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Bon Appétit's 10 best new restaurants in America, the no cell phone discount, and considering the Sidecar on today's web roundup. 

Bon Appétit released their annual Hot 10 list of America's Best New Restaurants, including Nashville's The Catbird Seat and Cakes & Ale in Decatur, GA. 

Today in food items that no one asked for: alcoholic sandwiches

There can be only one: Chicagoland burger enthusiasts were baffled by erroneous internet rumors that Kuma's Corner would open a second location in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg, reports Serious Eats

Los Angeles restaurant Eva offers a 5% discount to diners that check their cell phones at the door. The real cost: depriving the Instagram community of your old-timey food shots. 

Esquire interviews the barkeep at Hollywood institution  Musso & Frank Grill. Among topics covered: the virtues of the Sidecar, celebrity guests from Rock Hudson to Harrison Ford, and dolts who order cognac with coke (they exist). 

Sidecar Cocktail

Know your classic cocktails. The Sidecar: brandy, triple sec, sweet and sour, and sugar rimming the glass. 

Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2012

The results are in! Food and Wine has named its Best New Chefs of 2012. With only 10 winners, all of whom boast impressive culinary credentials and white-hot restaurants, this ain't no Daytime Emmys or insiders' awards club. This year's recipients of the prestigious honor include:

 Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger, The Catbird Seat (Nashville, TN)

 Danny Grant, RIA (Chicago, IL)

 Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen (New York, NY)

 Corey Lee, Benu (San Francisco, CA)

 Jenn Louis, Lincoln (Portland, OR)

 Cormac Mahoney, Madison Park Conservatory (Seattle, WA)

 Bryant Ng, The Spice Table (Los Angeles, CA)

 Karen Nicolas, Equinox (Washington, DC)

 Rich Torrisi & Mario Carbone, Torrisi Italian Specialties (New York, NY)

 Blaine Wetzel, Willows Inn (Lummi Island, WA)

For full bios of this years winners, stroll on over to Food & Wine.

Best New Chefs

Pi(e) Day

Happy π Day, LocalEaters. Allow me to be the millionth blogger to use this day of 3/14 as a flimsy excuse to write about that crusty, goo-filled wonderment: pie. It should probably have its own week or month, rather than having to split a day with an inedible irrational number, but so it goes. In honor of this crusty holiday, our staff and friends weighed in with some of their favorite non-pizza pies nationwide.

The Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie from the Little Pie Company (New York, NY). Little. Tangy. Delicious.

Chocolate pie from Arnold's Country Kitchen (Nashville, TN). The chess pie is no slouch either.

May Day Pie from Ramsey's Diner (Lexington, KY) made at Missy's Pie Shop. So sacred is the "Derby Pie" in KY that it's trademarked and appears under various coded names at restaurants.

Michigan Sour Cherry Pie from Bubby's (New York, NY) Four pounds of cherries per pie. Oh, my!

Coconut cream pie from Busy Corner (Goodfield, IL)

Deep dish Key lime pie from Guppy's on the Beach (Indian Rocks Beach, FL) 

Apple pie from Wasik's Cheese Shop (Wellesley, MA). Only available during the holiday season. 

Cherry pie from Two Little Red Hens (New York, NY)

Strawberry pie (seasonal) from Esther's Restaurant (Fredericksburg, PA)

Boston cream pie from Marche (Nashville, TN). Nary a bad dessert is produced in Margot McCormack's kitchens. 

Featured blogger Ellen Fork swears by the apple pie from Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, D.C.)

Triple Coconut Cream Pie from Etta's or Dahlia (Seattle). President Obama can't resist Tom Douglas's signature decadent dessert. He's had at least four servings to date. 

La Tarte Tatin (the upside down apple tart pictured below) from Le Gigot (New York, NY). Apple pie need not always be so American.

Pie Day

As an added pie day bonus, enjoy a few pie-related pop culture moments. Find yourself some pie to dive into, but don't ever trust the floor pie.  

Don't ever refuse pie. It will enrage your significant other or co-workers.

Paul F. Tompkins solves the Cake vs Pie problem. I disagree with the conclusion, but applaud the undertaking.

When you have a fugitive situation, never count out the nearest house of pies.

NCAA Tournament Dining Guide, Rounds 1-3

It's the most wonderful non-holiday time of the year. March Madness is upon us! Suddenly those who don't gamble are a shunned minority. Wings and chips will comprise most of our diets (sorry vegetables, you're just not clutch in high anxiety situations). Brackets will be busted by buzzers beaters. Office productivity will decline 80%. And Dick Vitale will likely drool on his shirt, having excited himself into a catatonic state. NCAA basketball fans traveling to watch their favorite teams need not go hungry or resort to stadium food in an unfamiliar city, though. We've got you covered for the first three rounds with great locally owned restaurants in the cities hosting tournament games. And we've even mapped out restaurants in proximity to the tournament venues. 

First Four

Dayton, OH restaurants  restaurants near University of Dayton arena 

Second and Third Rounds

Albuquerque, NM restaurants  restaurants near the Pit 

Louisville, KY restaurants  restaurants near the KFC Yum! Center

Pittsburgh, PA restaurants  restaurants near CONSOL Energy Center

Portland, OR restaurants  restaurants near the Rose Garden

Columbus, OH restaurants  restaurants near Nationwide Arena

Greensboro, NC restaurants  restaurants near Greensboro Coliseum

Nashville, TN restaurants restaurants near Bridgestone Arena

Omaha, NE restaurants restaurants near Qwest Center

We'll return next week for a rundown of restaurants for the Sweet 16 and Regional Finals locations. In the meantime enjoy all the thrills, heartbreak, processed cheese products and bracket-smack talk that make March magical. 

Jackrabbit

The one burning bracketology question on everyone's mind: Will this finally be the year of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits?

A Nosh to Remember: Nashville's Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel

Executive Chef Tyler Brown and the Capitol Grille (no relation to the chain) in downtown Nashville's Hermitage Hotel have accrued an abundance of awards and praise in the past few years. And rightly so. Named one of Esquire's Four New Chefs to Watch in 2011, Brown is bringing the farm to the table much more directly than your average eatery patting itself on the back for a commitment to slow food. Not many restaurants have a chef that does the farming himself. On a piece of land donated at the nearby Farm at Glen Leven, Brown designs the seasonably sustainable growing program, but also plants, weeds and ultimately harvests the vegetables to be used at the Capitol Grille. Cooking from scratch? For chumps. Brown cooks from seed. 

I recently dropped in for dinner at the Capitol Grille, so let me be yet another voice (of many) heaping praise upon them. For a restaurant of its reputation and caliber, the Capitol Grille remains fairly understated. It's classy without being stuffy. It's spacious and quiet enough to converse (not the case at many of Nashville's trendier eateries). The menu is refreshingly simple: upscale Southern, but lacking pretense. Extra Nashville credit for the Hatch Show Print menu design. To start, there's the brilliant sweet onion bisque, which is rich, creamy and delightfully smoky (thanks to the Benton's bacon). Grass-fed beef also comes from the Farm at Glen Leven, and the vegetables are impeccable and strikingly pretty. Deep green, leafy Brussels sprouts accompanied my lightly battered, wonderfully textured Gulf snapper with celery root puree and just the right amount of crab butter. Other dishes enjoyed at our table included the Double H Beef sirloin as well as a perfectly cooked pork chop with carrot grits and a handful of delicious (and pretty) beet chips. Portions are reasonable - not particularly huge but not small plates either - so you might require a side dish if you're skipping dessert. Fingerling potato confit, truffle mac and cheese and extremely creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes are among the options. Desserts did not fail to impress either, such as the decadent, dense coconut cake with chocolate malt ice cream - bonus points for the mini malted milk balls. And, though I've seen it a handful of times before, I couldn't resist doing the touristy thing by taking a gander at the beautiful unspoiled art deco bathroom adjacent to the Oak Bar on my way out. It's an absolute must-see for any enthusiast of our country's most notable bathrooms. 

Capitol Grill

pork chop with carrot grits, beet chips and whiskey jus

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