Townsman was highlighted for its exceptional seafood offerings, like chef Matt Jennings’s Grande Plateau, a three-foot-tall tower of local seafood tastes from oysters to Jonah crab claws.
The downtown Boston eatery also got points for its seafood charcuterie, which includes swordfish lardo and tuna head cheese. Townsman offers a traditional park charcuterie as well, served with pickles and mustard made in house.
Food & Wine editor Nilou Motamed discussed the magazine’s picks on CBS This Morning, saying it takes more than exemplary cuisine to make the list.
“It’s good food, it’s good ambiance,” Motamed said. “It’s the fact that the restaurant is so exciting, it’s more than the sum of it’s parts. So we criss-crossed the country all year long looking for talent, and this list of restaurants is really the 10 most exciting places that are new to eat at in the U.S. right now.”
Townsman received the honor along with restaurants like Locol in Los Angeles, which strives to provide healthy fast food options, and Shaya in New Orleans, an Israeli eatery that lets you forgo forks and knives to scoop up bites with fresh pita.
See Food & Wine’s full list here.