Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot

We are always happy to see the addition of new restaurants to the culinary scene. You will find the ones that impressed us the most in GAYOT’s just-published Annual Restaurant Issue. Check out our 2012 list of the Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S., which includes notable newcomers like GT Fish & Oyster Bar in Chicago, then watch my exclusive video interview with its chef/partner Giuseppe Tentori. Perhaps some of these places will grace a future list of Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

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Step Up To The Plate at COLCOA 2012

Step up to the Plate - Entre les Bras
Step Up To The Plate (Entre les Bras), French documentary about chef Michel Bras

by Sophie Gayot

The 16th edition of the French film festival “COLCOA, City of Lights, City of Angels” will start next week in LA. This year, Director & Programmer François Truffart and his team have selected fifty-five movies.

One of the documentaries, Step Up To The Plate, Entre les Bras, directed by Paul Lacoste, caught my attention. And if you are a foodie, you should try to see it as well. It is the story of chef Michel Bras at his Le Suquet restaurant in Laguiole in France. How talented is he? In 1988, we crowned him “Chef of the Year” and awarded him a rating of 19.5 (yes 19.5, even better than GAYOT’s top rating of 19 out of 20). Among his emblematic recipes is the Gargouillou, a dazzling mix of vegetables, leaves, fruits and flowers. Bras has decided to retire and let his son Sébastien take over Le Suquet. That will be a difficult task for Sébastien, who must honor his family heritage yet keep innovating as a chef, as his father has done for many years.

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Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Travel News

Hollywood Meets Haute Cuisine at a Much-Anticipated Las Vegas Hotel

Nobu Matsuhisa‘s name graces many fine restaurants from coast to coast, including his flagship restaurants, Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, Nobu New York and Nobu Las Vegas. Now the Japanese chef’s name is going on a Las Vegas hotel. “The idea of a Nobu hotel has always excited me,” says Robert De Niro, an early investor in Nobu’s restaurants. Continue reading “Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Travel News” »

72 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, Texas (photo credit: Mary Ann McClain)
Fredericksburg, Texas (photo credit: Mary Ann McClain)

Enjoy a wine tour Texan style

If you think Texas is all about big hair and barbecue, you got it all wrong. Texas can be quite sophisticated, and it also boasts a fabulous wine country! In fact, the Texas winemaking tradition is the oldest in the country. You’ll find half of the state’s wineries in the Texan Hill Country, and the charming town of Fredericksburg has become a bona fide destination for fickle foodies and oenophiles.

Our favorite must-visit destination in this German tradition-soaked locale include Becker Vineyards with its 46 acres of French Vinifera vines that grow eight grape varietals; Der Lindenbaum restaurant for German schnitzels and konigsberger klopse; and August E’s Fine Dining — perhaps the most un-Fredericksburg place in Fredericksburg with pan-continental cuisine such as the scallop hand roll, which recreates a burrito with seaweed instead of a tortilla.

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The Los Angeles Winners from the GAYOT 2012 Restaurant Issue

Patita, a pig trotter stew made with homemade chorizo, potatoes and cherry tomatoes at Picca restaurant
Patita, a pig trotter stew made with homemade chorizo, potatoes and cherry tomatoes at Picca restaurant, the LA winner of Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. list

by Sophie Gayot

If you missed Frank Mottek’s Business Hour radio show, which aired locally in LA on KNX1070 AM last Friday, April 6, here is another chance to listen to it. On the program, Mottek interviewed me about the Los Angeles restaurants which made the lists featured in the GAYOT 2012 Restaurant Issue.

The issue, which covers the US, includes lists in the following categories:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. – a tribute to the finest dining destinations in America

Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened recently
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which chefs serve the best steak?
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs 30 and under who are making their mark
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. – appearing in the Restaurant Issue for the very first time
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. – reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
and the U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year.