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What Was The Hottest New Restaurant in Your State in 2017?

Happy (almost) New Year! As 2017 comes to an end, we look back at all the good things that happened in the big 2-0-1-7 and pay tribute to all the wonderful local businesses that opened this year.

To create this list, our experts in the Yelp Data Lab identified the restaurants that were added to Yelp in 2017 and ranked the highest in their state, based on a formula that takes into account the number of reviews and star ratings. And we noticed a couple of trends…

Greek and Mediterranean restaurants! Many new openings in 2017 were inspired by southern European cuisine, with top spots opening up in states such as Connecticut, Nevada and Ohio. Falafel, gyros and shawarma, oh my!

 Seems like fast casual style dining was in and sit down restaurants were out in 2017. Many new restaurants are copying from the playbook of chains such as Chipotle and shifting to a model that does not offer full table service. These spots ranged in types of fare as well, including empanadas, poke, Korean and traditional barbecue. Something for everyone to love and grab fast.

Check out the list yourself. The spots below are among the best restaurants where you can eat a meal in every state that opened in 2017 so you can see what goodness this year brought to your neck of the woods.



Biz Name

Yelp Link

AK Anchorage Froth & Forage Coffeehouse and Eatery
AL Foley The Forge Pizzeria
AR Bentonville Ozark Mountain Bagel
AZ San Tan Valley Lola Empanada
CA Los Angeles Strada Eateria & Coffee
CO Denver Turtle Boat
CT Plantsville Crazy Greek
DC Washington Falafel Inc
DE Middletown Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli
FL Sarasota Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill
GA Alpharetta The Local Wood Fired Grill
HI Honolulu Tonkatsu Tamafuji
IA Des Moines St. Kilda Cafe and Bakery
ID Nampa Sushi Sushi
IL Chicago La Nonna
IN Indianapolis CoreLife Eatery
KS Olathe Hong Kong Star Restaurant
KY Louisville Kathmandu Kitchen & Bar
LA Lafayette Zorbas
MA Dedham Roadworthy
MD Baltimore Pho Bac
ME Portland Coffee ME Up
MI Munising Tracey’s
MN Saint Paul Brunson’s Pub
MO Branson Gettin’ Basted
MS Pearl Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi – Pearl
MT Big Sky Horn & Cantle
NC Wilmington Savorez
ND Bismarck Noodlezip
NE Omaha Saddle Creek Breakfast Club
NH Manchester Daw Kun Thai
NJ Pompton Lakes Chanos Latin Kitchen
NM Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Fresh Bistro
NV Henderson HUMMUS
NY New York Mughlai
OH Cleveland Boaz Cafe
OK Hochatown Rolling Fork Takery
OR Bend Bos Taurus
PA Lancaster Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen
RI Providence Garden Of Eve Restaurant
SC Charleston Stella’s
SD Custer Dakota BBQ
TN Murfreesboro Cup Pop
TX El Paso Viet Restaurant
UT Taylorsville Chopfuku Sushi Bar and Asian Cuisine
VA Manassas Park Tortino Mare
VT Jamaica North Country General
WA Seattle FOB Poke Bar
WI Milwaukee Santino’s Little Italy
WV Bridgeport Ali’s Mediterranean Cuisine
WY Jackson Glorietta Trattoria