Thrillist Releases "Prime 13" Awards List of America's Best New Restaurants of 2018

Oakland’s Reem Assil of Reem’s and Dyafa Named “Best Chef in the Country”
Company Release
November 14, 2018

NEW YORK, NY (November 14, 2018) – Thrillist is celebrating the best food the U.S. has to offer with the launch of its 6th annual Best New Restaurants in America awards package. Over the last 11 months, Khushbu Shah, Thrillist's Senior Food & Drink Editor, ate over 100 meals at the country's most impressive new restaurants, while also engaging with top chefs and exploring the latest culinary trends. The result is this year's "Prime 13," an awards list of the best new restaurants, which represent the pinnacle of American cuisine in 2018.

Thrillist has also awarded Oakland’s Reem Assil of Reem’s and Dyafa as the Best Chef in America in 2018. Chef Assil has worked to bring Arab food, specifically Syrian, Palestinian, and Lebanese dishes, to the community while simultaneously trying to destigmatize what “Arab” means in today’s political climate. 

Thrillist also named ice cream as 2018’s Top Dining Trend. During her travels, Shah noticed that chefs are putting just as much thought into a single scoop of ice cream as they are with show-stopping desserts. Boundary-pushing flavors can be found at several Prime 13 award-winning restaurants, which are also highlighted in the piece, and include the black halva chai ice cream at Bavel in Los Angeles, CA and the boozy fernet ice cream at Renzo in Charleston, SC.

Thrillist launched a special Best New Restaurants website today, which features in-depth written reviews, custom photography, and an Eat Seeker video –Thrillist’s premiere restaurant-focused series – for each Prime 13 winning restaurant. The site also profiles Reem Assil at her restaurant Dyafa, and offers a deep-dive into this year’s top dining trend.

Here are Thrillist’s 2018 “Prime 13” Best New Restaurants in America:

Houston, TX

Philadelphia, PA

Washington, D.C.

Minneapolis, MN

Detroit, MI

Los Angeles, CA

Oakland, CA

Washington, D.C. 

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Charleston, SC

Chicago, IL

Brooklyn, NY

Thrillist’s Best New Restaurants can be found here.

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