America's Hottest Restaurants

1. Baxter Winery

8660 Hwy 128, Philo, CA
Wine Store · 5 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Amongst a bounty of tasting rooms in Mendocino, this Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired winery is a welcome newcomer, best known for its single-vineyard Pinot Noirs.

2. Balo Vineyards

9001 hwy 128, Philo, CA
Vineyard · 1 tip

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This family-owned operation invites guests to their new cottage for tastings. Sip a vintage Rosé while playing a game of bocce.

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3. Empire Diner

210 10th Ave (btwn 22nd St & 23rd St), New York, NY
Diner · Chelsea · 127 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Chef Amanda Freitag takes greasy-spoon food to new heights at this reboot of the Chelsea landmark. Don’t miss burrata with lox, or the apropos Happy Waitress: poached eggs, ham, and chili jam.

4. Brooklyn Fare

431 W 37th St, New York, NY
Supermarket · Hell's Kitchen · 31 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 65-seat restaurant has finally opened, bringing the outer borough’s most coveted reservation to Hell’s Kitchen. After dinner, stock up on artisanal goods, like the emporium’s house-flavored oils.

5. Domenica

123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA
Italian Restaurant · 266 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: You’ll find first-class pies at this counter-service offshoot of John Besh and Alon Shaya’s Roosevelt
Hotel original. Try the Bolzano: roasted pork shoulder, fennel, bacon, and sweet onions.

6. Helms Bakery District

8800 Venice Blvd (at Helms Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Shopping Mall · South Robertson · 4 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: In the 40’s, Helms Bakery trucks delivered baked goods to front doors all over SoCal. Soon, the former headquarters will house the revived bakery and marketplace, from chefs Sang Yoon and Sherry Yard.

7. Tacos Cuautla Morelos

438 E 9th St (btwn 1st Ave and Ave A), New York, NY
Mexican Restaurant · East Village · 45 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Even Chef René Redzepi of famed Noma loves this intimate, four-table taqueria in the East Village. Standouts include tongue tacos and house-made tortillas folded around soft beef suadero.

8. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1892 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN
Ice Cream Parlor · Lockeland Springs · 127 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Go Willy Wonka on this Ohio import, where flavors include Riesling- poached pear and goat cheese with red cherries. Worth two scoops: biscuits & peach jam, inspired by the Southern classic.

9. Josephine

2316 12th Ave S (Elmwood Ave), Nashville, TN
New American Restaurant · Sunnyside · 29 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The chef’s affinity for offal has adventurous eaters vying for spots at the communal tables. Start with molasses-glazed sweetbreads, before beef cheeks with horseradish risotto and rosemary crumble.

10. The Frothy Monkey

2509 12th Ave S (at Gilmore Ave.), Nashville, TN
Coffee Shop · Bellmont-Hillsboro · 139 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Reasons for this coffeehouse’s cult-status? An addictive caramel blend, indie-rock tunes, and shelves of crocheted simians. Go for the cinnamon-and-chili chocolate, but stay for Prosecco on tap.

11. Sloco

2905 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN
Sandwich Spot · Bellmont-Hillsboro · 20 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Author of his an eco-manifesto, Chef Jeremy Barlow is evangelical about sustainable cooking. Pig out on the Redneck Reuben, an assemblage of corned pork shoulder, Swiss cheese, and caraway slaw.