Monday March 25, 2013 | 03:55 PM

I got an email this weekend from Jay Villani, owner of Sonny’s and Local 188, who is on the road in Lockhart, Texas, doing some serious “research” for his new barbecue place that’s opening in early June.

Villani is also one of the founders of Bunker Brewing Co. in East Bayside, and he was button-popping proud that Bon Appetit’s online “Drinks” blog had just named Bunker one of its 10 favorite nanobreweries in the United States.

The blog, written by Joshua M. Bernstein (author of Brewed Awakening, contributing editor of Imbibe and editor of Craft Beer New York), cited brewer Chresten Sorenson’s English-style Munjoy Mild, Beastcoast IPA and Riff Raff Rye Lager.

The other nine breweries on the list?

Sloop Brewing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Blind Bat Brewery in Centerport, N.Y.
Epic Ales in Seattle
Worth Brewery in Northwood, Iowa
Foggy Noggin in Bothell, Wash.
Witt’s End Brewing Co. in Denver
Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, N.H.
Verboten Brewery in Loveland, Colo.
Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, Ore.

Two local restaurants also got recognized Monday.

The website “Opinionated About Dining” once again named two Portland hot spots, Hugo’s and Miyake, to its list of Top 100 U.S. Restaurants for 2013. Hugo’s clocked in at No. 57, and Miyake was No. 53. Both places advanced up the ladder a rung or two from last year.

Thomas Keller’s restaurants, The French Laundry in Yountville, CA., and Per Se in New York, took the top two spots, followed by Chicago’s Alinea  in third.

You can vote for your favorites here.

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or
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