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Esquire names Austin restaurant 10th among nation's best new restaurants

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com
Pulpo en su tinto dish at Comedor. [Stephen Spillman/FOR Statesman]

Texas’ modern Mexican dining scene is once again drawing raves from outside the state’s borders. Esquire magazine restaurant editor Jeff Gordinier today named Comedor to the 10th spot on his list of the 22 best new restaurants in America.

Gordinier wrote that the restaurant, which received a very strong review from the Statesman two weeks ago and recently landed at the sixth spot on our list of the city’s Top 50 restaurants, served him the best Mexican food he’s eaten this year.

“The best Mexican food I ate this year came from the kitchen of Gabe Erales, who seems to have merged the rampant creativity that he got from working at René Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up with a soulful reverence for tradition that he absorbed from his mom,” wrote Gordinier, who recently released “Hungry,” a book about Redzepi and Noma.

Gordinier praises Erales’ goat barbacoa tamal and quail milanesa (not two of our favorites from our review), along with masa spaetzel and a chocolate tamal from pastry chef and partner Philip Speer. We recommend the black eyed pea tostada, scallop crudo, aguachile, spaghetti squash tamal, pork chop and octopus.

Comedor was the only Texas to make the list that was toplined by Seven Reasons from Washington D.C. Read the complete story at esquire.com.

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