Two Arizona Restaurants Make Bon Appétit Magazine’s Best New List

Bon Appétit magazine has just released its top 50 new restaurants list in the United States, and two restaurants in Arizona made the cut. Bacanora in Phoenix and Bata in Tucson were named among the liveliest places in the country, touted as examples of “how exciting restaurant culture is right now.”

The list was compiled with the help of the magazine’s staff as well as a team of contributors, who “texted each other with almost manic glee that we’d just tasted a transcendent bagel with marshmallow fluff and hot banana tahini jam..”, Elazar Sontag, the restaurant’s editor, wrote in the introduction.

Bacanora is back on the national stage

Rene Andrade’s Bacanora restaurant, which opened in the spring of 2021, has been in the national spotlight after being named James Beard Award Finalist.

He also did the magazine “Esquire” The 40 Best New American Restaurants last November, and I gave the restaurant a rare 5 star review in “The Arizona Republic” in March, for how the intimate Grand Avenue space is changing the country’s perception of northern Mexican cuisine.

A new Tucson restaurant also made the cut

Bata is the highly anticipated dining concept from the owners of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, a popular Italian restaurant built in a former funeral home in downtown Tucson. (If you go, you absolutely must get brussels sprouts.)

For Bata, siblings and co-owners Tyler, Courtney and Zach Fenton created a restaurant that’s both vegan and features wood-fired cooking similar to a Japanese robata grill.

I haven’t yet managed to get there to try it, but the Bon Appetit piece called it for its “expansive, minimalist industrial space” and an “a la carte menu resembling that of a true fashion nerd.” food”. A dish to note? “A flaky Malawian flatbread can be served with smoked carrot butter, dried egg yolk and labneh dip.”

The restaurants are divided into regions, with other notable restaurants in the West including the Good Good Culture Club in San Francisco, the Yangban Society in Los Angeles, and La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal in Denver.

Here is my list:The 5 Best New Metro Phoenix Restaurants of 2022 — So Far

Contact journalist Andi Berlin on [email protected]. Follow her on Facebook @andiberlininstagram @andiberlin or Twitter @andiberlin.

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