Best of Flavor 2022

Flavor & The Menu’s special “Best of Flavor” edition is a collection of 100 menu inspirations from our readers, showcasing the flavor-forward innovation taking place in menu development today.


Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute + Nordstrom Restaurants

Amalia | Miami Beach, Fla.

Ambar | Two locations in the Washington, D.C., area

American Social | Five locations in Florida

Anzie Blue | Nashville, Tenn.

Apothecary | Dallas

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar | Based in Denver

Bad Mutha Clucka | Based in Pasadena, Calif.

Bad-Ass Breakfast Burritos | Based in Pasadena, Calif.

Bar Louie | Based in Dallas

bd’s Mongolian Grill | Based In Irving, Texas

Boulangerie Christophe | Washington, D.C.

Brookville Biscuit & Brunch | Charlottesville, Va.

Buxton Hall Barbecue | Asheville, N.C.

California Avocado Commission + Libelula

California Tortilla | Based in Rockville, Md.

Camp | Greenville, S.C.

Casa Don Alfonso | St. Louis, Mo.

Chronic Tacos | Based in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Church & Union | Nashville, Tenn.

Comedor | Laguna Beach, Calif.

Culaccino | Franklin, Tenn.

dLeña | Washington, D.C.

Duende | Oakland, Calif.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que | Based in Nashville, Tenn.

Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge | Dallas

Enclave Café | Based in San Diego

Epic Burger | Based in Chicago

Fazoli’s | Based in Lexington, Ky.

Four chefs share their winning burger and sandwich builds starring Bel Brands cheese products

Fredericks at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel | San Francisco

Frida Southwest | Oklahoma City

Funkenhausen | Chicago

Golden Corral | Based in Raleigh, N.C.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant | Based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Greens Restaurant | San Francisco

Harper’s | Dallas

Haywire + The Ranch at Las Colinas | Multiple locations in Texas

Hearth and Hill | Park City, Utah

Hildee’s Dine-Inn | Wimberley, Texas

Hot Johnnie’s | San Francisco

Idaho Potato Commission + Oakleys Bistro

Indaco | Based in Charleston, S.C.

Indo | St. Louis, Mo.

Intero Restaurant | Austin, Texas

Jack & Charlie’s No. 118 | New York

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen | Fullerton, Calif.

Le Pain Quotidien | Based in New York

Leku | Miami

Lure Fishbar | Based in New York

Ma Der Lao Kitchen | Oklahoma City

Mister Mao | New Orleans

Mutts Canine Cantina | Based in Dallas

NR | New York

National Honey Board + Garden Bar PHX

National Mango Board + Tesse Restaurant

Nina’s | New York

Nobu | Based in New York

Norms | Based in Bellflower, Calif.

Norway’s harsh environment offers the perfect conditions for premium seafood

Oak at Fourteenth | Boulder, Colo.

Ophelia | New York

PB&J: Pizza, Beer and Jukebox | Chicago

Pabu Izakaya | San Francisco

Planta | Based in Miami

Rasa | Based in Washington, D.C.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery | Based in Houston

Romano’s Macaroni Grill | Based in Denver

Rooster & Rice | Based in San Francisco

Roti | Based in Chicago

Rustika Café and Bakery | Based in Houston

Rye | Dallas

Sally Can Wait | New York

Seafood from Norway + Lysverket

Seed Kitchen & Bar | Marietta, Ga.

Solstice | Locations in Newtown, Pa., and Irvine, Calif.

Son of a Butcher | Based in Plano, Texas

Spark | Oklahoma City

Spring St. 2Go | Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Sunda New Asian | Chicago

Sushirrito | Based in San Francisco

Sweetbriar | New York

Sweetfin | Based in Los Angeles

Taco John’s | Based in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Testaccio | Chicago

The Driskill Hotel | Austin, Texas

The Graceful Ordinary | St. Charles, Ill.

The Holding Company | San Diego

The Mermaid Inn | Three locations in New York

The Salt Line | Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.

True Aussie Beef & Lamb + Nordstrom Restaurants

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council + University of Connecticut

Vestal | Lafayette, La.

Vestry | New York

Wendy’s | Based in Dublin, Ohio

Whino | Arlington, Va.

Wienerschnitzel | Based in Newport Beach, Calif.

Wolfnights | New York

Yamashiro | Hollywood, Calif.

Yogurt Mill | Based in Modesto, Calif.

Zitz Sum | Coral Gables, Fla.