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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Progress, Lazy Bear, Aatxe Included on Bon Appétit's 50 Best New Restaurants

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Although we are personally stunned that the San Francisco County Jail’s kitchen wizardry was not named and Sinbad’s isn’t getting some kind of Lifetime Achievement/Sheer Chutzpah Award, Bon Appétit has named the 50 nominees for its Best New Restaurants and this city did pretty okay, with six.

It’s funny to glance at the full list, because the first two in alphabetical order (Aatxe, AL’s Place) are both right here, two miles apart. Lazy Bear, Liholiho Yacht Club, the Progress, and possible-sleeper Izakaya Rintaro round out the Bay Area’s contenders.

Editors Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer went everywhere “seeking out the truly original, innovative, and unexpected cooking taking place right now.” If there’s a first-glance criticism of the list, it’s weighted very heavily towards large cities over college towns or upscale, resort-y spots where foodie culture is rampant. For the joy of chauvinism, only New York had as many nominees as S.F. (although Bon Appétit categorized five as “New York” and one as “Brooklyn”). L.A. has four; Minneapolis, Chicago, and Seattle three each.

The winners of the Hot 10 will be announced Aug. 18. 

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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