This is the third year Wine Enthusiast has compiled a list of the nation's top wine-driven restaurants. The list will appear in the magazine's August issue, which hits newsstands in early July. [UPDATE: The list was posted online on June 23.]
And it's another feather in the cap of FT33, the fine-dining restaurant starring chef Matt McCallister, which opened in Dallas' Design District in October 2012.
According to Wine Enthusiast, the restaurants on the list have established themselves as "standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambience and exceptional service."
It's the first time FT33 has appeared on this list. The other three Texas entries — Inn at Dos Brisas, Congress and Vino Vino — were all on the 2012 list.
The list wisely ranks each state separately — no interstate disputes, so we can all feel good about ourselves. But come on, only two states really matter: In California, the top-ranked restaurant is French Laundry; in New York, it's Daniel.
Texas winners on the 2011 inaugural list included Lake Austin Spa Resort, Samba Grill, Al Biernat's, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Stephan Pyles.
FT33's accolades are piling up: So far this spring, the restaurant has appeared on Open Table's Top 100 Hot Spot list; Food and Wine's People's Best New Chef for the Southwest region; and Nation's Restaurant News' Avant-Garde Tables list.
McCallister was also just invited to cook at the James Beard House on September 24.