Rich Report Recommends: Top 15 Restaurants In The USA

Rich Report Recommends: Top 15 Restaurants In The USA
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Through the end of the year, here's where you should satisfy your hunger.

It looks like the restaurant opening market will be a little quieter this fall, after a flurry of activity during the summer when many pandemic-delayed restaurants finally opened. In light of the Delta variant, which has put a crimp on the industry's roaring return, the slowdown is understandable. However, there are still a number of new restaurants expected to open before the end of the year as well.

Among the openings we're most excited about this fall are chefs expanding their respective footprints, some returning after a long absence, and some taking on their own venture.

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Tomo, White Center

Having been the head chef at Seattle's legendary Canlis restaurant for six years and winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest along the way, Brady Williams is announcing his departure from the kitchen. It will be a world apart from the scenic locale of his old employer 10 miles away in a gritty part of unincorporated King County called White Center, where Williams will set up shop.

Featuring a tasting menu at dinner for $68 and a la carte menus at lunch on the weekends, the 28-seat restaurant is named after his grandmother Tomoko. In addition to sungold tomato with cherry and verbena, he will also serve spot prawns with hazelnuts and honey, as well as Hokkaido uni pizza.

Bar Volpe, Boston

Following up on her success at the Modenese restaurant Fox & the Knife, the James Beard Award-winning chef Karen Akunowicz will be heading to the southern part of Italy rather than the northern part. In Bar Volpe, she plans to open a restaurant and pasta shop that will serve dishes from Puglia, Naples, Sicily, and more. The casual bar and restaurant will offer a wood-fired seafood dish, a Sardinian paella, handmade pastas, and an Italian cocktail list.

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San Ho Won, San Francisco

San Ho Won, which started as a takeout restaurant during the pandemic, will soon be available as a dine-in restaurant thanks to Corey Lee, who owns Michelin three-star Benu. In addition to being chef de cuisine, Jeong In Hwang will be the restaurant's partner and chef de cuisine. As their restaurant is located in the Mission district of San Antonio, which has Mexican roots, the duo is putting their own spin on traditional Korean dishes and flavors, such as their kimchi jjigae pozole, which is a nod to the restaurant's Mexican roots. Lee's new restaurant is slated to open in October and is expected to serve plenty of charcoal-grilled dishes in its open kitchen. It is expected that the restaurant will open in October.

Canje, Austin

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With Emmer & Rye and Hestia, which won our Restaurant of the Year award in 2020, Tavel Bristol-Joseph and Kevin Fink have been making some series hits in Austin the last few years. At Canje, Bristol-Joseph will explore his roots for the next restaurant in their hospitality group. Canje serves red snapper with pickled okra, cherry tomatoes, red onions, coconut, cilantro, jerk chicken, and handmade roti, all made by the chef who grew up in Guyana before moving to the US after high school.

Alice Waters TBD, Los Angeles

I'm so excited to hear that the grand doyenne of California farm-to-table cuisine is coming to Hollywood. In fact, her first restaurant in Los Angeles will be on the Westside, just by UCLA. It's the chef's first new restaurant in decades, and it's going to be at the Hammer Museum. It's still unclear what exactly the project will be, but it's expected to feature the same ingredients-driven cuisine that has helped Chez Panisse become a beacon of American gastronomy for the past 50 years.

Masalawala, Brooklyn

After Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar decided not to renew their lease on Masalawala, the original restaurant on the Lower East Side closed. A new incarnation of the restaurant will, however, serve dishes from Kolkata, India, as well as a spice market that will carry a range of specialty items and spices. In addition to the duo's recent success at Dhamaka, in which they are serving up one of the most coveted and elusive dishes in New York, the new restaurant follows on their success with Dhamaka.

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Audrey, Nashville

In the last 30 years, Sean Brock has created one of the most influential restaurants in Southern cuisine. He created Husk, which became one of the most influential restaurants in the area. After leaving Husk and McCrady's, he relocated to Nashville in pursuit of a new endeavor. With Audrey, he intends to turn his attention to the Appalachian food of the region. It is expected that the restaurant will open to the public fully in October, after he partners with Chris Kostow to host the latest stop on Meadowood's North American tour later this month.

Mother Wolf, Los Angeles

When Evan Funke opened the limited-run restaurant Fingers Crossed last year in Venice, Felix, he departed from his temple of handmade pasta in Venice and offered Roman-inspired pizza and pasta staples like carbonara and cacio e pepe, all of which are staples of the Eternal City. The chef is returning to Rome for inspiration at Mother Wolf, opening inside the Citizen News building in Hollywood. Funke has not revealed the menu yet, but you can expect pizza, pasta and an Italian wine cellar on the menu.

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Little Saint, Healdsburg

A Michelin three-star restaurant, SingleThread, is now opening a new restaurant in Sonoma, Little Saint, operated by Kyle and Katina Connaughton. The restaurant, Little Saint, will serve meat-free, a la carte menus inside Ken Fulk's designed space. In the same way as SingleThread, they'll be based on produce grown on their own farm and will be inspired by the produce of the region. A 10,000-square-foot building will house a restaurant, café, and wine shop at the Connaughton, as well as hosting events, concerts, film screenings, and community gatherings.

Lodi, New York City

Ignacio Mattos, the Michelin-starred chef behind the beloved Nolita restaurant Estela, is headed up to Midtown to open his new restaurant. Bringing back tourists and office workers to the towers surrounding his new restaurant Lodi is Ignacio Mattos' goal with his Michelin-starred restaurant. This all-day café, bakery, and bar will be located within a stones' throw from where the Today Show films each and every day, with a menu that focuses on the Italian culture of aperitifs.

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Mes Amis, Los Angeles

Lincoln Carson is back, folks. But he didn't leave LA much. As a result of the pandemic that led to the closure of Bon Temps in the Arts District, the pastry chef decided to shift his focus to savory cuisine and opened Vaquero Bar and Coast Range with friends in Solvang, near Santa Barbara wine country. A new restaurant in Hollywood will feature California-inspired French classics made with local ingredients.

Truss, Calistoga

Chef Erik Anderson is returning to the Four Seasons Napa Valley this fall after leading the Michelin two-star Coi in San Francisco for Daniel Patterson. At Truss, Anderson will offer French fare in a casual-yet-classic setting at the Four Seasons Napa Valley. Anderson also opened the tasting counter Catbird Seat in Nashville before moving to Calistoga. He also opened the casual-yet-classic ode to French cuisine, Grand Café, with Jamie Malone before moving to the new Calistoga home. He is going to create a menu rooted in French technique but inspired by the ingredients of Northern California at Truss, which will be served a la carte.

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Philotimo, Washington DC

It is anticipated that Nicholas Stefanelli, the Michelin-starred chef behind Masseria and Officina, will draw on his Greek heritage when he opens Philotimo. Because of the pandemic, construction was delayed for more than a year longer than originally planned for August 2020. Despite the fact that the chef is known for his Italian cooking, when the restaurant finally arrives this October, he hopes to show residents of the nation's capital a different side to Greek cuisine, with dishes that are not limited to feta or Greek cuisine.

Yangban Society, Los Angeles

Having relocated from the Bay Area to LA from their former fine dining restaurants, Katianna and John Hong have opened a new restaurant that is a little more casual than their previous fine dining establishments. Both Katianna and she worked at Meadowood, where Katianna was chef de cuisine before becoming the Charter Oak's chef. This new restaurant and marketplace in Downtown LA is taking the place of Bon Temps, which closed in the aftermath of last year's pandemic due to the financial strain. The restaurant will feature Korean food that will also be influenced by the Jewish delis Katianna remembers from her youth.

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Dowling’s at The Carlyle, New York City

There is a throwback 1940s New York vibe at this Upper East Side spot inside the Carlyle Hotel. Sylvain Delpique is bringing back some classic New York dishes from the past, including a steak Diane grilled tableside. He was previously at the 21 Club.

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