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Two Cambridge Restaurants on the 2018 Bon Appetit Hot 10 Shortlist

Pammy's and Yume Ga Arukara represent the Boston area, while two Portland, Maine spots are also Top 50.


Pam and Chris Willis of Pammy's Cambridge

Pam and Chris Willis of Pammy’s Cambridge. / Photo provided

Noodles ruled when the Bon Appetit editor-at-large visited Greater Boston this year. Cambridge restaurants Pammy’s and Yume Ga Arukara landed on Andrew Knowlton’s top-50 Best New shortlist. The magazine’s Hot 10 best-of-new list, which lands later this month, could also include Drifters Wife and Rose Foods in Portland, Maine, for New England destinations.

Pammy’s, which is Boston magazine’s Best of Boston: New Restaurant (2018) and Restaurant of the Year (2017), per the Boston Globe, is the debut from husband-and-wife team chef Chris and Pam Willis. Hand-extruded pastas anchor the menu, but it’s not a staid trattoria: the signature spicy Bolognese gets a kick from Korean gochujang, for example.

Yume Ga Arukara debuted in fall 2017 from the team behind popular Porter Square ramen experience, Yume Wo Katare. The new spot, located inside the Porter Exchange building, is devoted to beefy udon bowls, and rotating specials featuring the thick, Japanese wheat noodles.

Knowlton also highlights Portland’s modern, casual deli, Rose Foods, and Drifters Wife, a wine bar we’ve planned trips north around, among the “50 eclectic, inspiring, and very delicious nominees.”

The tastemaker has highlighted other New England delicatessens and wine bars in recent years, including Mamaleh’s and Oberlin in Providence. This is Knowlton’s eighth time leading the Hot 10 search, but it may be his final say: earlier this year, he left Brooklyn and his day-to-day role at the New York-based magazine.

The Hot 10 will be announced on August 14. Check out the full list of finalists on bonappetit.com.