Best New Restaurant

Five on Black

This Brazilian-inspired restaurant opened a few months ago and continues to see lunchtime customers line up from the sidewalk to get a taste. Once inside, the staff guides you through a simple five-step process that includes picking a meat or protein, type of rice, side item, sauce and other toppings, all of which go into one big bowl. It’s quick and easy, and once you find a table you get to dive in for a mix of tangy and savory tastes. It feels experimental, like when you put all the random stuff in your refrigerator together, but without the risk of a flavor clash. Five on Black: 325 N. Higgins Ave., 926-1860,

Finalists, Best New Restaurant

2. Plonk: 322 N. Higgins, 926-1791,

3. Riverside Café: 247 W. Front St., 728-6655,

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