101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow

#101 McCrady's, Charleston, S.C.

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You can't please everybody. I'm sure if you named the top 101 restaurants in Pittsburgh then you would probably piss off somebody.
All in all, it's a damn good list. Thomas Keller has 4 places on here because HE IS THOMAS KELLER. He's THAT good. Have you eaten at the French Laundry? If not, how can you say it isn't the best? As far as I'm concerned, Thomas Keller's home kitchen should be on here, but I think he is great. What I don't like? Thai food. But I can't say that some Thai places shouldn't be on this list.
So give them a break. We all have opinions and this list just showcases a few, albeit knowledgable, points of view. Make your own damn list if you disagree.
OR be more productive and make suggestions here. I'd love to come to Awesome Eatery the next time I'm in your city.
So, with that being said, if you come to Charlotte, please go to the King's Kitchen. It's an example of a high end place run by down on their luck folks that are getting a second chance at life. The profits go towards homeless and hunger-focused ministries. Plus, the food is damn good. Believe it or not, the corn is to die for. What's in it? Corn. And some pepper. I don't know what makes it great but it is. Hence, you should come and try it.
Now I'm going to go and put it on a list somewhere.

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Why is Manresa in Los Gatos, CA left off this list? David Kinch is a stellar chef, very innovative. His cuisine is Michellin starred

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Indeed, All the trendy spots with some Pizza and BBQ thrown in. Pathetic really. Or actually just lazy.

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The fact that the two restaurants on this list that are in Charleston are Hominy Grill and McCrady's shows how unthorough you were in making this list. Hominy Grill is barely a top 10 restaurant in Charleston and is number 59 on your list? Have you been to Peninsula Grill? McCrady's is a decent choice, though Peninsula Grill and FIG are certainly the consensus best restaurants in Charleston.

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That's not true. Although FIG is good, McCrady's is a level above. Hominy Grill is spectacular low country cooking for the price.

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Look I understand the idea of picking trendy restaurants for a certain list. But I doubt it should be called the 101 Best Restaurants. Maybe it should be called the 101 trendy restaurants that no one cares about. What I hate about these lists is that very few of the people who truly love food and also love preparing it ... Would ever be caught dead in these places (Unless you are from Yountville which is, according to these reviewers, the cosmic center of cuisine in the Milky Way galaxy). Loving food isn't about obtaining the best OX TAIL or Trendy Foams or even Ceviche on an edible Post-It Note. Those who love food and appreciate it, outside of these "Must Be Seen Eating Here" places on this ridiculous list, want to see places that offer real food for real people. Any restaurant that cooks for 6 patrons a night is NOT A REAL RESTAURANT. That's just someone's home kitchen. If 6 patrons qualifies you for this status then these people need to come have dinner with us ... By default we should be eligible to make the list. Heck I'd even charge them $250 a plate to make them think they were special, and give them a reason to brag about what they spent to their friends. I find these lists are about nothing but status. Some people think it elevates them, when the vast majority of us just think it makes them look idiotic for spending that kind of money on food I wouldn't feed to my dog. I wouldn't be surprised to see them place someone on the list for serving Bacon wrapped Crickets in a light rotten egg sauce. So in closing ... Give us what we'd rather see. I'm not talking about price either. Give us a list that celebrates the love of real food. Foods that evoke comfort. Foods that make you remember why you love food in the first place and remind us of the fond memories of home.

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Look I understand the idea of picking trendy restaurants for a certain list. But I doubt it should be called the 101 Best Restaurants. Maybe it should be called the 101 trendy restaurants that no one cares about. What I hate about these lists is that very few of the people who truly love food and also love preparing it ... Would ever be caught dead in these places (Unless you are from Yountville which is, according to these reviewers, the cosmic center of cuisine in the Milky Way galaxy). Loving food isn't about obtaining the best OX TAIL or Trendy Foams or even Ceviche on an edible Post-It Note. Those who love food and appreciate it, outside of these "Must Be Seen Eating Here" places on this ridiculous list, want to see places that offer real food for real people. Any restaurant that cooks for 6 patrons a night is NOT A REAL RESTAURANT. That's just someone's home kitchen. If 6 patrons qualifies you for this status then these people need to come have dinner with us ... By default we should be eligible to make the list. Heck I'd even charge them $250 a plate to make them think they were special, and give them a reason to brag about what they spent to their friends. I find these lists are about nothing but status. Some people think it elevates them, when the vast majority of us just think it makes them look idiotic for spending that kind of money on food I wouldn't feed to my dog. I wouldn't be surprised to see them place someone on the list for serving Bacon wrapped Crickets in a light rotten egg sauce. So in closing ... Give us what we'd rather see. I'm not talking about price either. Give us a list that celebrates the love of real food. Foods that evoke comfort. Foods that make you remember why you love food in the first place and remind us of the fond memories of home.

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My vote for omitted restaurant - The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland. The food is fantastic, and the restaurant is a leader in making local, ethical food choices. Also, strange that Frontera Grill made the list, which is basically an upscale Mexico City Taqueria, but Topolobampo, where Rick Bayless really works with forward thinking high level mexican cuisine, was omitted. I know that they share a space, but the food could not be more different, and Topolobampo may be the only restaurant of its type outside of Mexico.

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Not a single restaurant in Hawai‘i or Alaska on the list. Well, in some ways that's a good thing because if they don't consider Hawai‘i a part of the US then that's good for the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. However, I think they just thought continental US. Hello! We're out here!

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This article is ridiculous. Hey authors-- did you know that there are other cities in the United States with top 50 (or even top 100) restaurants than New York, Chicago, Philly, Boston, Miami and LA (and the other gigantic cities in Texas and California)? Try Charleston in Baltimore, or Chez Francois in Cleveland (or Michael Symon's top eaterie in Cleveland, Lola). Try leaving your favorite states and find out where it takes more than a famous name to make a great restaurant.

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I was thinking the same thing... the authors hit the obvious hot spots for high end restaurants and completely ignored the other 99.9% of America, where some of the really amazing finds are. Seeing NYC, Yountville, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago appear over and over again on this list made me realize this 101 "best" list was selected from a very narrow travel itinerary.

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