuff that place doesn't have. This Bay View farm-to-table restaurant and bar specializes in rotisserie meats, local produce, and house-made cocktails. You'll find as many seasonal ingredients on your plate as you will in your glass, and the full kitchen menu is served until 1am to ensure that the space maintains as much of a bar status as it does of a restaurant one.

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8. Heyday 2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

When it comes to affordable yet elegant cuisine, Heyday is your spot. It's easily one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, if not the country. Head to this rustic-chic space (it sports exposed brick and a gorgeous wooden-beamed ceiling) for favorites like the chicken liver tart, chilled blue mussels, and grilled quail, which all help to create a downright exquisite menu. Be sure to leave room for at least one of the inventive desserts including pea shell sorbet, and wash it all down with a creative cocktail like the Don't Think Twice with pisco, aperol, grapefruit, and elderflower.

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9. Juniper & Ivy Restaurant 2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Top Chef: All Stars winner Richard Blais is behind Juniper & Ivy, a Little Italy restaurant that's making moves to put the San Diego dining scene on the same level as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The refined menu is nothing if not creative, and dishes like lobster congee with beef sausage, wagyu short rib with Gruyere-rye bread pudding, and vindaloo-rubbed filet carpaccio prove that Blais' cooking inspiration isn't limited to one cuisine. That said, one of the best things on the menu is also the simplest: the buttermilk drop biscuit with smoked butter.

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10. Kachka 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

This Russian eatery is brought to you by the team behind Oven & Shaker. Lots of knickknacks litter the area while lace curtains allow just enough natural light in to not feel dark. The menu has plenty of hearty fare, and of course, vodka.

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11. Knife Modern Steak 5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

From James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar, Knife Modern Steakhouse is a sleek, elegant update on the classic steakhouse. Dedicated to using only the highest-quality ingredients with local Texas roots, Knife sources its meat from the nearby 44 Farms in Carmen, Texas. Classic cuts like a bone-in rib eye or filet mignon are what you can expect to see on the restaurant's "Old School" menu, and more adventurous selections, like Waygu, Akaushi and Tri-Tip steaks, wood-fired over an open flame, are decidedly "New School."

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12. La Mar by Gaston Acurio 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

Peruvian culinary maestro Gaston Acurio is mixing Andean and Asian flavors into a bold menu that highlights his home country at this chic restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental. The menu includes made-to-order ceviche; tiraditos, or Peruvian-style sashimi; and causas, a traditional dish of potatoes whipped with seafood, avocado, tobiko, tomato, and egg. The drink selection is equally quintessential Peru, offering various takes on the pisco sour.

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13. Lazy Bear 3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Lazy Bear, which began as a pop-up dinner party, is a whole new kind of dining experience. Though its since gone brick-and-mortar (and earned a Michelin star), the Mission restaurant still feels like an intimate party. Tickets must be bought in advance for one of two, 40-person seatings a night. The communal seating means it's a great place to mingle with strangers, but it's not a bad place to impress an epicurean date either. They've also got a mixed drink pairing that blends cocktails, wine, and beer.

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14. Loulay Kitchen & Bar 600 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

At Loulay, Chef Thierry Rautureau reinvents the French food he grew up on, bringing an unexpected twist to familiar classics. There's the beef burger with aioli and bacon-shallot jam, which you can and should add a duck egg or foie gras to, and hot chocolate with toasted brioche and salted butter, based off a recipe passed down from his grandparents. The name of the chic three-level restaurant pays homage to Rautureau's childhood, too, specifically his hometown in France: Saint Hilaire de Loulay.

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15. Odd Duck 1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Communal seating, an expansive patio, and an open kitchen (the view is best from the bar) abet in the casual atmosphere at Odd Duck -- a second concept from the team behind Barley Swine -- on South Lamar Boulevard. Antithetical to its atmosphere, Odd Duck's menu features upscale, intricate dishes inspired by the daily pick at the local farmer's market, and thus the menu shifts with the Texan seasons. Odd Duck features craft cocktails, craft beer, and wine to pair with its flavor- and ingredient-forward dishes. If you happen upon the pimento cheeseburger, get it.

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16. Parachute 3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

From Chefs Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim, Parachute takes a soulful American approach to Korean cuisine. The husband-and-wife team cranks out innovative dishes like boudin noir with kohlrabi, apples, and seedy salad; dolsot bibimbap whose ever-changing toppings range from tuna and n’duja to short rib and foie gras; and salt & pepper ribs with a yuzu-chili pepper glaze. The family-style Avondale restaurant is drawing diners en masse, and the 40-seat dining room has a lofty list of reservation hopefuls vying for a table in the intimate space. Start with an order (probably two though, to be safe) of the addictive baked potato bing bread, made with bacon, scallions, and sour cream butter.

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17. The Partisan 709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

With 30+ charcuterie options, medium plates like sausages and corned beef belly, and feasts like a whole roasted pig's head, The Partisan will cater to your meat cravings, no matter your appetite.

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18. Trentina 1903 Ford Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Chef Jonathan Sawyer's Trentina is a small (35 seat) restaurant offering up Northern Italian fare, including the 12-course Menu Bianco tasting menu.

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19. Virtù 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

One of our favorite restaurant openings in America, this Scottsdale spot serves creative Mediterranean fare in a teensy 25-seat restaurant.

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20. Work & Class 2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Work & Class keeps it simple: a choose-a-meat-and-side menu with delicious options like Stout-Braised Short Ribs and two types of Rotisserie Chicken, a respectably large beer, wine, and spirits menu, and a no-nonsense attitude all make this spot an easy pick for an after-work hangout.