Just weeks after Eater released its picks for the best new spots of 2016, Bon Appetit has done the same, revealing its annual Hot 10, a list it says was culled from meals eaten across more than 5,700 miles and 40 U.S. cities this year. Here, in rank order, are the restaurants it deemed don’t-miss.
9. Buxton Hall; Asheville, N.C.
James Beard-nominated chefs Elliott Moss and Meherwan Irani teamed up to open this barbecue joint, which boasts a focus on local ingredients and whole-hog cooking. The concept also made headlines earlier this week when it was visited by vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine.
6. South Philly Barbacoa; Philadelphia
As its name implies, barbacoa is the star of the show at this eatery, which got its start as a food truck. Though barbacoa is offered just three days a week, Bon Appetit notes, a variety of tortas tide diners over during the days between.
1. Staplehouse, Atlanta
Though its food is high-brow, this concept—a James Beard Award finalist—has a cozy, casual appeal, Bon Appetit notes; rather than enter through the front door, guests walk up the driveway and through a garage door, like they’re “visiting an old friend.” It’s also part charity, funneling profits to The Giving Kitchen, which aids industry workers in need.