Bon Appétit has 3 DC restaurants as finalists for America’s Best New Restaurants

Bon Appetit DC finalists
Himitsu is one of three DC restaurants named by Bon Appétit as finalists for America’s Best New Restaurants 2017. (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)


Bon Appétit announced today the 50 frontrunners for The Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2017, and three DC restaurants made the list: Himitsu, Pineapple & Pearls, and Timber Pizza Company. This year’s winners of the annual list will be revealed in the September issue and on on August 15.

“These are the tastiest, most exciting places we ate at over the last 12 months,” says deputy editor Andrew Knowlton. He and special projects editor Julia Kramer traveled 35,000 miles, eating more than 1,000 meals in 40 U.S. cities and small towns in search of the country’s best. The list of 50 finalists is now available at

Along the way, Bon Appétit uncovered a new wave of restaurant trends, including the rise of family-owned businesses, the celebration of second-generation immigrant cooking culture, and the boom in creative sandwich shops. “Going out to eat doesn’t have to mean a fine-dining experience,” says Kramer. “Chefs are making a wider range of foods more accessible to more people, and we’re grateful to see America expand her palate.”

Bon Appétit has published its picks for America’s Best New Restaurants since 1993.  This year, is bringing the journey across America to life through recipes, interactive features, and exclusive video content. To learn more, follow #BAHOT10.

The winners will be honored during “A Night With America’s Best New Restaurants” on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in New York City. The fifth annual party invites Bon Appétit fans to meet The Hot 10 inductees while tasting their way through the best food in America. Event partners include Alfa Romeo, Folgers Simply Gourmet, Patrón Tequila, Smartwater, Président Cheese, Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps, A to Z Wineworks, and Santa Margherita Wines. General tickets are $99 and VIP tickets that include a special reception with the winning chefs are $249, and they are on sale now at

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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