3 DC Eateries Are Finalists for Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America

Don't miss the desserts at Tail Up Goat (pictured: their almond cake). Photograph by Scott Suchman

Bon Appétit magazine just announced the 50 restaurant finalists for one of the most highly-coveted accolades in the industry: a spot on the “Hot 10,” their ranking of the ten top new eateries in America. Perhaps a testament to DC’s growing reputation as a food city, three Washington eateries are among the nominees: Bad Saint, the Dabney (also a recent Food & Wine winner), and Tail Up Goat.

Reviewers Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer swooned over clams with Szechuan sausage and chilies at Bad Saint, lauded the locavore approach (and addictive sweet potato rolls) at the Dabney, and—like everyone else—raved about Tail Up Goat’s lamb ribs. All of these restaurants are already notoriously difficult to book, so expect longer waits than ever.

The restaurants in the Hot 10 will be released on August 16. Past DC winners include Little Serow in 2012, and Rose’s Luxury, which snagged the #1 slot in 2014.*

 Bon Appétit full list of nominees is available here.

*A previous version of the story incorrectly stated that Rose’s Luxury was the only DC restaurant to make the top 10. 

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.