UPDATE: Oxheart, the intimate tasting menu concept from Justin Yu made the narrowed list of the 10 best new restaurants in the country. Click here for more details.

Three local restaurants have made Bon Appetit's list of the best new places to eat in the nation, tying Houston with Portland for the most spots on the much-lauded roundup. 

Underbelly, Oxheart (pictured right) and Uchi were all included on the list of best new restaurant nominees. All three opened in the last year under well-known chefs and quickly won praise from critics.

The annual Bon Appetit list is compiled by the magazine's resident "foodist" Andrew Knowlton. Knowlton travels from coast to coast each year in search of the restaurants "changing the way we eat."

Most cities on the list had just one restaurant featured, with a few like New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles garnering two restaurants. Only Houston and Portland had three restaurants featured.

Next week, Bon Appetit and Knowlton narrow down the list to the Hot 10, among them Knowlton's pick for the best new restaurant in America. Here's hoping at least one of the Houston restaurants makes the cut.

For the complete list by state or alphabetical order, click here