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GQ Names Venice's Tasting Kitchen Among Best New Restaurants

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'Tis the season for "Best of" lists, and the food world is certainly no exception. GQ magazine's food correspondent Alan Richman is following up his recent naming of The Best Burger (score one for Los Angeles, courtesy the burgers of Umami) with his picks for the country's Best New Restaurants.

The results span the nation, from New York (the top spot goes to NYC's Lincoln) to Austin to Seattle and other major cities, including Los Angeles, with the #4 slot bestowed upon Venice's Tasting Kitchen.

Local critics have lauded Chef Casey Lewis and his all-Portland brigade (they worked together there at clarklewis), with praise from the LA Times' S. Irene Virbila for their "performance art" approach to the dining experience and the LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold, who took delight in Tasting Kitchen's "quirky, oddly rumpled and lovable" charms.

GQ's Best New Restaurants of 2010, selected by Alan Richman

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1. Lincoln - New York, NY
2. Flour + Water - San Francisco, CA
3. The Kitchen at Brooklyn Fare - Brooklyn, NY
4. The Tasting Kitchen - Venice, CA
5. Grüner- Portland, OR
6. The Walrus and the Carpenter - Seattle, WA
7. Uchiko - Austin, TX
8. Menton - Boston, MA
9. Commis - Oakland, CA
10. Longman & Eagle - Chicago, IL