Four Texas restaurants woke up to good news Tuesday morning. Bon Appetit editors Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer included them on their list of America's 50 Best New Restaurants for 2016.
Foreign Correspondents, the Treadsack Group's farm-to-table Thai restaurant led by fishmonger turned chef P.J. Stoops, claims Houston's only spot on the list. Dallas taco joint Trompo, Emmer & Rye, the Austin restaurant where chef Kevin Fink mills his grains, and San Antonio's luxurious Hotel Emma round out the Texas component of the list.
"Through a relationship with Sameth and Lee Nget of nearby Khmer Farms, Foreign Correspondents fills out its menu with rarities like crispy water spinach, fragrant holy basil and lemongrass, and funky heart leaf," the magazine writes. "That means that their stir-fries taste brighter, their curries fresher, and their laaps more herbaceously nuanced than anything you’re going to find anywhere else on this landmass."
No restaurants from Houston made the list in 2015, but the city has done well overall the last few years. Coltivare earned a spot on 2014's list. Knowlton named The Pass & Provisions as America's sixth best restaurant of 2013. Oxheart placed eighth in 2012.
Foreign Correspondents will learn whether it joins those lofty ranks on August 16 when Knowlton reveals his "Hot 10" of the country's best new restaurants.