Making the BA long list is only the latest honor for BLT, which was also selected as one of Food & Wine magazine's best new restaurants of 2018. Most importantly, the concept won the CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Bar of the Year. Better Luck Tomorrow is the first local concept to appear on the BA top 50 since shuttered Thai restaurant Foreign Correspondents made the list in 2016.
Bon Appetit editor-at-large Andrew Knowlton and deputy editor Julia Krame don't offer any explanations for their picks — although who could resist the appeal of BLT's signature patty melt and seasonal cocktails — but Texas did well overall. San Antonio's Carnitas Lonja and Austin's Suerte and Sour Duck Market give the Lone Star State four entries. California leads the way with 11, but multiple representatives from cities ranging from New York and Brooklyn (three) to Washington, D.C. (three) and Seattle (three) demonstrate the list's diversity.
The top 50 will be winnowed down to an elite Hot 10 on August 14. If BLT makes the cut, it'll be the second time Yu has done so. Oxheart made the list in 2012.