2019 Best Restaurants and James Beard Winners

Chef Michael Solomonov rolling dough
Photo credit Jamie McCarthy

The votes are in and the best restaurants of 2019 are out. The James Beard Foundation, named for chef and cookbook author James Beard who helped revolutionize the way Americans think about food, announced its annual restaurant and chef awards on Monday. The big winner came from Philadelphia in the form of Michael Solomonov’s Israeli restaurant Zahav.

Zahav has been inching towards this honor for several years, beginning in 2016 when Solomonov took home the top cookbook honor for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. The restaurant and its team continued their winning ways the next two years when Solomonov won Oustanding Chef in America in 2017 and his pastry chef Camille Cogsworth scored a Rising Star chef award in 2018.

Zahav wasn’t the only restaurant in America honored. The awards recognize the best chefs in regions all over the country, so if you don’t live in Philly, here are the spots a little closer to home that you should go make reservations at immediately.

Chicago, IL: Parachute, where chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark won Best Chef Great Lakes
Washington D.C.: Bad Saint, where chef Tom Cunanan won Best Chef Mid-Atlantic
Minneapolis, MN: Young Joni, where chef Ann Kim won Best Chef Midwest
New York, NY: Via Carota, where chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi won Best Chef NYC
Boston, MA: Uni, where chef Tony Messina won Best Chef Northeast
Seattle, WA: Canlis, where chef Brady Williams won Best Chef Northwest
Oxford, MS: Snackbar, where chef Vishwest Bhatt won Best Chef South
Savannah, GA: The Grey, where chef Mashama Bailey won Best Chef Southeast
Scottsdale, AZ: FnB, where chef Charleen Badman won Best Chef Southwest
Los Angeles, CA: Providence, where chef Michael Cimarusti won Best Chef West.

Check out the James Beard Foundation’s website for the full list of winners and semi-finalists, any of which are absolutely worth a stop.