Anthem named America's best new restaurant

Austin winner calls itself a “Tex-Asian Pub”

The United States is home to more than a million different restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association, with hundreds of new options opening up each year. We asked a panel of food and travel experts to nominate their 20 favorite new restaurants to open in the past year, ranging from chef-driven fast casual concepts to high end dining with a focus on hyper-local and sustainable ingredients. For the past four weeks, readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in.

  • Anthem

    Anthem in calls itself a “Tex-Asian Pub,” serving fusion gastropub fare to hungry Austinites. Options range from a house-smoked vegan curry dog with Korean kraut to Chinese five spice barbecue brisket served on a sweet Hawaiian bun with braised bacon, sesame slaw, fried onions and kimchi aioli.
    Photo courtesy of Anthem

  • Three Blacksmiths
    Sperryville, Va.

    Each week the multi-course dinner menu at Three Blacksmiths changes to reflect the best ingredients sourced from throughout Rappahannock County in Virginia. The 16-seat restaurant offers the vibe of an intimate dinner party, where the food is served by the owners and chefs, husband and wife team John and Diane MacPherson, in a warm and welcoming environment.
    Photo courtesy of Greg Powers / Three Blacksmiths

  • Wine Bar George

    When Wine Bar George opened at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, it became the first and only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in the state of Florida. Master Sommelier George Miliotes oversees the collection of some 130 wines, poured alongside a menu of small plates and charcuterie.
    Photo courtesy of Mike Gluckman / Walt Disney World

  • Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen
    Las Vegas

    Guests of the new Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will feel like they’re dining on the set of the hit reality TV show. Red and blue kitchens cook up a menu of Hell’s Kitchen signature dishes (think beef Wellington and pan seared scallops), while floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room overlook the Strip.
    Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment


    You might not expect fine French cuisine in Honolulu, but that’s just what’s on the menu at PARIS.HAWAII. Chef Yuya Yamanaka crafts contemporary French favorites with a Polynesian twist, like Maui onion soup, Wailua asparagus with Barron Point oysters, local chicken with taro and Big Island beef with périgeuex sauce and hamakua mushrooms.
    Photo courtesy of PARIS.HAWAII

  • Chaatable

    Chef Maneet Chauhan brings the flavors of India to the heart of Nashville with Chaatable, a new restaurant concept focusing on dishes typically served from food carts and street side vendors. Diners will find creative takes on classics like vegetable samosas, butter chicken, biryani and pakora.
    Photo courtesy of Jessica Sloan / Chaatable

  • Hidden Fish Sushi
    San Diego

    San Diego got its first omakase sushi restaurant with the opening of Hidden Fish. Diners choose between a 50-minute, 12-piece tasting menu or a 90-minute, 18-piece experience. The finest seafood gets sourced from around the globe, including from Japan’s famous Toyosu Fish Market.
    Photo courtesy of Hidden Fish Sushi

  • Spice Finch

    Spice Finch, a new modern Mediterranean eatery in Philadelphia, is the work of Chefs Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle. Dishes like stuffed grape leaves with apricot and lemon yogurt, peri peri shrimp, charred carrot hummus and lamb ribs with roasted garlic chermoula are served in an art-deco inspired space.
    Photo courtesy of Eric Ashleigh for Spice Finch

  • Longway Tavern
    New Orleans

    Chef John Sinclair cooks up creative tavern fare at the new Longway Tavern in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The casual spot, complete with an open-air courtyard, serves dishes like radishes with butter and caviar, shrimp toast on sourdough with tamarind and herbs, fried calamari with blistered grape tomatoes and charred lemon, or hearty bolognese with spaghetti squash and ricotta.
    Photo courtesy of Longway Tavern / Facebook

  • S.K.Y.

    Chef Stephen Gillanders takes inspiration from his travels around the globe when creating the seasonal contemporary American menu at S.K.Y. in Chicago. Dishes might include crispy mahi mahi with sambal butter and broken potatoes, Maine lobster dumplings, Berkshire pork chop with habanero honey sauce and sweet potato or hamachi sashimi with black sesame ponzu and puffed rice.
    Photo courtesy of S.K.Y. / Facebook

The top 10 winners in the Best New Restaurant category are as follows:

  1. Anthem - Austin
  2. Three Blacksmiths - Sperryville, Va.
  3. Wine Bar George - Orlando
  4. Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen - Las Vegas
  5. PARIS.HAWAII - Honolulu
  6. Chaatable - Nashvillle
  7. Hidden Fish Sushi - San Diego
  8. Spice Finch - Philadelphia
  9. Longway Tavern - New Orleans
  10. S.K.Y. - Chicago

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric GrossmanGerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen for their knowledge of the American restaurant scene.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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