It seems like every time I open a magazine, there’s a feature on an up-and-coming food city. That city is different EVERY time. Which means, it’s likely you live in one and have great new restaurants opening up around you….daily! So it’s time to ditch the old favorites and try a new spot. (Randall, that means you too.)
I wrote about Baltimore and Oakland just last week. Denver and Houston are topping lists. Atlanta has been a breading ground since Richard Blais won Top Chef. Chicago, with 2 years of Michelin ranking under its belt, has been killing it with foodies.
What I’ve found is that no matter where I am, I can always find an exceptional farm-to-table restaurant. Pretty much in any neighborhood. I know “Farm-to-Table” sounds cliche, but can we really argue with chefs who are using locally sourced produce and preparing it in a clean and creative way?
New FTT restos are popping up on every corner in NYC and LA. Below are 2 in each I think you’ll enjoy as much as I do. All of them are small and super cute, which means a reservation is a good idea. If there are only two of you, you could luck out on a bar seat (except at The Smile).
In the comments below, go ahead and share your new favorite so we can give it a shot if we’re in your neighborhood. Thanks in advance!
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Quick note: celeb scene is almost as good as the food. If you do go to The Smile, say hello to Lily from my SoulCycle training group!
Rustic Canyon has been around for a while, but they just changed chefs. Now at the helm is Jeremy Fox who is was previously at the only vegetarian restaurant to ever earn a Michelin star (Ubunto in Napa). We at there last night and his food was fresh and extraordinary.