It’s an incredibly impressive accolade given the pool of potential winners: new restaurants around the entire country.
The writer points to “ultra-fresh ingredients in flavorful, straightforward dishes” as reasons for the restaurant clinching its spot on the list. Even more flattering, this quote:
“If I made a list of my top-ten dishes of 2011, three would come from Olexy’s new big-city spot: braised rabbit with handkerchief pasta, soft-shell crab with spicy fennel pickle, and, above all else, golden potato gnocchi with succotash and lemon-brown butter.”
Despite the recent chef shakeup at Talula’s Garden, obviously something over there is going very, very right.
The Best New Restaurants in America in 2011 [Bon Appetit]