A Deeper Look Into the No. 1 Restaurants for This Month's Foodable Top 25

Another month has come and gone, which means new data to determine the Top 25 Restaurants in your favorite U.S. food cities!

This month, we rolled out the top restaurants for Austin (NEW City), Boston, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, PDX, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

These rankings are based on May 2015 data from Foodable Labs in partnership with our sister company DigitalCoCo’s proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), the most comprehensive index for the restaurant & foodservice industry. (Learn how the rankings work here.)

This Month’s No. 1’s

Credit: Josephine House

Credit: Josephine House

Austin: Josephine House

Josephine House, sister restaurant of Jeffrey’s, is a fine dining institution located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood. Josephine’s is owned by McGuire Moorman Hospitality with culinary direction led by Chef Alex Manley and her team. Nestled in a cottage with a clean aesthetic, the restaurant features an intimate bar with marble background, dark hardwood floors, and stark white walls. Outside, guests can dine or lounge with cocktail in hand on the front lawn or patio. Josephine’s rotating menu is made up of eclectic dishes, all of which are locally sourced. Check out the full premier list of Austin’s Top 25 Restaurants here.

Josephine House
1601 Waterston Ave.
Austin, TX 78703

Pljeskavica | Credit: Instagram, Bronwyn

Pljeskavica | Credit: Instagram, Bronwyn

Boston: Bronwyn

Located in Somerville’s Union Square, Bronwyn — helmed by Chef Tim Wiechmann — serves up German- and Central European-inspired fare, including favorites like handcrafted sausages and schnitzels. This week (June 9-14), the restaurant celebrates Sausage Week by highlighting a different Bronwyn cooked, smoked and hand-cased sausage each day. Also on its June roster is Bronwyn’s “Tuesday Night Prototype” special, an ingredient-focused menu that features a different culinary prototype every Tuesday from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Named after the chef’s wife, Bronwyn’s interior evokes the spirit of a rustic European tavern/bistro with eclectic pieces thrown in the mix from the Chef’s own travels. Check out the full Boston Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

Bronwyn
255 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143

Credit: Facebook, Work & Class

Credit: Facebook, Work & Class

Denver: Work & Class

Work & Class initially made its first appearance on the Top 25 list for Denver at No. 1, so you know this cozy restaurant, known for its Southern, Latin and American cuisine, is a strong contender. Work & Class is as unpretentious as it gets, and that friendly neighborhood attitude is a huge part of the restaurant’s DNA. (They don’t even take reservations.) Work & Class’s three owners include Tony Maciag (co-owner/barkeep), Delores Tronco (co-owner/operations manager who also waits tables on Saturday nights), and Dana Rodriguez (co-owner/executive chef), each of whom follow the same ethos that Work & Class is based upon: “square meal, stiff drink, fair price.” And, of course, a friendly attitude. Check out the full Denver Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here

Work & Class
2500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

Credit: Instagram, Cleo

Credit: Instagram, Cleo

Las Vegas: Cleo

This month, Cleo jumped on Las Vegas’ Top 25 list for the first time ever, and landed at No. 1 with a Social Score of 184.82! Housed in the SLS hotel, Cleo is a venue inspired by the legendary Cleopatra, with a pyramid-esque entrance, Moroccan tiles, chandeliers and emerald-green hues accenting throughout. Helmed by Chef Danny Elmaleh, Cleo’s open kitchen serves up a seasonal menu of contemporary Mediterranean fare, all of which is shareable: mezzes, flatbreads and meat and seafood plates, as well as a highly acclaimed cocktail menu. Check out the full Las Vegas Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

Cleo in the SLS Las Vegas
2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Credit: Facebook, Seaspice

Credit: Facebook, Seaspice

Miami: Seaspice

Formerly known as Seasalt & Pepper, Seaspice is yet another restaurant to jump on the list for the first time this month at No. 1. With a Social Score of 166.73, Seaspice, which seats 300, lends diners a full sensory experience, with sprawling views of the Miami skyline and a waterfront location on the Miami River. Guests can even dock their boat outside the restaurant (there’s 550 feet of private docking space). Self-described as a “seafood brasserie and lounge,” Seaspice serves up comfort food met with sophisticated techniques and quality ingredients. Menu options include a gorgonzola pear with black truffle pizzetta, a rawbar, truffle brie tart, wood-fired casseroles, pastas and tons of — you guessed it — seafood. Check out the full Miami Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

Seaspice
422 NW North River Drive
Miami, FL 33128

Chik-Syl-Vain | Credit: Twitter, Sylvain

Chik-Syl-Vain | Credit: Twitter, Sylvain

New Orleans: Sylvain

Named after a 1796 one-act comic opera in New Orleans, Sylvain’s venue is packed with robust history. It’s been home to several NOLA notables, including brothel founder Madame Aunt Rose Arnold, also Faulkner’s muse. Now, it stands as a restaurant with Chef Martha Wiggins in the kitchen, preparing locally sourced dishes with a “no-nonsense approach to cooking.” With a comprehensive wine list and cocktails that exude creative character, Sylvain’s main menu features straightforward dishes that are well thought out (its starter section, for example, includes a Champagne & Fries combination). Menu items include pan-fried pork shoulder, braised beef cheeks, and a good ole root beer float (complete with caramel ice cream and ginger crisp). Check out the full New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

Sylvain
625 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cauliflower, asparagus, cherries & pistachios | Credit: Instagram, Ava Gene's

Cauliflower, asparagus, cherries & pistachios | Credit: Instagram, Ava Gene's

PDX: Ava Gene’s

With Joshua McFadden at the helm of the rustic Ava Gene’s, it’s no wonder the restaurant has a huge focus on local and fresh ingredients. A Momofuku alum, McFadden spent two years in Maine running Four Season Farm, which inspired him to look at food in a completely different way. But it was his time spent in Rome that influenced Ava Gene’s menu of Roman-inspired fare. The restaurant’s menu is a marriage of the two forces, including dishes like lamb mixed grill with fennel, asparagus and olives and spaghetti with artichokes, agretti and bottarga. Since 2012, Ava Gene’s has purchased more than 46,000 pounds of local produce. Check out the full Portland Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

Ava Gene’s
3377 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202

Spicy steak tartare | Foodable WebTV Network

Spicy steak tartare | Foodable WebTV Network

San Francisco: State Bird Provisions

State Bird Provisions is back at No. 1. This restaurant has received tons of acclaim from both local and national sources, including the James Beard Foundation (Best Chefs: West 2015), Bon Appetit and the New York Times, and it’s easy to see why. Boasting high-quality, creative food, meaningful service and a personal touch on its social platforms, SBP knocks it out of the Bay. Inside (if you can make it in — there’s usually a wait), you’ll find a plethora of frequently changed food carts, SBP’s vehicle of choice to quickly move its seemingly simple yet extraordinarily thoughtful provisions. Smoked trout-avocado chip & dip? Beer-battered butter clam with grilled ramp remoulade? Sourdough, sauerkraut, pecorino & ricotta pancake? Yup, the gang’s all here (and more). Check out the full San Francisco Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

Squash blossom, walla walla spring onion, leek scape, artichoke, lovage and diavolicchio | Credit: Facebook, Altura

Squash blossom, walla walla spring onion, leek scape, artichoke, lovage and diavolicchio | Credit: Facebook, Altura

Seattle: Altura

Located on Broadway E. in Capitol Hill, Altura is a local Italian favorite. The restaurant’s menu rotates frequently depending on local product availability, but to get a taste, a sample menu includes Pleasant View duck liver with rhubarb, mint, burnt honey and balsamico and gnocchi with asparagus, morel mushrooms, goat ricotta and summer truffle. For Altura, it’s all about the guest experience. A 10-15 course tasting menu, prepared for entire tables by Chef Nathan Lockwood, is also available. The tasting menu showcases wild foraged products, Puget Sound seafood and locally sourced heirloom meats & vegetables. But if you’re not up for that, guests are able to customize their own tasting experience with 3+ courses and the option of customized flights of paired wines. Check out the full Seattle Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here.

Altura
617 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA 98102

Credit: Instagram, Iron Gate

Credit: Instagram, Iron Gate

Washington, DC: Iron Gate

Iron Gate holds a lot of history. The restaurant, which currently holds a Social Score of 174.16, is owned by chef Tony Chittum and focuses heavily on local sourcing. Iron Gate originally opened in 1923 and is one of the most historical restaurants in DC, as it is the longest continuously operating restaurant in the area. The restaurant did end up closing temporarily, but was revived and reopened by Chittum in late 2013. Iron Gate features a tasting menu, garden & carriageway menu, weekend brunch, and weekday lunch & midday. Just to give you a taste, the garden & carriageway menu includes dishes like grilled octopus with gigante beans, radish and pecorino vinaigrette and oak-roasted asparagus with pickled mustard seeds and surryano ham. Family-style platters are also available, and include nightly whole animal rotisseries at market price. Check out the full Washington, D.C. Top 25 Restaurants list for this month here

Iron Gate
1734 N. St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20036