The Junglee Maas at New York’s Adda Indian Canteen, which was just nominated for a James Beard Award.

These 30 newcomers were nominated by the James Beard Foundation for its coveted Best New Restaurant Award in 2019. Only one will win, but use this as your definitive list of where to eat now across the country.

The James Beard Foundation recently announced its list of restaurants and chefs nominated for the 29th annual James Beard Awards. While dozens of establishments (as well as plenty of bakers, bartenders, and chefs) were recognized across 21 different categories, we’re most excited about the 30 places throughout the country nominated for the prestigious Best New Restaurant award.

To qualify, these restaurants must have opened in 2018, must demonstrate excellence in both cuisine and hospitality, and are expected to make a significant impact on the dining scenes in their respective cities for years to come.

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You may recognize several big-name projects on this list: Thomas Keller, of the French Laundry, opened his first Florida restaurant at the revamped Surf Club, an iconic oceanfront resort in Miami. In Los Angeles, Momofuku’s David Chang made his West Coast debut with Majordomo.

But just because those two restaurants are run by famous names doesn’t mean the award will necessarily go to them. There’s also New York’s Adda Indian Canteen, which serves home-style cooking in an unassuming spot in Long Island City in Queens and opened last fall to rave reviews. Down in New Orleans, the team behind the Bywater’s much-beloved wine bar Bacchanal has also been nominated for their newest project, The Elysian Bar, which serves Southern-inspired French food in a converted Catholic church in the Marigny.

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Although the winner won’t be announced until May, we suggest using this list as a guide to the most exciting places to eat right now in the United States.

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James Beard Award 2019 Best New Restaurant Semifinalists

  • Adda Indian Canteen, NYC
  • Andiario, West Chester, PA
  • Angler, San Francisco
  • Atomix, NYC
  • Bardea Food & Drink, Wilmington, DE
  • Bavel, Los Angeles
  • Bywater American Bistro, New Orleans
  • Canard, Portland, OR
  • Celeste, Somerville, MA
  • Chickadee, Boston
  • Ellē, Washington, D.C.
  • The Elysian Bar, New Orleans
  • Folk, Nashville
  • Frenchette, NYC
  • Kyoten, Chicago
  • Larder Delicatessen and Bakery, Cleveland
  • Lineage, Wailea, HI
  • Majordomo, Los Angeles
  • Marrow, Detroit
  • Nyum Bai, Oakland, CA
  • Passerotto, Chicago
  • Petra and the Beast, Dallas
  • Popol Vuh, Minneapolis
  • Q House, Denver
  • Sawyer, Seattle
  • Spoken English, Washington, D.C.
  • The Stanley, Charlotte, NC
  • Suerte, Austin
  • The Surf Club Restaurant, Surfside, FL
  • Vianda, San Juan, PR

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