With the release of its September issue, Bon Appétit has unveiled its annual Hot 10 list, crowning the ten best new restaurants in America - and a new Providence eatery has cracked the list.
Ben and Heidi Sukle's newest culinary venture, Oberlin, was ranked seventh overall, and was New England's sole representative on the Hot 10 list. According to Bon Apetit's Andrew Knowlton "Three years ago, Sukle and his wife, Heidi, opened the tiny, tasting-menu-only Birch to raves. Personally, I was on the fence. But any lingering doubts vanished before I finished my first plate of crudo at Oberlin, the duo’s seafood-centric wine bar. Here was a chef cooking with his gut, in a place I could come back to night after night."
Taking the top spot is Atlanta's Staplehouse, a fully non-profit restaurant built by a devoted family with the support of a community that helped them overcome countless obstacles. Joining past winners like Washington D.C.'s Rose's Luxury and San Francisco's AL's Place, Staplehouse raises the bar with a delicious take on New American cuisine and the inclusion of The Giving Kitchen, a charity created to support restaurant workers in need.
Bon Appetit, September 2016"It's a grind, but a fun one," says deputy editor Andrew Knowlton, who traveled with senior editor Julia Kramer over 5,700 miles to more than 40 cities in search of the restaurants that are defining the way we eat in 2016. "We had more real contenders this year than ever before," says Knowlton.
The Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants 2016 are:
"The September issue is the one we look forward to the most," says Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport. "This year, we are adding a huge, immersive online element, which will noticeably elevate the experience for our audience."
For more on the Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants 2016, check out the full feature on bonappetit.com/hot10, where stories will run through September with essays, recipes, and exclusive video features.