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'Esquire' Best New Restaurants 2012: Southern Cuisine, Brooklyn-Style Dining Get Top Nods

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ESQUIRE BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2012
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Esquire has announced its best new restaurants for 2012, and we're guessing there's a few you may want to add to your "must-visit" list. But you may recognize several from Bon Appetit's best restaurants of 2012, namely State Bird Provisions and Baco Mercat (so those would go on the "really must-visit" list, we suppose).

Esquire's food and travel correspondent John Mariani selected his 20 best new restaurants in America while also looking at some overarching trends -- by his account at least -- such as "Brooklyn" aesthetics and the resurgence of Southern food. While Mariani has treaded into his fair share of controversy in the past (see: "Why Does Everyone Hate John Mariani?" and Eater's extensive coverage), this list does recognize some really great restaurants and food personalities.

Check out the winners below -- the November issue hits newsstands starting October 16. All text courtesy of Esquire.

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