For our annual Hot 10 list, we dined at hundreds of restaurants, traveled thousands of miles, and devoured something like a million calories—all in search of the country’s best new places to eat. Here are the breakout spots you should be planning your next trip around.
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    AL's Place, San Francisco
    To fully appreciate our restaurant of the year, step inside the obsessive, fanatical, and wildly creative world of Chef Aaron London. Trust us, it's worth the trip.
  2. 2.
    Gjusta, Los Angeles
    It's a juice bar-bakery-deli-pizzeria-coffee shop-smokehouse—you get the idea. Is there anything this ambitious, do-everything spot doesn't do well?
  3. 3.
    Petit Trois, Los Angeles
    What happens when you apply four-star precision to the most classic and comforting cuisine on the planet? Behold, Ludo Lefebvre's ode to the bistro.
  4. 4.
    Semilla, Brooklyn
    At this intimate tasting counter, every inspired dish comes with a backstory—and every vegetable gets a chance to be front and center.
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    Parachute, Chicago
    At this Korean mom-and-pop shop gone delectably rogue, the only traditional thing about the bibimbap is the bowl its served in.
  6. 6.
    Dai Due, Austin
    Jesse Griffiths is also a butcher but unlike most of his pork-obsessed brethren, his favorite meat to work with is also America's favorite to eat: chicken.
  7. 7.
    Kindred, Davidson
    Here's the pitch: Young couple move back to husband's tiny hometown to open a restaurant. Turns out they're not just running a business—they're building a community.
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    Rintaro, San Francisco
    East (Japan) meets West (California) at this izakaya, where it's all about the details, from the rice (made every 45 minutes) to the hand-hewn cedar bar.
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    Manolin, Seattle
    The star of the menu at this dream seafood spot isn't the daily catch, it's the seasonal mole—a mysterious sauce with more ingredients than we can remember.
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    Milktooth, Indianapolis
    A daytime-only shrine to putting an egg on it proves that brunch can—no, should—be the most interesting, inspiring, and ridiculously delicious meal of the day.