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There are lists and there are lists. In the restaurant world, one of the most influential and eagerly anticipated best-of lists is GQ contributor Alan Richman's annual round-up of the best new restaurants in the United States.

Richman's 2015 list, which appears in the March issue of the magazine, and which can be seen online here, has a welcome surprise at No. 20: It's Ananda, the new Howard County restaurant from Keir and Binda Singh, the Baltimore-based restaurateurs best known for the Ambassador Dining Room.

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Here's, in part, what Richman said: "Plenty of Indian restaurants aspire to elegance, but few pull it off as Ananda does, with its working fireplaces, dark wood paneling, oversize tables, and massive windows. ... Crab Malabar, a celebrated Indian dish, has never been so subtle. Credit goes to the use of colossal lump crab, equally celebrated in these parts."

On Monday, Binda Singh was still taking it all in. He said he had yet to receive his March subscription copy of GQ but had seen the news on his Facebook feed. When someone called from GQ a few months ago to fact-check information, Singh said it didn't occur to him that Ananda would be getting such a coveted accolade.

"I had no idea it was coming," Singh said. "You read about these amazing places in the magazine, and you're like, 'Wow."

We loved Ananda too, and included it in our own round-up of the most memorable meals of 2014.

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