The July issue of Conde Nast Traveler, which hits the stands June 25, has a feature on the 70 Best New Restaurants in the World. The list concentrates on seven specific cities: NYC, San Francisco, London, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai Sydney. And then the American South is lumped into one category.
See also: - Restaurant Review: Style By The Spoonful
Atlanta Journal-Constitution food critic John Kessler covered the American South for Condé Nast. In addition to two restaurants in Atlanta, Watershed on Peachtree and The Optimist, Kessler called out The Ordinary in Charleston, Oxheart and Underbelly in Houston, Restaurant R'evolution in New Orleans, Mintwood Place in D.C., and Hog & Hominy in Memphis.
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Kessler described John Tesar's Spoon Bar & Kitchen as "a simple white 58-seat dining room and bar filled with glittery Dallas ladies slurping oysters and sipping Champagne."
When Observer food critic Scott Reitz reviewed Spoon this past February, he wasn't crazy about the location of Spoon, but all of that easily faded into the background as he slurped down the "briny clean wake of an outstanding northern East Coast oyster," which showcased the immaculate technique afforded to the raw bar program.
Reitz wrote, "A sweet terrine of foie gras is placed on top of a baguette sliced so thin it disappears in your mouth, receding into subtle nutty flavors and pinpricks of salinity as a base for a quilt of ruby-red tuna carpaccio. Dishes like these silence entire tables."
If you're one to book flights based on the grumblings of your stomach, well you can save some of those frequent flyer miles with one of the best new restaurants right here in Big-D. Plus, two more just an easy four hour drive south along beautiful Interstate 45. But they won't have "glittery Dallas ladies." So, what's the point?