Bon Appétit has released its annual America’s 50 Best new restaurants. And as in 2012, two Atlanta restaurants, The General Muir and The Optimist, are on the nominees list.
Last year, Cakes & Ale and Cardamom Hill made the 50 Best list, and Cakes and Ale ended up on the final Hot 10 list, as chosen by the magazine’s “Foodist,” Andrew Knowlton.
Here’s what Knowlton wrote about The General Muir:
A real, New York-style Jewish deli in Atlanta? Believe it. The classics are all here: matzo-ball soup, piled-high pastrami sandwiches, lox-and-bagel. Everything from those bagels to the General’s pastrami is made in house, and nouveau dishes — like, gasp, poutine — join them. The appealing space, with black-and-white checkered floors and subway-tiled walls, feels less like the well-worn delis of days gone by and more like the ones of the future.
And here’s what Knowlton wrote about The Optimist:
The old-school fish house has been reborn in this outsize seafood emporium, outfitted in sleek white tile and floor-to-ceiling windows. The vibe of the vast, high-volume space is nautical-chic. The seafood-centric menu is built to match, with head-on Georgia shrimp in a buttery chile-lime sauce and clam and lobster rolls that would make any New Englander proud.
Check the full 50 list here: www.bonappetit.com/restaurants-travel.
The 2013 Hot 10 list will be revealed on August 14.
Think The General Muir or The Optimist will make the Hot 10? Think any other new Atlanta restaurant’s, such as Gunshow, should have made the 50 nominees list?
— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.