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Best New Restaurants, 2012: Round 2

Written by Melissa McCart on

martysmarket2Last week we began counting down the year's ten best new restaurants, many of which are intimate spaces with focused menus. A handful elevate breakfast or lunch while others offer superb craft cocktails. 

Click here for the first round. Read on for more.

Teppanyaki Kyoto in Highland Park. July 2012

Plate glass windows display exposed brick and a blond counter at this variation of a cozy izakaya, a Japanese-style pub.

The newcomer from first-time restaurateurs Kevin Chen and his wife Shiho Jino offers a handful of first courses and a longer list of variations on okonomiyaki, such as Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Hokkaido, city-named mixes that feature combinations of shrimp, squid, beef, tofu, pork or scallops.

Seasoned diners gravitate to the Hiroshima-style round, stuffed with beef, pork and shrimp, yakisoba noodles and egg. Negiyaki-style offers a mound of diced scallions with beef and pork. The latter two are favorites for a rich yolk or a spring onion bite.

Yaki soba, soy sauce ramen and oden, a Japanese winter soup, are recent additions to the menu.

Marty's Market in the Strip District. July 2012

Regina Koetters hired Spoon's former sous chef, Matt Huggins, to run the kitchen and Cure's former sous chef, Andrew Stump, to steer the bakery at this beautiful market in the Strip.

The result has been inspired casual fare for lunch, weekend brunch and early dinner, as the market closes at 7 p.m. Marty's also features winsome seasonal produce and a terrific meat counter with items such as beef tallow and duck fat for gourmands.

The coffee baristas make a memorable latte, a fine pairing with house-made macaroons.

Marty's Market photo


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