Four New England restaurants land on Bon Appétit’s ‘Best’ list

If you like to eat, head to Portland, Maine, for two of the best new restaurants in America.

Bon Appétit released its list of 50 nominees for the 10 best new restaurants in America. Here’s a quick look at the four New England establishments that made the cut.

Loyal Nine: Cambridge, Massachusetts

The “East Coast Revival’’ restaurant opened its doors in March 2015. Its decor is minimalist—simple benches, wooden tables, and sparse wall art—but the menu is the opposite. Patrons have their choice of bone marrow dumplings, braised lobster, whole roasted aged duck, and more. Simpler fare can be found a few steps away: the restaurant has an adjoining cafe inside a garage and extending (if the door is up) onto an outdoor patio.

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To complete its charm, co-owner Rebecca Theris handmakes the pottery used in the restaurant.

Grilled Pork Heart with Peaches + Leicestershire sauce #newengland

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The Dining Room at the White Hart Inn: Salisbury, Connecticut

In the foothills of the Berkshires, this country inn with a wide, white porch out front houses a bit of international flair. British chef Annie Wayte, whose CV includes stints at some of the top restaurants in London and New York, creates succulent dishes from locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Winter vegetable curry, roasted monkfish, and braised beef cheeks are a few of the items on their ever-changing dining room menu.

Not from the Connecticut area? Consider taking a weekend trip: The New York Times raved, “The restaurant alone is worth the trip.’’

From today's lunch: smoked salmon, dill and potato quiche

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East Ender: Portland, Maine

This gastropub is the brainchild of food truck owners Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy. The two expanded from the success of the SmallAxe Food Truck to the stationary brick walls of East Ender in the Old Port. With lunch, brunch, dinner, and dessert and cuisine ranging from Korean to Latin American, East Ender defines having something for everyone.

Chicken fried sweetbreads, smoked roasted lamb shoulder, and miso marinated black cod are just a few of the items on their extensive menu.

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Tandem Coffee + Bakery: Portland, Maine

Another gem in Portland, this 1960s gas station-turned-laundromat-turned bakery is in the West End of the city. Inside its retro walls, the aesthetic is all colorblocked walls, metal stools, and sleek, sharp corners.

Though an East Bayside Tandem cafe and roastery has been around for a few years, the newly opened bakery offers far more in the way of confections. Head baker Briana Holt called the cafe “pretty pie-centric’’ with plenty of other draws, including chocolate chip cookies and freshly baked bread thats “crazy delicious.’’

We've got pies for days (by the slice or whole). Both Tandems will be opening at 8am tomorrow. It's going to be SO great.

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The list of nominees will be pared down to 10 by August 18. For the full list of restaurants, visit Bon Appétit.

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