The 50 Best New Restaurants of 2022

What to ask:
There are five omakase options in the sushi bar. The Chiso ($140) includes an 11-course feast. A la carte options are also available in the dining room.


the West

Bakanura

1301 Grand Ave. Unit 1, Phoenix, AZ

You’ll smell the baconora before you see it. The irresistible whiff of burnt mesquite meat emanating from Chef Rene Andrade’s massive wood-fired grill fills the air for the blocks, enticing passers-by and torturing hungry customers waiting. Oversized meats, whether whole chickens or huge steaks, are the star of the show at this Sonoran hot spot, and come to the table accompanied by an embarrassment of riches: charred vegetables, salsa, smoked beans, house-made tortillas, and more. However, be sure to pay special attention to the list of (usually long) specials on offer, as Andrade’s new ceviches and aguachiles is not to be missed.

What to ask:
Elote ($7); Steak of the day (MP dollars); Ceviche Day (MP); Caramelo ($14).

Bata

35 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ

A spacious, unpretentious industrial space is the backdrop at Bata, a fine-dining Tucson restaurant where a wood-burning oven touches every dish. The à la carte menu looks like one for the food nerd. The cuisine plays texture, smoke, flavor, balance and global techniques in every dish. Malwash crust bread may come with smoked carrot butter, cured egg yolk, and labneh dip, all singing in perfect harmony together. Those who expect meat in fine dining restaurants should be aware that while the restaurant serves meat dishes, due to careful local sources, vegetables make up the bulk of the menu. This is great, when all the vegetables are good.

What to ask:
The menu changes regularly. Malloch ($12); Smoked Cauliflower Custard ($16); Toast Ice Cream with Kettle Corn and Whey Granita ($13).

day trip

4316 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, California

Every meal feels like a dinner party at this wine bar – tilted – ‘brewing restaurant’. Tables fill up quickly, so come early (doors open at 5pm) and grab one of the small indoor tables or pull up a chair on the outside garden. On our visit, the stand-out menu included charred fava with sweetened sesame brittle and white jasmine ricotta, and hand-cut pasta with honey pumpkin miso and kelp pearls. But you’ll also want to order the most inventive small plates, designed to eat alongside a second or third glass of unconventional natural wine, or unfiltered sake.

What to ask:
The list is rotated repeatedly. Innovative pasta always shines alongside creative seasonal salads. Order anything that contains small batches of misos for cross cultures.

good culture club

3560 18th Street, San Francisco, California

The sentiment (and the staff’s first philosophy) at Good Good Culture Club is really very good. The food is better. Here the chicken wing is unwrapped and delicately stuffed with sticky rice, and the sliced ​​short ribs are gently washed in a sesame-cherry glaze. The service is bubbly, and the food is prepared with tremendous care. While there is plenty of space for dinner and drinks in the spacious dining room, the best seat is on the rooftop, where you’ll eat a variety of dishes that blend Asian influences while surrounded by lush greenery.

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