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Bon Appetit names 2013 best new restaurants

Over the past year Bon Appétit Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlon traveled 26,333 miles in 22 states and “ate more, spent more, and endured more sleepless nights.” Why? To compile The Hot 1O 2013: The Best New Restaurants in America. This year’s illustrious list, in order, is:

1. Alma – Los Angeles, CA

2. Saison – San Francisco, CA

3. Rolf & Daughters – Nashville, TN

4. Fat Rice – Chicago, IL

5. Ava Gene’s – Portland, OR

6. The Pass & Provisions – Houston, TX

7. The Optimist - Atlanta, GA

8. Jeffrey’s & Josephine House - Austin, TX

9. The Whale Wins & Joule – Seattle, WA

10. Aska – Brooklyn, NY

“The 2013 restaurant scene is being reinvented by a band of young chefs,” said Knowlton. “The results are not only delicious…they’re inspiring.”

For exclusive recipes and videos from each of this year’s winners check out bonappetit.com.

Also included in the September issue is “The Foodist 25.” Fish heads, octopus, smartly designed matchbooks, big cheap bears, koozies and lots of Mumford and Sons are only a few of the trends Knowlton spotted over the course of his travels.

The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist is located at 914 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta; 404-477-6260. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly and lunch on weekdays. For more information, visit theoptimistrestaurant.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page.