Four Texas restaurants — including one in Dallas — awoke to good news on August 2: They were included in Bon Appetit's list of America's 50 best new restaurants for 2016, determined by editors Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer.
Casual taco joint Trompo, at 839 Singleton Blvd., is the only DFW spot on the list. Austin grain-focused restaurant Emmer & Rye, Houston's farm-to-table Thai restaurant Foreign Correspondents, and San Antonio's luxurious Hotel Emma round out the Lone Star contingent.
"Owner Luis Olvera oversees the creation of some of the best tacos we've had all year," writes Bon Appetit. "There are three simple but surreal tacos: deep-pink al pastor, which reaches its crispy-juicy peak thanks to the trompo (the rotating vertical spit); bistek (beef); and surprisingly good vegetarian paneer-poblano, all set on house-made corn tortillas and sprinkled with onions and cilantro."
As impressive as the tacos may be, the quesadilla is a must-order too.
Last year, two Dallas hot spots — Luscher's Red Hots and Small Brewpub — were included on the list of 50 finalists. Only one North Texas restaurant, Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth, has landed on the prestigious "Hot 10" list.
We'll learn if Trompo joins the lofty ranks when Knowlton reveals his top 10 restaurants for 2016 on August 16.