Best of Flavor 2023

Flavor & The Menu’s 2023 “Best of Flavor” edition is a collection of 101 menu inspirations from our readers, showcasing the flavor-forward innovation taking place in menu development today.


4 Rivers Smokehouse | Based in Winter Park, Fla.

Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen | Miami Beach, Fla.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar | San Francisco

Adrestia | Sunnyvale, Calif

Andros Taverna | Chicago

Aurum | Los Altos, Calif.

Blue Jay Bistro | Littleton, N.C.

Bodega SF | San Francisco

Bojangles | Based in Charlotte, N.C.

Bombo | Los Angeles

Bonchon | Based in Addison, Texas

Boots & Bones | Jersey City, N.J.

Border Grill | Las Vegas

Bruxie | Based in Orange, Calif.

Calaca Mamas Cantina | Anaheim, Calif.

Cavaña | San Francisco

Chez Francois Poutinerie | Naperville, Ill.

Chi and Spy C | New York

City Barbeque | Based in Dublin, Ohio

Colibrí Mexican Bistro | San Francisco

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit | Based in Dallas

Dos Coyotes Border Café | Based in Davis, Calif.

Downstate Donuts | Chicago

E&O Kitchen and Bar | San Francisco

El Fish Marisqueria | New York

Ember Kitchen | Austin, Texas

Estiatorio Ornos | San Francisco

First Watch | Based in Bradenton, Fla.

Gott’s Roadside | Based in St. Helena, Calif.

Hannah’s Bretzel | Three locations in Chicago

Happy Joe’s Pizza Ice Cream | Based in Davenport, Iowa

Hash Kitchen | Based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Henley Modern American Brasserie | Nashville, Tenn.

High 5ive | Oakland, Calif.

International Smoke | Locations in San Francisco and Las Vegas

Interstellar | Santa Monica, Calif.

Jailbird | Based in Pasadena, Calif.

Johnston’s | San Diego

Kith Treats | Based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kowbird | Oakland, Calif.

Lantern Pizza Co. | Downers Grove, Ill.

Lardon | Chicago

Left Bank Brasserie | Four locations in Northern California

Lore | Brooklyn, N.Y.

Love Life Café | Miami

Lírica | Chicago

Mad Honey Culinary Studio in partnership with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

Mamnoon | Seattle

Mariel | Boston

Mod Pizza | Based in Bellevue, Wash.

Modern Market Eatery | Based in Denver

Morrison Healthcare | Based in Atlanta

Mortar & Pestle Sports Lounge | Based in San Francisco

Newk’s Eatery | Based in Jackson, Miss.

North Italia | Based in Calabasas Hills, Calif.

OEB Breakfast Co. | Based in Calgary, Alberta

One Market Restaurant | San Francisco

Pacific Catch | Based in Corte Madera, Calif.

Papa Murphy’s | Based in Vancouver, Wash.

Pincho | Based in Miami

Pink Love Donuts & More | Miami Beach and Oakland Park, Fla.

Polly’s Pies | Based in Placentia, Calif.

Pomella | Oakland, Calif.

Qdoba Mexican Eats | Based in San Diego

R&R BBQ | Based in Midvale, Utah

River And Wood | Boulder, Colo.

Robeks | Based in Los Angeles

Rosalie Italian Soul | Houston

Rozu | Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Ruka | Boston

Saffron | Locations in San Carlos and Burlingame, Calif.

Sajj Mediterranean | Based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Salt & Straw | Based in Portland, Ore.

Shula’s Steak House | Based in Richmond, Va.

Soif | Chicago

Sol Restaurant at Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina | Redondo Beach, Calif.

Soulmate | West Hollywood, Calif.

Taco John’s | Based in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Taru | New York

Tender Greens | Based in Los Angeles

The Bungalow Kitchen | Tiburon, Calif.

The Crack Shack | Based in San Diego

The Jones Oyster Co. | Greenville, S.C.

The Meadowlark | Chicago

The Mexican | Dallas

The Vault Steakhouse | San Francisco, Calif.

The Whistler | Chicago

Tim Hortons | Based in Toronto, Ontario

Tocaya Modern Mexican | Based in Los Angeles

Toppers Pizza | Based in Whitewater, Wis.

True Food Kitchen | Based in Phoenix

Tulsi Indian Eatery | Based in Los Angeles

Twin Peaks Restaurants | Based in Dallas

UMass Amherst | Amherst, Mass.

Urban Hill | Salt Lake City

Urbane Café | Based in Ventura, Calif.

Venteux | Chicago

Via 313 | Based in Austin, Texas

Yonutz! | Based in Sunrise, Fla.

Yum Village | Based in Detroit