Texas Restaurants Make Bon Appetit’s Hot 10

As part of an annual tradition, Bon Appetit magazine scours the country in search for the top 10 new restaurants of the year. The list has been in existence since 2009. As far as job assignments go, having to travel around the U.S. sampling dishes from the best new restaurants doesn’t sound like a bad deal. This year, two sets of Texas restaurants made the list along with some fierce competition that came from the West Coast. Students attending culinary school in Texas may want to book their reservations at these eateries now – for a little extra studying, of course.

The Pass & Provisions
Named the Sixth Best New Restaurant of 2013, The Pass & Provisions is a unique dining concept. Although The Pass may differ greatly from Provisions, the two restaurants share a kitchen and offer unique dining experiences. Chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardener are able to show off their range of culinary skills and succeed in creating two distinct yet exceptional eateries in their new Houston restaurants.

At The Pass, guests can expect a fine dining experience as they are greeted by white table linens and exquisite food. The chefs themselves serve their dishes to the diners so that they are available  to describe the culinary journey they are about to embark on as well as answer any questions about the dishes preparation. The upscale establishment allows its guests to be exposed to the chef’s inspiration and experiences in order to create a more intimate evening.

Provisions is the adjoining restaurant that shares a kitchen with The Pass. For a simpler meal out that is more family-friendly, Provisions is where you’ll want to go for a long lunch or a casual dinner. Menus double as placemats and the walls are repurposed hardwood from an old church basketball court.

Jeffrey’s & Josephine House
Another set of Texas restaurants have tied for a spot on the Hot List this year. Jeffrey’s and Josephine House, both owned by Larry McGuire and located in Austin, Texas, come in eighth on the Best New Restaurants of 2013 list. While they have different feels, both restaurants exemplify fine dining. Jeffrey’s and Josephine House pay attention to the tiniest details and carefully cultivate a refreshed version of the old model for elegant eating. Flower arrangements, seating, warmth of the bread and butter, and the customer are all details that are highly attended to, leaving dining guests satisfied with their experiences.

Josephine’s House is open for lunch, Sunday brunch and daily Happy Hours, making it the perfect place to stop before heading next door for your dinner reservation at Jeffrey’s. This is one spot in Austin where you can easily enjoy a leisurely Saturday or Sunday. While both restaurants have been in Austin for decades, Chef McGuire only recently acquired and re-imagined them this past year. While he has maintained their traditions of simple seasonal foods, tastefully wines and personable service, he has certainly taken Jeffrey’s and Josephine House to a new level.

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