Kemuri Tatsu-ya, the already-beloved Japanese Texan izakaya in Holly from the Ramen Tatsu-ya team, and June’s, the all-day cafe and wine bar from McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group on South Congress, nabbed spots on Bon Appetit’s long list of the 50 best new restaurants of America in 2017.
This is after Eater critic Bill Addison dropped his picks for the best new restaurants in the country last week, which also included Kemuri. Likewise, Food and Wine named June's as one of its restaurants of the year in May.
Bon Appetit saw June's as the embodiment of its "ideal wine bar" because of colors and the neon signage and a menu that is "a little bit healthy, a little bit indulgent.” From Kemuri, it loved the brisket ramen, the restaurant's take on Hot Pockets with tofu and brisket, and the chinmi array.
It’s curious that wine bar and restaurant June’s, which opened last year, is still eligible for the list since it opened a year ago, but the publication doesn't note what its restaurant selection criteria is. (Kemuri debuted in January.) Another notable Austin newcomer not included is Philip Speer’s French-American Bonhomie, which opened in March.
Bon Appetit’s list will be narrowed down to the top ten restaurants of the country, publishing on Tuesday, August 15.
Last year, Emmer & Rye made Bon Appetit’s 50 list of best restaurants, but no Austin restaurants made the top ten. In 2016, Dai Due and (the no-longer) Gardner made the long list as well.
- Best New Restaurants in America [Bon Appetit]
- Kemuri Tatsu-ya [Bon Appetit]
- June’s All Day [Bon Appetit]
- All Coverage of Kemuri [EATX]
- All Coverage of June’s [EATX]