Bon Appétit magazine editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport and deputy editor Andrew Knowlton revealed the Hot 10 best new restaurants Tuesday on "CBS This Morning."
Before crowning the winners, Knowlton traveled to 500 restaurants over four months "eating Across America."
"I'm looking for restaurants that have somebody behind it that are passionate and not kind of 'concept-y.' I like quirky restaurants, I like small independent ones," Knowlton said.
California took four of the top 10 spots.
"California's always had a wealth of riches when it comes to ingredients, but I don't think always did a lot with them. You know the big joke is they would put a plum on a plate and call it a day right?" Knowlton said. "But now I think they're taking those ingredients and then technique and hard work, kind of what New York always had, and they have the best of both worlds now."
Below is the Hot 10 list:
1. AL's Place - San Francisco, California
"I think this really ushers in a new wave of fine dining because it's basically a neighborhood restaurant, but you're getting this super creative level of food that you would expect in fine dining," Knowlton said.
2. Gjusta - Venice, California
3. Petit Trois - Los Angeles, California
4. Semilla - Brooklyn, New York
"It's one of these small, 14-seat restaurants. It's a husband and a wife, mostly vegetarian cooking ... and it's like being invited into their dining room," Knowlton said. "Ten-courses -- $75."
5. Parachute - Chicago, Illinois
6. Dai Due - Austin, Texas
7. Kindred - Davidson, North Carolina
"You're seeing this, sort of, leveling of the playing field. That there's as many interesting restaurants in these secondary or tertiary markets as there is in New York, San Francisco and L.A.," Rapoport said.
8. Rintaro - San Francisco, California
9. Manolin - Seattle, Washington
10. Milktooth - Indianapolis, Indiana
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