GQ's Alan Richman has once again dropped his list of the 25 best new restaurants in the U.S. (which won't be online until Monday; we got access to a print copy), and two of San Francisco's finest are represented: Kin Khao, which clocks in at #6, and Pink Zebra, which comes in for the #23 slot. Richman is full of praise for both, saying that despite being "ridiculously difficult to find," Kin Khao boasts "culinary powerhouses...[offering] some of the most complex and satisfying Thai fare in America," like curries that "explode from their bowls." He's snarkier about Pink Zebra, saying that he had to argue his way out of their no-reservations, no-sushi policy (since revoked), but admitting that once he had "overcome the sushi-Nazi policy," he "loved every bite" at the "kinder, gentler Asian-fusion joint."
D.C.'s Rose's Luxury, which was also named Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant this year, came in at #1 on the list, with Richman praising it as "the essence of what modern, casual dining should be." The rest of the top five: Portland's Langbaan, NYC's Momofuku Ko, D.C.'s Fiola Mare, and Houston's Pax Americana. Urchin Bistrot also gets a shout for "Hangover Food of the Year" for its Hiro sandwich, a combo of meatballs, bone marrow, fries, and jalapeño on an aioli-slathered baguette that he describes as a "cure for morning-after ailments."