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The 2024 James Beard Award Finalists!



🌟 Exciting News! 🌟 Finalists for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant have been announced! And we’re lucky a number of them are right here in the great delicious state of Texas! 


What makes a James Beard Award finalist? A restaurant opened between October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023 that already demonstrates excellence in cuisine, seems likely to make a significant impact in years to come, and demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations, while contributing positively to its broader community. 


Texas Finalists:

  • Outstanding Chef: David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas, TX

  • Outstanding Restaurant:

  • Convenience West, Marfa, TX

  • Mixtli, San Antonio, TX

  • Best New restaurant: Barbs-B-Q, Lockhart, TX

  • Outstanding Hospitality: Gemma, Dallas, TX

  • Outstanding Bar: Las Ramblas, Brownsville, TX


Best Chef - Texas:

  • Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemó, Houston, TX

  • Christopher Cullum, Cullum’s Attaboy, San Antonio, TX

  • Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, Birdie’s, Austin, TX

  • Misti Norris, Petra & the Beast, Dallas, TX

  • Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, TX


Best New Restaurants - Nationally

  • Bar Bacetto, Waitsburg, WA

  • Barbs-B-Q, Lockhart, TX

  • Chez Noir, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

  • Comfort Kitchen, Dorchester, MA

  • Dakar NOLA, New Orleans, LA

  • Hayward, McMinnville, OR

  • Kaya, Orlando, FL

  • Kisser, Nashville, TN

  • Oro by Nixta, Minneapolis, MN

  • Shan, Bozeman, MT


The final winners in the restaurant and chef Awards categories will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Chicago on June 10. Media awards nominees will be revealed later this month on April 30, and awarded on June 8.


About the James Beard Foundation

​​The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability. 


The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a 501(c)3 organization that celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where all have the opportunity to thrive. Established over 30 years ago, the Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives and is committed to supporting a resilient and flourishing industry that honors its diverse communities. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the path to do so, the Foundation is working to create a more equitable and sustainable future—what we call Good Food for Good®. JBF brings its mission to life through the annual Awards, industry and community-focused initiatives and programs, advocacy, partnerships, and events across the country. 


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