Once a year, Bon Appetit unveils “The Hot 10 - America’s Best New Restaurants,” a list of the most memorable new kids on the block. Not-so-coincidentally, around that same time, foodie fans flock to their favorite travel sites and start planning a gastro-pilgrimage. Will travel for food? You’re in good company.
What qualifications, pray tell, does a new restaurant need in order to rank on the list? Allow us to lovingly lift an excerpt from Bon Appetit’s own article for a little explanation:
“After we spent months traveling the country and eating ourselves into a state of jaded, overfed delirium, these 10 restaurants were the places that snapped us out of it. They reminded us that tasting menus can still inspire awe; that a classic steak tartare can taste brand-new alongside the right glass of cloudy Chenin Blanc; and that an egg salad sandwich lunch can be so damn good that you think about it while you’re eating dinner, and long after you’ve left town. These are the restaurants that reminded us just how special dining out can be.”
This year’s list features new restaurants from around the country, and we are practically ecstatic that the majority are in cities where we also offer Stay Alfred properties. That’s why we were compelled, nay felt it was our duty to fellow travel foodies, to highlight your closest Stay Alfred option to these tempting listees:
#2 Khao Noodle Shop in Dallas, TX
Located in an unassuming strip mall in east Dallas, Khao Noodle Shop is home to handmade noodles and a super-small menu where nothing is over $8. Guests – you’re in luck. All Stay Alfred properties in Dallas are just around a 10-minute rideshare away.
#5 The Elysian Bar in New Orleans, LA
Don’t let the name fool you, The Elysian Bar is a full-on restaurant/portal to another time and place. This is the exact kind of richly immersive experience you’ll want when visiting New Orleans. Guest-favorite Stay Alfred at Factors Row is only a 12-minute rideshare from The Elysian Bar.
#7 Tailor in Nashville, TN
This is Indian on another level. And, when you’ve pulled up to the dinner table at Nashville’s hottest new restaurant, you’ll feel more like a friend than a diner. Best of all, our newest Nashville property, Stay Alfred on Main Street, is located just a 5-minute rideshare away from Tailor.
#8 Le Comptoir Du Vin in Baltimore, MD
The ultra-approachable Le Comptoir Du Vin is the kind of neighborhood bistro where, the moment you sit down, you’re part of the family. Add exquisitely made Freanch fare, and you’ll be coming back for more. Book a travel apartment at Stay Alfred on South Charles Street, and Le Comptoir Du Vin is just a 15-minute rideshare away.
#9 Matt’s BBQ Tacos in Portland, OR
I mean, do we really need to explain this one? The man took two of the human population’s favorite foods and blended them to perfection in a food truck. Stay Alfred at Nexus PDX property is nearby, so do as the Portlanders do and hop on a bike rental for a 12-minute ride to Matt’s. Or, if the weather is simply not cooperating, take a 5-minute rideshare to taco heaven.
#10 The Wolf’s Tailor in Denver, CO
Alright, enough making you wait for that link – don that drool bib and check out the full list of Bon Appetit’s Hot 10.
And please, pretty please, share your eating escapades when you’re on the road with #stayalfred. And, as the French say, enjoy your meal!