This week in Food & Drink: Best restaurants 2011 | Bleader

This week in Food & Drink: Best restaurants 2011



The Burger at Next: Childhood
As part of our 2011 Year in Review, Mike Sula—with the assistance of software program CriticKiller 2012—selects eight top new restaurants, along with ten honorable mentions. There’s Next, of course, but also Phillip Foss and Andrew Brochu’s El Ideas, Giuseppe Tentori and the Boka Group’s GT Fish & Oyster, Paul Virant and the Boka Group’s Perennial Virant, Brendan Sodikoff's Maude’s Liquor Bar, and Mark and Elizabeth Mendez’s Vera. Not all are swanky: rounding out the list are Tony Hu’s Mao-themed Lao Hunan and Art Jackson’s Bridgeport Pleasant House Bakery. Among the honorable mentions: Al Dente, Snack Planet, La Taberna Tapas, and Telegraph Wine Bar.

Speaking of which . . . in Key Ingredient Telegraph chef John Anderes, challenged with ash by Lula chef Jason Hammel, made spaetzle with ash-coated goat cheese and pearwood ash, which he served with ash-rubbed grilled venison loin and artichokes cooked over coals. “It’s smoky without being . . . smoke,” he said. “You almost get a little bit of the—damn, nailed it!” Next up is Erling Wu-Bower of the Publican, working with gold leaf.

In the listings are ten recent openings, among them the Burger Point, Butcher & the Burger, Cai Fine Dining and Banquet, and Pilsen’s Del Toro.