Georgia James, Houston: The Texas steak house re-invented—for ballers and nibblers alike.
Henry at Life Hotel by JJ, New York City: A swaggering ride through the cuisines of the African diaspora—from Senegal to Harlem and all stops in between.
Homer, Seattle: Vegetable-forward, wood-fired, Middle Eastern small plates—who knew such overused words could bring such new pleasure?
Indigo, Houston: A prodigy's tasting menu on the theme of African-American history is equally stimulating to mind and palate.
Kyōten, Chicago: Extraordinary sushi—and rare rice—from a brash budding master.
Ma'am Sir, Los Angeles: High-intensity Filipino flavors on Sunset Boulevard.
Nightshade, Los Angeles: Top Chef winner Mei Lin walks a tightrope between comfort and thrills in DTLA.
Shabushabu MACORON, New York City: Where a simple cooking technique is turned into art, grace, and nurture.
Vianda, San Juan, Puerto Rico: An island still recovering has a jewel to be proud of.