This morning, Eater critic Bill Addison has published this year’s edition of the National Eater 38. The group of 38 represents the outstanding restaurants across the country that defined 2016. In its third year, the list brings the award-winning Frasca Food and Wine back for the third time. Only 12 other restaurants have remained on the list for all three years, including Alinea in Chicago, Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City, and Benu in San Francisco.
"'Best' is the most subjective word in the English language, and narrowing down this group is as grueling as it is exhilarating," Addison shared. "Of course these places all serve wonderful food: avant-garde noodle bowls in Manhattan, soul-soothing roast chicken in San Francisco, Lebanese mezze in Michigan, the Russian layered salad known as "herring under a fur coat" in Portland, Oregon. Their culinary excellence is a given. But each of these restaurants also leads the dining conversation in their communities — and by extension, the nation. Together, they form a mosaic illustrating how we eat in this country, and how we build culture around food."
Frasca Food and Wine opened in Boulder twelve years ago, a venture owned by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Patterson. The two met while working in Napa at the French Laundry. Over the years, Frasca has been recognized through many awards on honors, including James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef: Southwest, in 2008 and Outstanding Wine Service in 2013. The team is coming to Denver next year with a new venture called Tavernetta.