> Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Down-home cooking meets modern charm at this New American restaurant in the heart of downtown Cleveland. With a seasonal menu inspired by the staples of the old Midwest, Cordelia pulls from global spice profiles to serve comforting dishes like salisbury steak with gamja potato salad, “lamburger” helper with squash, pistachios, and green olives, and a beet and apple salad with saffron, sorghum, and goat cheese.
> Location: Healdsburg, California
An ambitious, completely plant-based restaurant that got its start with help from the team behind Michelin-starred SingleThread, Little Saint offers more than vegan cuisine. The eatery is nestled into a community center with a market, wine shop, and cafe, and features produce grown at an affiliated 24 acre farm. The divinely colorful fare is both light and satisfying, with edible flowers, house-infused herbal oils, and specials from the wood-burning oven.
> Location: Portland, Maine
A special occasion fine dining establishment that is well worth the hype, Twelve hit the scene in July and has received numerous accolades since then. From the addictive Parker House rolls to the baked halibut with Ritz crackers and bone marrow jus to the macaron and ice cream bar, every item that leaves the kitchen is steeped in perfection. Choose from a rather affordable prix fixe menu and an a la carte menu.
> Location: Queens, New York
This cheery little Isan restaurant in Elmhurst has garnered itself a Bib Gourmand listing in the Michelin guide for good reason. Zaab Zaab’s vibrant dishes are a feast for the senses. Whole fried grouper are piled with fresh mint, catfish are stuffed with aromatic pandan leaves, and the signature duck breast larb is served with crispy duck skin slivers, rich duck liver, and fried lime leaves.
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> Location: San Francisco, California
A welcome addition to the Mission District, this Korean BBQ establishment uses lychee-wood charcoal to grill their meats – and the sweet char-grilled flavor definitely stands out. The short ribs are cut thick, the savory egg soufflé with anchovy broth is impossibly creamy, and the seasonal vegetable bibimbap with preserved squid and pollock roe mayo is a must-have.
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