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OpenTable users aren't just logging on to the site to make reservations anymore -- they're coming back to tell others what they think. What are diners loving this year? The website's Diners' Choice awards tell all.
The company's list of 50 "2011 Hot Spot Winners" was fun to read, but many of the picks are perennial favorites. We were most interested in what's new on the scene. Lucky, the site delivered -- after compiling 7 million reviews, OpenTable has come up with a list of the 10 hottest restaurants to open in the past year.
Get the full list after the jump.
The 10 Hottest New Restaurants, based on highest user scores collected from OpenTable diners between March 2010 and February 2011:
1. Beauty & Essex, New York
2. Searsucker, San Diego
3. Lavo-NYC, New York
4. Girl & the Goat, Chicago
5. Cleo-SBE, Los Angeles
6. Kenmare, New York
7. Towne Stove and Spirit, Boston
8. Zuma Japanese Restaurant, Miami
9. Gilt Bar, Chicago
10. The Hurricane Club, New York
It's an impressive lineup, but with the exception of Chicago, the middle of the country is sorely underrepresented. What gives, Heartland?