The accolades continue to pour in for modern East Austin Mexican restaurant Suerte. Food & Wine editor Jordana Rothman today named the restaurant from owner Sam Hellman-Mass and chef Fermin Nunez to its list of the 10 best new restaurants in America.
The list from Rothman, the guiding voice behind the magazine’s restaurant coverage, including its selection of the Best New Chefs in America, is ranked for the first time, and Suerte took the number two spot.
Rothman was particularly drawn to the housemade masa from Nunez, writing, “His resulting masa is the earthy bedrock that supports everything at Suerte. Núñez pounds it into supple tortillas that hold what may be the world’s most extravagant suadero—confit brisket soaked in a sesame-and-smoked-chile riff on salsa macha that Núñez calls 'black magic oil.'"
Hellman-Mass, who is planning a new restaurant in the old Eastside Cafe Space on Manor Road, says he was honored by the milestone.
"We wouldn't be here without the hard work of our entire staff and the great ingredients from our local farmers and purveyors," Hellman-Mass said. "It has been so much fun sharing our handmade tortillas and the flavors of Mexico with everyone who has come to dine with us in East Austin! Thank you so much to our community in Austin and friends from around the world for supporting our restaurant."
The honor for Suerte, which opened in the spring of 2018, comes after raves from the Statesman and Texas Monthly few months after opening, as well as inclusion on the best new restaurants lists last year from GQ and others.
Suerte is joined on the list that also includes Houston restaurant Indigo at number seven and is top-lined by Cadence in Philadelphia. For the complete list, visit foodandwine.com.
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