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Grand Central Market Only L.A. 'Restaurant' To Make Bon Appetit's Best List

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Though L.A. may have led the pack for the most nominations in Bon Appetit's Top 50 Best New Restaurants list, only one location made it to the final "Hot 10:" Grand Central Market.

Turns out their mega-makeover after being open for nearly 100 years paid off. The modern food court on in Downtown's Broadway District is home to the incredible pastrami, smoked fish platters, and throwback retro sodas at Wexler's Deli; mouthwatering meats and burgers at sustainable butcher Belcampo; earth shatteringly delicious and innovative coffees at acclaimed G & B; creamy and dreamy churros con leche ice cream at McConnell's; not to mention the many awesome taco shops, papuserias, and more that came before the new wave.

Can GCM make waves like Alma did last year, winning the award and another notch in the belt for L.A.'s food scene? We hope so. But one thing is for sure: there'll be some upset restauranteurs if they do, because it's more of a food court or restaurant collective than a restaurant.

If you haven't been yet -- the shame! -- you can take a virtual tour here. (Note: we did this video nearly a year ago, before the second and third waves of new shops came in, so bear in mind there's a lot more to see.)

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A full list of nominees for The 10 Best New Restaurants in America 2014 is as follows:

1. Rose's Luxury, Washington, DC

2. High Street on Market, Philadelphia

3. Estela, NYC

4. Tosca Cafe, SF

5. Westward, Seattle

6. Central Provisions, Portland, ME

7. Hot Joy, San Antonio

8. Thai-Kun, Austin

9. Maurice Luncheonette, Portland, OR

10. Grand Central Market, LA