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Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Restaurants in America

After much deliberation and quite a bit of bi-coastal dining, man-about-food Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appétit has released The Hot 10 2013: The Best New Restaurants in America. A most coveted distinction, this year's 10 winning restaurants include:

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)

For full details, follow the link.

Bon App

LocalEats® Names 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America for 2013

Bbq Winner Badge 13[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 24, 2013] Another summer is upon us, and it’s been exactly a year since we at LocalEats released our inaugural list of the country’s 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants. Though we feared backlash, outrage and menacing letters written in BBQ sauce from the passionate online barbecue community, the response was by and large positive and the discussion civil and thought provoking. We went back for seconds and are proud to announce the 2013 edition of America’s Best Barbecue Restaurants.

For the 2013 list, we’ve broadened our scope – within reason, of course. As much as we’d like to explore the countless styles of international smoked meats, from churrascarias of South America to the stone-fired meats of Mongolia, we’ve confined our list to the continental U.S. There are more than enough wonderful barbecue variations to explore between state and even county lines. Of course, prominent on the list are heavy hitters from Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas. But also represented are fantastic smoke shacks from Louisiana, New York, Detroit, Southern California and even the Pacific Northwest.  From timeless institutions run by old-school pitmasters who rarely sleep to the innovative, newer joints building on family and regional traditions, these establishments embody the passion and patience required to produce outstanding barbecue.

In addition to the Top 20 barbecue restaurants in America, we’ve compiled a list of 80 more excellent barbecue restaurants, “Honorable Mentions,” all with sterling reputations and rabid fan followings. Altogether, that’s a rib-sticking lineup of 100 of the country’s best barbecue restaurants – a smoky, saucy bucket list for those who know the difference between lump and briquette charcoal.

The winning selections represent the opinions of LocalEats’ editorial staff, which has spent months in smoke-filled rooms relentlessly researching, compiling, and drawing from their personal experiences and collective barbecue fascination. There are no national chains listed, and restaurants cannot pay for inclusion.

To view a slideshow of the winners: http://www.localeats.com/20-best-barbecue-restaurants-in-america-2013/slideshow/

To download a PDF press release: http://www.magellanpress.com/PR/LocalEats 2013 Best Barbecue Winners.pdf

A sample of barbecue award winners:

Louie Mueller Barbecue Taylor, TX
“Rubbed with salt and pepper then slow cooked four to six hours in 50 year-old pits, the brisket at Louie Mueller's is legendary. This iconic Texas eatery also serves up sausages by the link and meat by the slice or pound, while a thin, tomato-based sauce is meant to ‘complement, not coat.’"

Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue, Raleigh, NC
One step through the door verifies the appeal and popularity of this downtown Raleigh darling, with old-timey photographs, a buzzing service counter and the sweet aroma of down-home cooking.”

Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
From its humble beginnings — a trailer in a parking lot — to its current brick and mortar store with a line that’s always a mile long, Franklin Barbecue is the crown jewel of Austin’s flourishing barbecue scene.”

Smoque BBQ, Chicago, IL
"Smoque celebrates the varying styles of our nation's most noteworthy barbecue regions. But it's their Texas-style brisket (which they nearly left off the menu) that keeps the place consistently packed.”

LOCALEATS TOP 20 BARBECUE RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA (listed alphabetically)


LOCALEATS TOP 20 BARBECUE RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA, HONORABLE MENTIONS (listed alphabetically):

CONTACT: Rachel Lawson, press@localeats.com, 615-263-7760

ABOUT LOCALEATS
Owned and operated by Magellan Press, Inc., LocalEats is a company dedicated to providing the best curated restaurant guide in America. Founded in 1991, the company began as an independent book publishing company, which created the popular Where the Locals Eat dining guide. In 2008, the guide went digital and has become the top paid dining app in the iTunes App Store. Today the LocalEats® iPhone and iPad apps and website are leading sources for the best regional dining information nationwide. More information is available at LocalEats.com.

The LocalEats app is free on the iPad and costs 99 cents for the iPhone. Listings are updated regularly without additional charge to the user. LocalEats.com features the same restaurant content as the app, as well as links to the nation’s best dining blogs, local and national dining news, and the ability to find restaurants near popular U.S. landmarks. The app has received national recognition by The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Budget Travel, Business Week, Mashable, Peter Greenberg, Kim Komando Show, and CNET.

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LocalEats® Names the Best Restaurants in Florida’s Emerald Coast for 2013

LocalEats®, a critically acclaimed iPhone and iPad app, online dining guide (LocalEats.com), and the publisher of the Where the Locals Eat series of dining guides, has released its 2013 list of the best restaurants spanning the Emerald Coast of Florida.  For years, LocalEats has focused primarily on major metropolitan areas and the most populous cities. But the dining guide is now turning its attention to popular smaller markets boasting a higher percentage of excellent restaurants per capita: coastal towns, mountain getaways and vacation destinations of all sorts. In this spirit, they have canvassed Florida’s Panhandle coast, spotlighting the best locally owned restaurants from Pensacola to Panama City Beach with stops in Destin, Apalachicola, Santa Rosa Beach along the way. From beachfront oyster bars and seafood shacks to steakhouses and upscale Gulf Coast dining, LocalEats has chosen restaurants beloved by tourists and locals alike. Whether upscale or down-home, these restaurants compose the distinct dining fabric of the Emerald Coast.

All selections are made by the LocalEats editorial staff, who research local media and relevant dining blogs, monitor social media, survey food-savvy locals and travelers, and take into account their personal dining experiences. There are no national chains listed, and restaurants cannot pay for inclusion. Unlike many restaurant apps and websites that rely on user comments and contributions, LocalEats is one of the only curated restaurants guides.

“The caliber of restaurants we feature shows that the Emerald Coast has much more to offer than typical surfside vendors and beach bars,” says LocalEats editorial director Pat Embry. “We’ve attempted to capture the diversity of this ever-evolving dining scene, and we’re proud to present our picks for the best independently owned restaurants from Pensacola to Panama City.”

A sample of Emerald Coast, Florida winners:

Jackson’s Steakhouse Best Steakhouse, Pensacola, FL
“Named for our nation’s seventh president — the building overlooks Ferdinand Plaza, where the Spanish ceded Florida to Old Hickory in 1821— Jackson's Steakhouse is known for its classy digs, aged steaks and Gulf seafood preparations from co-owner and executive chef Irv Miller.”

Bud & Alley’s, Seaside, FL
“Tucked into the dunes and looking out onto the Gulf, longtime Seaside seafood standout Bud & Alley's features entrees such as crab cakes, grilled black grouper, lobster Tagliatelle, and the whole fish of the day. Not to be overlooked are the always-hopping pizza bar and taco bar.”

Boss, Apalachicola, FL
“The Apalachicola River Inn's Boss Oyster ranks as one of the top oyster bars in what is one of the nation's most renowned areas for producing the tasty bivalves.”

Picolo’s & The Red Bar, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
“Locals and tourists consistently pack The Red Bar and its restaurant Picolo’s from affable Belgian-born chef-owner Olivier "Oli" Petit's Grayton. This funky and fabulous restaurant/bar is known for serving up some of the best, impossibly dense crab cakes in these or any parts — available Friday and Saturday nights only — as well as local fish specials.”

For a complete list of winners Emerald Coast restaurants:
http://www.localeats.com/Emerald-Coast-Florida-restaurants

BEST EMERALD COAST, FLORIDA RESTAURANTS BY TOWN (includes category winners):

ALYS BEACH
Caliza
George's at Alys Beach

APALACHICOLA
Boss
Caroline's River Dining
Tamara's Cafe
Up The Creek Raw Bar

CRAWFORDVILLE
Spring Creek Restaurant

DESTIN
Aegean
AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar
The Back Porch
Beach Walk Cafe (at Henderson Park Inn)
Bistro Bijoux
Buster's Bar & Grill
Cabana Cafe
Camille's at Crystal Beach
The Crab Trap (also, Pensacola)
Cuvee Bistro
Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant &
    Dewey Destin's Harborside
Donut Hole
Fisherman's Wharf Seafood House
Harbor Docks
Harry T's Lighthouse
Lin's Asian Cuisine
Louisana Lagniappe
Marina Café
Marlin Grill
McGuire's Irish Pub
Ocean Club
Pompano Joe's
Rick's Crab Trap
Seagar's
Vintij Wine Boutique & Bistro

FORT WALTON BEACH
Caffe Italia
The Crab Trap
Pandora's Steak House
Staff's

FREEPORT
Nick's Seafood

GULF BREEZE
Aegean Breeze

NAVARRE
Stinky's Fish Camp

NICEVILLE
Ed's Hometown Seafood and Steaks & Sports Bar

PANAMA CITY
Hunt's Oyster Bar – Best Seafood

PANAMA CITY BEACH
Andy's Flour Power Cafe & Bakery
Angelo's Steak Pit
The Back Porch
Boatyard
Boon Docks
Capt. Anderson's
David's New Orleans Style Sno-Balls
Dee's Hang-Out – Best Oysters
Dusty's Oyster Bar & Eatery
Firefly – Best Contemporary
FishaleTaphouse & Grill
Flamingo Joe's Grill & Seafood
Hook'd Pier
Jeannie's One Stop Diner – Best Breakfast
Liza's Kitchen
Mike's Cafe and Oyster Bar
Oishi – Best Thai
Pineapple Willy's
Reggae J's Island Grill
Saltwater Grill
Schooners
Thomas Donut & Snack Shop
Wicked Wheel Bar and Grill

PENSACOLA
Atlas Oyster House
Blue Dot Barbecue
Chet's Seafood
The Coffee Cup – Best Breakfast
The Crab Trap (also, Destin)
Dharma Blue
The Fish House
The Global Grill
Jackson's Steakhouse – Best Steakhouse
Jerry's Drive In
Joe Patti's Seafood
McGuire's Irish Pub
O’Zone Pizza Pub – Best Pizza

PENSACOLA BEACH
Peg Leg Pete's – Best Seafood

PORT SAINT JOE
Indian Pass Raw Bar

ROSEMARY BEACH
Cowgirl Kitchen
Edward's Fine Food & Wine
La Crema Tapas and Chocolate
Onano Neighborhood Café
Restaurant Paradis
Summer Kitchen Café

LocalEats Names 20 Best Breakfast Restaurants in America for 2012

breakfast badgeNashville, TN, [September 18, 2012] Following a summer of long road trips, weekend getaways and stay-cations, we at LocalEats are happy to report a renewed appreciation for breakfast. The original social networks were, and still are, conversations over coffee at the neighborhood diner, and there's an undeniable satisfaction to discovering a great breakfast restaurant while traveling - either way, breakfast fulfills needs beyond mere sustenance. Breakfast joints are frequently the most treasured institutions in town, worth their weight in bacon. So, it was our mission to identify these early morning gems.

Comparing our notes, research and memories of shortstacks past, we've compiled a list of what we consider the 20 Best Breakfast Restaurants in America. From the oven-baked soufflé pancake at Bette's Oceanview Diner in Berkeley, CA, to a plate of eggs and spicy half-smoke at the Florida Avenue Grill in DC, and from the Door County cherry-stuffed French toast at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, WI, to the "High and Lonesome" (steak with house made steak sauce, eggs and home fries) at Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, MS, breakfast is alive and well at independently owned restaurants across America. These restaurants inspire an unparalleled devotion among locals and tourists who are willing to line up around the block and wait to snag a coveted booth or counter stool. Without further ado, we present LocalEats' choices for the best breakfast restaurants in America.

View a slideshow of the 20 Best Breakfast Restaurants in America 2012.

LocalEats 20 Best Breakfast Restaurants in America for 2012:
In alphabetical order

LocalEats 20 Best Breakfast Restaurants in America for 2012: Honorable Mentions
In alphabetical order

About LocalEats
LocalEats is a company dedicated to providing the best hand-curated restaurant guide in America. Founded in 1991, the company began as Magellan Press, Inc., an independent book publishing company which created a popular dining guide for travelers called Where the Locals Eat. In 2008, the guide went completely digital and was the top paid dining app in the App Store in 2010, according to iTunes. Today the LocalEats® iPhone and iPad apps and website are leading sources for the best regional dining information nationwide. More information is available at www.LocalEats.com.

The LocalEats app is free on the iPad and costs 99 cents to download on the iPhone. Listings are updated regularly without additional charge to the user. LocalEats.com features the same restaurant content as the app, as well as links to the nation's best dining blogs, local and national dining news, and the ability to find restaurants near popular U.S. landmarks. The app has received national recognition by The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Budget Travel, Business Week, Mashable, and CNET.

Contact: Pat Embry
Editorial Director
Magellan Press/LocalEats
615-263-7725

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LocalEats Names 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America for 2012

best barbecue in America badgeNashville, TN, [May 24, 2012] Memorial Day weekend is here and neighborhoods will soon be engulfed in the low smoke of backyard grills. Friends and loved ones will inevitably invite us over "to barbecue." But confusion sets in when one is only greeted by burgers and a few sad looking hot dogs. Where are the dry-rubbed ribs and pork shoulder sandwiches? Why would our neighbors misappropriate the good name of barbecue when they really mean, "grilling out."

At LocalEats® we take our barbecue (and barbecue terminology) seriously. To kick off the beginning of the 2012 summer season, we're pleased to announce the winners of our first annual 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. This year's picks include a mix of both town and country and a variety of regional styles from the Carolinas to Texas, through Kansas City and Memphis and even up to Portland and Chicago. Be it wet or dry ribs, slow-smoked whole hog or brisket burnt ends, topped with mustard, vinegar or tomato-based sauces, if it's among the country's best barbecue, we've got it covered.

The winning selections represent the opinions of LocalEats' editorial staff, which has spent months researching, compiling and drawing from their personal experiences and collective barbecue obsession. LocalEats Editorial Director Pat Embry headed the selection committee and is excited about the final result. "The winners of our top 20 barbecue restaurants not only serve outstanding barbecue, but are unique places for discerning diners, families, and barbecue connoisseurs alike. Choosing the winners was not an easy task considering the outstanding quality of all our nominees, but we're confident it's a worthy representation of the very best barbecue restaurants in America."

View a slideshow of the 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America 2012.

LocalEats 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America for 2012:
In alphabetical order

LocalEats Best Barbecue Restaurants in America for 2012: Honorable Mentions
In alphabetical order

About LocalEats
LocalEats is a company dedicated to providing the best hand-curated restaurant guide in America. Founded in 1991, the company began as Magellan Press, Inc., an independent book publishing company which created a popular dining guide for travelers called Where the Locals Eat. In 2008, the guide went completely digital and was the top paid dining app in the App Store in 2010, according to iTunes. Today the LocalEats® iPhone and iPad apps and website are leading sources for the best regional dining information nationwide. More information is available at www.LocalEats.com.

The LocalEats app is free on the iPad and costs 99 cents to download on the iPhone. Listings are updated regularly without additional charge to the user. LocalEats.com features the same restaurant content as the app, as well as links to the nation's best dining blogs, local and national dining news, and the ability to find restaurants near popular U.S. landmarks. The app has received national recognition by The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Budget Travel, Business Week, Mashable, and CNET.

Contact: Pat Embry
Editorial Director
Magellan Press/LocalEats
615-263-7760

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