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Esquire magazine has named Corbett’s: An American Place one of the twenty Best New Restaurants. The November edition which hits newsstands next week finds Corbett’s sharing the company of Scampo in Boston; Mercat a la Planxa and Takashi in Chicago; Spruce in San Francisco; and Bar Boulud in New York among others on the list.

Esquire doesn’t have the article online yet so I’m going to quote from the press release the Corbett’s folks sent you.

"I feel so fortunate to have been able to bring my vision to the historic Von Allman mansion," said Corbett. "We've built on a foundation of Kentucky history and my amazing staff works wonders with Southern hospitality and top-quality ingredients to make every meal memorable. Our patio, downstairs wine room and state-of-the-art interactive tasting room are all elements that I think set Corbett's apart, and I am thrilled that Esquire has acknowledged our unique dining experience."

Esquire writer John Mariani traveled across the country in search of the best dining experiences, weighing cuisine, service and ambiance. Mariani praises Corbett's for the stylish restoration of the over 150-year-old mansion that houses the restaurant and for chef de cuisine Chris Howerton's balance of locally informed and international flavor. Mariani was particularly impressed with the hot-and-cold foie gras with plums and Southern Comfort gastrique and "Vietnamese Coffee", a chocolate mousse dessert with condensed milk, espresso jelly and cinnamon meringue."

I have yet to make it out to Corbett’s but this just confirms that I need to save up my pennies so I can have dinner there.

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