Are We There Yet? – 101 Best Restaurants In America

The Daily Meal reveals the best restos in the country.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

I received a press release this week about The Daily Meal releasing their pics for the 101 best restaurants in the great U.S. of A. Under the helm of editorial director, Colman Andrews, an eight-time James beard award winner and global authority on food and wine, the report takes on a massive feat: narrowing down the United States’ most eaten-at, talked-about, highly-rated restaurants, to a slim list of just 101.

A panel of nearly 200 judges (comprised primarily of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and assorted bloggers, from across the country) examined past years’ winners and offered nominations for new restaurants to be considered, and then The Daily Meal's editors added their nominations and prepared a survey that allowed participants to vote for their favorites.

The voting was based on cuisine, region, and a number of specific factors, including formality (of food and atmosphere), level of "buzz," and price range. As was the case last year, the spectrum of restaurants ranged from chef-driven neighborhood spots and avant-garde restaurants to iconic casual establishments. Each restaurant had the chance to be voted on three times during the survey. Finally, the percentage scores from each category were averaged to arrive at the final ranking.

Here's a listing of the top 30:

30) Bar Tartine, San Francisco

29) Masa, New York City

28) August, New Orleans

27) Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco

26) Franklin BBQ, Austin, Texas

25) Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas

24) Husk, Charleston, S.C.

23) Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, Calif.

22) Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

21) Gotham Bar and Grill, New York City

20) Animal, Los Angeles

19) Zuni Café, San Francisco

18) Commander's Palace, New Orleans

17) Per Se, New York City

16) Del Posto, New York City

15) Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Calif.

14) Alinea, Chicago

13) Daniel, New York City

12) Jean Georges, New York City

11) Shake Shack, New York City

10) Cochon, New Orleans

9) Girl & the Goat, Chicago

8) Babbo, New York City

7) ABC Kitchen, New York City

6) Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

5) Eleven Madison Park, New York City

4) Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York City

3) Le Bernardin, New York City

2) Gramercy Tavern, New York City

1) The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.


Happy eating!

Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at