More evidence that San Antonio's culinary scene is on the rise.  Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports that two local restaurants have made Bon Appétit Magazine's list of the Best New Restaurants in the country.

  The two top restaurants on the list are Cured, which is in the Pearl Brewery Complex, and Hot Joy, which is on South St,. Mary's in Southtown.

  Hot Joy Chef Chad Carey is excited about the inclusion.

  "San Antonio is really developing into a fun place to do food, which wasn't the case ten years ago," he said.

  The addition of the Culinary Institute of America campus in the Pearl Complex in 2008 helped propel San Antonio into the top rank of up and coming foodie locations.  Food tourism is increasingly popular, with cities like New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas City making big money on the strength of their culinary reputations.

  "It’s easy to forget that, as recently as five years ago, there weren't a ton of dining options in San Antonio," he said.  "There are a ton of great things that have happened."

  Many observers credit the growth and evolution of downtown as a key in the improvement of the city's culinary scene.  Many of the most popular new restaurants in the city are in the fast evolving Lower Broadway or Southtown areas.