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Hot New Restaurants on the West Coast

Are you up on your city's latest food obsessions? From to-die-for steaks to fusion tacos, these are the most buzzed-about spots in the country. Been there done that? Do tell.

  1. Bouchon Bistro

    Beverly Hills, CA Read & Post Reviews

    Though mega-star chef Thomas Keller opened the third of his Bouchon series in late '09, it still tops the buzz lists. Slink up to the imported zinc bar for croque madame and boudin noir (blood sausage).

  2. Irving Street Kitchen

    Portland, OR Read & Post Reviews

    The rustic wood-planked Irving Street hit Portland in May, tempting with bacon-wrapped oysters, smoked short ribs and fresh halibut. Meat up at the charcuterie counter, drink up at the maple bar.

  3. Jimmy's Famous American

    San Diego, CA Read & Post Reviews

    Deviled eggs, happy hour and major onion rings are a few of the lures at this mega-meal tavern opened on the Promenade in June. Creme brulee French toast -- enough said.

  4. Luc

    Seattle, WA Read & Post Reviews

    French chic with an unstuffy vibe, Luc said entre vous to the Madison Valley in June. Delish food, yes, but also try the killer Lucatini cocktails.

  5. Morimoto Napa

    Napa, CA Read & Post Reviews

    Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto made his West Coast debut in July in wine country's new Riverfront development. Luxuriate in royal lounge digs over seafood and meat masterpieces.

  6. Prospect

    San Francisco, CA Read & Post Reviews

    Long-awaited Prospect opened downtown just before July 4. The sleek space complements modern American dishes like calamari with chickpeas, jalapeno corn relish and green tomato tartar sauce.

  7. Red O

    Los Angeles, CA Read & Post Reviews

    Are they coming for the food, or to glimpse charismatic star chef Rick Bayless? He's not there much, but he crafted the menu with his signature California-style Mexican cuisine.

  8. Test Kitchen

    Los Angeles, CA Read & Post Reviews

    The concept makes this place so intriguing: Rotating chefs take over the kitchen for a night, testing menus and concepts before opening new restaurants. Opened in August.

  9. The Walrus and the Carpenter

    Seattle, WA Read & Post Reviews

    Happy hour oyster deals and affordable cocktails draw crowds before 6 p.m., but the variety of decadent oysters keep them coming after dark. Opened August 2010.

  10. Wayfare Tavern

    San Francisco, CA Read & Post Reviews

    Food Network celeb Tyler Florence opened his American-themed space in June, dishing local and sustainable old-world eats like baked avocado, fried chicken and peach pie.

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Hot New Restaurants Across the Country

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Top New Eats by Region

West - Portland to San Diego
Northeast - Boston to Philadelphia
Midwest - Chicago to Indianapolis
Southeast - Memphis to Miami
Southwest - Denver to Houston