Food & Wine has released its annual Restaurants of the Year, a thought-provoking list of 10 of the country’s most exciting places to eat and drink. An undertaking helmed by Food & Wine restaurant editor, Jordana Rothman, the 2018 list recounts gustatory journeys across the nation that are as moving as they are drool-inducing.

This year’s picks cross cultures, backgrounds, and cuisines, with recognized restaurants and individuals spanning a Florida-born chef with Georgian roots serving Southern food in Seattle, to Texas-raised chefs of Japanese descent who describe their Austin izakaya as “John Wayne on acid.”

These are Food & Wine’s Restaurants of the Year 2018

  1. Maydan, Washington, D.C.
  2. Better Luck Tomorrow, Houston, Texas
  3. Fairfax, New York, N.Y.
  4. Reems, Oakland, Calif.
  5. Superior Motors, Braddock, Penn.
  6. The Grand Cafe, Minneapolis, Minn.
  7. Voyager, Ferndale, Mich.
  8. Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Austin, Texas
  9. Junebaby, Seattle, Wash.
  10. LASA, Los Angeles, Calif.

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