Travel + Leisure magazine just released its May issue, which recognizes its picks for the ''50 Best New U.S. Restaurants in 2009.'' Chicago has four new restaurants represented in the list: The Publican, known for its sleek design, stellar beer list, pork and seafood, Lincoln Park's classy Perennial with its American fare, Urbanbelly, Korean-American chef Bill Kim's communal noodle and dumpling shop in an Avondale strip mall, and L20, a higher-end modernist seafood mecca with renowned chef Laurent Gras at the helm. In the online photo tour, Travel + Leisure says, ''There's just no stopping Chicago on its march toward the title of America's Dining Capital.'' It's nice to see our fair city getting a little national recognition it deserves. New York, San Francisco and Seattle have more restaurants making the list than Chicago, but four is a pretty impressive number just the same. Houston, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Cambridge, Dallas, Glendale, CA, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Napa Valley, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, NC, Washington DC and even Peoria Heights, Illinois have restaurants on the list.
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