This month in restaurant openings, a New Orleans chef is blending Senegalese flavors with Louisiana ingredients, and a beloved Seattle pop-up serving charcoal-grilled Turkish fare opens a permanent space. Plus, a new outpost for Ethiopian fried chicken in DC, hand-rolled bagels and pan pizzas in an unlikely San Francisco location, and chef Kwame Onuwachi’s first New York restaurant.
As was the case with many of the spots we were most excited to see open last month, several of November’s most promising new restaurants started as pop-ups and have evolved into brick-and-mortars. It’s a pattern we expect more of as food businesses that got their start during the pandemic set permanent roots, and we look forward to seeing how the creativity and risk-taking that made them so popular will translate into traditional restaurant environments.
We spend a lot of time keeping up with new restaurants, and there’s a lot to keep track of. To help you do just that, we’ll be here at the end of each month with an update on the latest round of restaurant openings across the country. We’re already doing the work in preparation for our annual Best New Restaurants list, but even when its release is months away, we want you to know where we’re most excited to go.
This list, organized alphabetically by state, includes both restaurants we’ve tried and ones we’ve added to our bucket lists.
A load of bagels and pizza at a San Francisco laundromat
There are generally pretty few exciting things about a weekly visit to the laundromat. But at the once-abandoned Let’s Do Wash Coin Laundrette in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood, the smell of detergent is replaced by that of hand-rolled bagels and coffee by day, and pan pizzas by night. The duo behind the historic Balboa Theater nearby have teamed up with the couple behind Holey Roller Bagels to open The Laundromat SF. In the mornings at Laundromat, you can order bagels to-go with a selection of schmears (like pickled red onion with capers or calabrian chili) and locally-roasted coffee from Grand Coffee in the Mission District. In the evenings, you can indulge in four different options for pan pizzas and salads—perhaps a Laundromat Little Gem Caesar with bagel chip croutons?—alongside a full beverage menu, focused on craft beer and natural wine.