Don't expect the lines at Bad Saint to get shorter anytime soon.
The food magazine had previously released its 50 nominees, which included Bad Saint as well as fellow locals the Dabney and Tail Up Goat. As part of the nationwide coverage for its September issue, Bon Appétit also named Washington its 2016 restaurant city of the year.
The accolades aren't exactly a first for the city. In 2014, Rose's Luxury was named the best new restaurant in the country.
Bad Saint co-owners Genevieve Villamora and Nick Pimentel opened the 24-seat, no-reservations restaurant last fall with chef Tom Cunanan at the helm. Post Food critic Tom Sietsema gave it three stars and slotted it at No. 4 in his list of the area's 10 best new restaurants.
Bon Appétit deputy editor Andrew Knowlton is now a fan, as well. "Their food is personal, but it's so much more than just dishes they ate as kids," Knowlton writes of the Bad Saint team in the magazine. "Bad Saint is the kind of place I spend all year searching for." After tasting some of the dishes there, "I canceled my second dinner that night. (I don't do that.) I wanted more."
Knowlton and senior editor Julia Kramer traveled to more than 40 cities researching the September issue.
After Bad Saint was included in the list of nominees, Villamora said they had some of the longest lines they've seen in months. (So good luck getting in.) If you haven't yet tried Bad Saint's food, you can at least take solace in the fact that Bon Appétit will include four recipes from the restaurant in its coverage: pork, vegetable and tamarind stew (sinigang); coconut-vegetable slaw; yellow chicken adobo; and shredded sweet potato and carrot fritters, or ukoy, which Knowlton says is "as addictive as a Bloomin' Onion but 50 times more delicious."
Here's the entire Hot 10:
1. Staplehouse (Atlanta)
2. Bad Saint (Washington, D.C.)
3. Lord Stanley (San Francisco)
4. Morcilla (Pittsburgh)
5. Baroo (Los Angeles)
6. South Philly Barbacoa (Philadelphia)
7. Oberlin (Providence, R.I.)
8. Wildair (New York)
9. Buxton Hall (Asheville, N.C.)
10. N7 (New Orleans)