And now Knowlton is back with his nominees for the 50 Best New Restaurants in the United States -- restaurants, he says, that are "changing the way we eat in 2012." Among his picks are a trio of local dining meccas: Linger, Pinche Taqueria and Pizzeria Locale, the last of which is hardly new, considering it opened in Boulder a year and a half ago, in January 2011. Then again, Knowlton obviously has a hard-on for Boulder.
In any case, he'll narrow the roster of fifty down to ten and announce those restaurants, along with his choice for the best new restaurant in America, on August 14.
In the meantime, here's what Knowlton has to say about Linger, Pinche and Pizzeria Locale.