The Rest of the "101 Best Restaurants"

What about all the great places that aren’t on our list?

We probably should have tackled the 200 best restaurants in America, or maybe the 500. So many wonderful ones got left out. How could a list like ours not encompass… well… Spiaggia, Eleven Madison Park, Providence, Twist, Hakkasan, Charlie Trotter's, The Modern, Girl & the Goat, Má Pêche, Uchi, JiRaffe, Cyrus…?

All of those were, in fact, on our editors’ original list or were write-in choices by our panel of judges. For whatever reasons — pique, error, critical evaluation — their scores didn’t just add up to inclusion.

Here’s the complete alphabetical list of restaurants that came under consideration. All are doubtless worthy, and we reserve the right to patronize them at will. Oh, and that list of the 500 best? Maybe next year.


15 East, New York City

Alan Wong's, Honolulu, Hawaii

Avec, Chicago

Bayona, New Orleans

Bibiana, Washington, D.C.

Big Star, Chicago

Bistronomic, Chicago

Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, N.M.

Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House, Addison, Texas

Charleston, Baltimore, Md.

Charlie Trotter's, Chicago

Colt & Gray, Denver, Colo.

Counter Cafe, Austin, Texas

Crush, Baltimore, Md.

Cyrus, Healdsburg, Calif.

Daisy May's BBQ USA, New York City

Davanti Enoteca, Chicago

Doe's Eat Place, Greenville, Miss.

Eleven Madison Park, New York City

Extra Virgin, Kansas City, Mo.

Feast, Houston, Texas

Flying Fish Café, Orlando, Fla.

George's at the Cove, La Jolla, Calif.

Girl & the Goat, Chicago

Hakkasan, Miami Beach, Fla.

Hearth, New York City

Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Ala.

Hill Country, New York City

Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta, Ga.

Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington, Texas

Loteria Grill, Los Angeles

JiRaffe, Santa Monica, Calif.

Keens Steak House, New York City

Kokkari Estiatorio, San Francisco

Komi, Washington, D.C.

Kuruma Zushi, New York City

La Condesa, Austin, Texas

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant, Los Angeles

Lantern Restaurant, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Lark, Seattle, Wa.

Le Cirque, New York City

Lexington Barbecue, Lexington, N.C.

Lucques, Los Angeles

Má Pêche, New York City

Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.

Mary Mac's Tea Room, Atlanta, Ga.

Mastro's Steakhouse, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Max Downtown, Hartford, Conn.

Menton, Boston

Myron & Phil, Lincolnwood, Ill.

Nick's Italian Café, McMinnville, Ore.

Olivia, Austin, Texas

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Dallas, Texas

Park Avenue Winter, New York City

Pearl Oyster Bar, New York City

Picasso, Las Vegas

Ping, Portland, Ore.

Pok Pok, Portland, Ore.

Prime 112, Miami Beach, Fla.

Providence, Los Angeles

RDG + Bar Annie, Houston, Texas

Red Medicine, Los Angeles

Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.

Sally's Appiza, New Haven, Conn.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sea Salt, Berkeley, Calif.

Sepia, Chicago

Stika & Spruce, Seattle, Wa.

Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, Dallas, Texas

Spiaggia, Chicago

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Olathe, Kan.

Sushi Nozawa, Studio City, Calif.

Sidney Street Café, St. Louis, Mo.

Terroir, New York City

The Compound, Santa Fe, N.M.

The Little Owl, New York City

The Modern, New York City

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation, Houston, Texas

The Oval Room, Washington, D.C.

The Purple Pig, Chicago

The Royce at the Langham, Pasadena, Calif.

The Spotted Pig, New York City

Toro, Boston

Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York City

Towne Stove and Spirits, Boston

Townhouse, Philadelphia

Troquet, Boston

Trummer's On Main, Clifton, Va.

Twist, Atlanta, Ga.

Uchi, Austin, Texas

Uni, Washington, D.C.

Vincent on Camelback, Phoenix, Ariz.

WP24, Los Angeles

XOCO, Chicago


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I can't believe that there is only one restaurant in New Orleans in the top 101. OMG have you actually been to New Orleans and tried any of the other restaurants. I think NOT.


Um, two. Galatoire's and Commander's Palace. But there are so many more...but not that serve pizza!


The above list is the also-rans

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So very happy that Avec was in consideration. After moving from Chicago three years ago I still have dreams about the focaccia pizza with truffle oil and the chorizo stuffed dates! Hopefully next year it will place in the top 100.


Don't know how these were chosen but the only "contender" from St. Louis is FAR from the best restaurant we have to offer.


Sydney Street Cafe is by far my favorite restaurant - and we've tried most here in St. Louis. I have co-workers come to town and specifically request to eat there. To each his own, but I actually do think it is our best contender.

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