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Bon Appétit's 10 best new restaurants in America, the no cell phone discount, and considering the Sidecar on today's web roundup. 

Bon Appétit released their annual Hot 10 list of America's Best New Restaurants, including Nashville's The Catbird Seat and Cakes & Ale in Decatur, GA. 

Today in food items that no one asked for: alcoholic sandwiches

There can be only one: Chicagoland burger enthusiasts were baffled by erroneous internet rumors that Kuma's Corner would open a second location in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg, reports Serious Eats

Los Angeles restaurant Eva offers a 5% discount to diners that check their cell phones at the door. The real cost: depriving the Instagram community of your old-timey food shots. 

Esquire interviews the barkeep at Hollywood institution  Musso & Frank Grill. Among topics covered: the virtues of the Sidecar, celebrity guests from Rock Hudson to Harrison Ford, and dolts who order cognac with coke (they exist). 

Sidecar Cocktail

Know your classic cocktails. The Sidecar: brandy, triple sec, sweet and sour, and sugar rimming the glass. 

Nashville Restaurants in the New York Times

As many Music City dining aficionados may have noticed,  The New York Times  ran a lengthy feature on Nashville restaurants. There were some interesting geographical interpretations of our fine city (and the word "hipster" appeared half a dozen times, prompting some tattooed and bearded East Nashvillians to hop off their fixed-gear bikes and tweet their grievances) but the article deftly highlighted some fantastic Nashville restaurants well-deserving of recognition, and it's great to see the Nashville dining scene getting some attention on the national level. 

Restaurants featured in the article include  Bolton's Spicy Chicken and FishLas PaletasMas TacosCity HouseMargot Cafe and red-hot newcomers The Catbird Seat and  The Pharmacy. The piece largely centers on East Nashville, which has seen no shortage of foodie love in recent days. Tyler Florence and The Great Food Truck Race spent some time on the east side a couple weeks back, and Adam Richman noshed upon the  Asian flank steak sandwich at Mitchell Deli just last week for his new show, Best Sandwich in America.

With all this focus on Nashville restaurants, we'd be remiss not to mention our recently updated list of  Nashville's Top 100 restaurants. 6 of the 7 restaurants mentioned in The Times article are currently Top 100's, and other new additions to the list include GiovanniGojo EthiopianKayne PrimeThe Smiling ElephantSuzy Wong's Table 3Tavern, and PS Noodle Pot. Follow the link for complete details of our Nashville update


Props to The Times for recognizing Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish


The best burger bun in town, from The Pharmacy

Music City Dining Destinations

With CMA Fest descending upon Nashville, and the road to Bonnaroo passing through Music City, we figured it's as good a time as any to release our revised and updated list of Nashville's best restaurants. Whether you're into line dancing or noodling, a believer in Faith Hill or St. Vincent, we can all agree upon eating locally, right? With no lack of culinary talent in town and new restaurants popping up everywhere from Downtown to Murfreesboro, Franklin, Clarksville and East Nashville, it was no easy task narrowing down our favorites and shuffling the category winners. Without further ado, here is our list of the Top 100 Nashville restaurants. New additions to the Top 100 (not necessarily new restaurants) include The Catbird Seat, Giovanni, Gojo Ethiopian, Kayne Prime, The Smiling Elephant, Suzy Wong's, Table 3, Tavern, Bolton's, The Pharmacy, and PS Noodle Pot.

Other fantastic newcomers capturing our attention and appetites of late include Edley's Bar-B-Q (bushwhackers and bbq, oh my!), AM@FM, Gloria's Korean Kitchen, Pepperfire, Urban Grub, The Southern and Jim's Original Coney Island

Gloria 's Kitchen

(dolsot bi bim bap from Gloria's Kitchen)

All in all it's been an eventful year in Nashville dining. We've witnessed the arrival of possibly the most ambitious restaurant the city has ever seen in The Catbird Seat, which was named one of GQ's 10 Best New Restaurants in America. Along with The Catbird Seat, City House and the Capitol Grille garnered James Beard nominations. A few scattered food trucks have transformed into a veritable fleet, serving everything from cheese-stuffed gourmet burgers to jambalaya, hot chicken and Korean bbq tacos. East Nashville continues to gain momentum with the likes of Five Points Pizza and Nashville's finest beer garden at The Pharmacy. As the dining scene grows more diverse and ambitious while diners become more adventurous, it's still reassurring that enthusiasm for hot chicken and the meat 'n threes remains as steady as ever, if not increased. 


Hot Hen from Fleet Street Pub


Spicy Lo Mein from PS Noodle Pot

Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2012

The results are in! Food and Wine has named its Best New Chefs of 2012. With only 10 winners, all of whom boast impressive culinary credentials and white-hot restaurants, this ain't no Daytime Emmys or insiders' awards club. This year's recipients of the prestigious honor include:

 Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger, The Catbird Seat (Nashville, TN)

 Danny Grant, RIA (Chicago, IL)

 Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen (New York, NY)

 Corey Lee, Benu (San Francisco, CA)

 Jenn Louis, Lincoln (Portland, OR)

 Cormac Mahoney, Madison Park Conservatory (Seattle, WA)

 Bryant Ng, The Spice Table (Los Angeles, CA)

 Karen Nicolas, Equinox (Washington, DC)

 Rich Torrisi & Mario Carbone, Torrisi Italian Specialties (New York, NY)

 Blaine Wetzel, Willows Inn (Lummi Island, WA)

For full bios of this years winners, stroll on over to Food & Wine.

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