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Gunshow Makes Esquire's 'Best New Restaurants' List

Kevin Gillespie's restaurant is one of 12 named to the list.

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Gunshow, the in-your-face Glenwood Park eatery from Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie, is one of 12 restaurants on Esquire Magazine's list of the best new restaurants in America. The list is part of Esquire's American Food and Drink Awards.

"Gunshow may just be the manliest restaurant in America," reads a release from Esquire. "If not for the giant painting of a boar that serves as the place's only decoration, it would look like an abandoned factory. You don't know what to expect, other than a kitchen so ballsy and hypercreative — pork-skin risotto, foie gras with figs and Coca-Cola reduction — that you can't figure on ever getting the same thing twice."

Gunshow touches on many cuisines, but focuses on modern Southern, serving up small plates, dim sum style. Don't worry, ladies, even if it's one of the "manliest" restaurants in the country, you'll be able to find something to eat too.

To celebrate the honor, Gillespie and fellow Gunshow chef Joey Ward are cooking at the Esquire American Food and Drink Awards party in New York City, serving up Georgia olive oil-poached white shrimp with green apple, buttermilk crème fraiche, celery, and wasabi; and open-pit pork ribs with Amish-style cream slaw.

Other restaurants on the list are:

  • Chi Spacca (Los Angeles)
  • Knife (Dallas)
  • Husk (Nashville)
  • Faith & Flower (Los Angeles)
  • Cask & Larder (Winter Park, Fla.)
  • Rappahannock (Richmond, Va.)
  • Nico Osteria (Chicago)
  • The Commissary (San Francisco)
  • Take Root (Brooklyn)
  • Tosca Cafe (San Francisco)


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