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2014-02-21 04:30:43 PM  
This is most certainly a bookmark... there couple of places on the list around here that I haven't tried yet.
 
2014-02-21 04:40:19 PM  
Meh
I can also save a bundle by cooking all that at home.
Plus, they are too far to drive.
 
2014-02-21 04:46:59 PM  
Well, at least it's not a top 10 list...
 
2014-02-21 05:04:27 PM  
I've made in to 6 of them, but I wouldn't put Galatoires of NOLA on the list. Great ambiance but OK food.

Commander's Palace for sure though.
 
2014-02-21 05:15:40 PM  
The Inn at Little Washington remains one of the only restaurants I've ever dined in where the final bill was completely, utterly, totally absurd, easily enough for two people to have flown to Europe, and I left feeling like it was actually somehow worth the experience. It truly is that good.  I don't know that I'd recommend *staying* there, mind you. There are B&Bs in the vicinity that are every bit as nice and a fraction of the cost. But the food and service, my god.

I'll be in Napa at the end of March and I've been toying with the idea of trying the French Laundry. Not sure yet, though.
 
2014-02-21 05:21:12 PM  
www.restaurants.com
 
2014-02-21 05:24:34 PM  
Heh, A slideshow with 101 slides?
 
2014-02-21 05:24:58 PM  
49 & 28,  That's it for me.
 
2014-02-21 05:25:08 PM  
 
2014-02-21 05:25:24 PM  
NO farkING OLIVE GARDEN?!?!?!?


THIS LIST IS BULLshiat!!!!!!
 
2014-02-21 05:25:30 PM  
Haven't rtfa yet (can't break Fark tradition) but I assume there are no Baltimore restaurants on the list. All Baltimore dining descriptions begin with "mediocre" at best.
 
2014-02-21 05:25:34 PM  
I've eaten at over a dozen on that list (In NYC, Austin, Houston, NOLA) and am not particularly wealthy..  Eating out is not prohibitively expensive, even at the top end places.  Its not a regular thing, but it ain't exclusively for millionaires.

/drinking a lot there can get pricey

vudukungfu: Meh
I can also save a bundle by cooking all that at home.


Even the best chefs don't have the diversity of training to cook all the styles at these various places at home to that level of quality.   If you can cook that well, you are probably leaving some money on the table doing whatever it is that you do.
 
2014-02-21 05:26:59 PM  
 
2014-02-21 05:30:12 PM  
Unsurprisingly off the list...
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2014-02-21 05:32:11 PM  
Rather than wait in line at Hominy Grill, go across the street and get a table at  Lana.  You won't regret it.

That said, Husk is worth the wait for a reservation.  Sean is a really nice guy, who loves his veggies.  If you're in Charleston trying any of our places on that list, be sure to stop by The Griffon - odds are that's where I'll be.
 
2014-02-21 05:32:14 PM  
Been to Hominy Grill and Joe's Stone Crab (Although I was like 5 for that one)...

I keep meaning to go to Husk and just keep not getting there.

But, all and all, I'd just as soon eat at:

posting.charlestoncitypaper.com
 
2014-02-21 05:34:55 PM  
I'd rather eat with some of the Farkers that have a foodie group on Facebook.
 
2014-02-21 05:36:32 PM  
I've eaten at all of the New Orleans restaurants listed and would put Galatoire's last out of them. Still very good, but Hersaint and August in particular were much better. I also really like Besh's more casual restaurant, Luke.
That said, some of the best food in NOLA can be had for less than $10.
 
2014-02-21 05:36:50 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: I'd rather eat with some of the Farkers that have a foodie group on Facebook.


No joke.  I avoid those threads, they make me hungry.
 
2014-02-21 05:38:02 PM  
I lived in Chicago for 10 years and had some amazing meals there.

Still own a condo there and will be back at some point to do maintain it. And when I do, the thing I look forward to the most is my Mexican Restaurant. I live in Southern California and haven't found a place that compares.

It's not quite a dive, but definitely not "fine dining". But the meals are good, the margaritas are unlike any others I've had anywhere, and the fresh salsa & chips are awesome. The service is crap, but if you sit at the bar, you'll inevitably strike up a conversation with one or more of the regulars.

For you Chicago folks (and I know there are plenty here), it's Fernando's. It's on Lincoln, north of the Paulina stop. I won't dispute that it's not the best food you've ever had, but you can't beat the atmosphere for my money.
 
2014-02-21 05:38:43 PM  
I failed to make it to Commander's Palace when I was in New Orleans, and have only myself to blame.
 
2014-02-21 05:39:56 PM  
I'm surprised The Herb Farm (Woodinville, WA) didn't make the list.
 
2014-02-21 05:41:02 PM  

brimed03: Smeggy Smurf: I'd rather eat with some of the Farkers that have a foodie group on Facebook.

No joke.  I avoid those threads, they make me hungry.


They make me want to get a pizza steel
 
2014-02-21 05:47:00 PM  
Just based on decor, I don't think I'd want to eat at a single one of those NYC restaurants.  Cold, austere, uncomfortable.

New York Chic.  Yuck.

/Grew up 45 min from NYC
//I hate NYC though.
 
2014-02-21 05:47:56 PM  
LOL I stopped reading at Al Di La, Brooklyn.

That place is fine, there's nothing wrong with it, but I've had better Italian food in Connecticut. It's way overhyped.

Also this list is weirdly DC-heavy. Food in DC sucks. It's gotten better, but it still sucks. Half of those places don't belong on this list.

Sounds like basically "the writer's favorite restaurants he personally has been to that weren't terrible"
 
2014-02-21 05:48:34 PM  

brimed03: Haven't rtfa yet (can't break Fark tradition) but I assume there are no Baltimore restaurants on the list. All Baltimore dining descriptions begin with "mediocre" at best.




Woodberry Kitchen would beg to differ. As would Joe Squared.
 
2014-02-21 05:49:55 PM  
As a foodie of means of means I can testify that I get more satisfaction out of a good bowl of pho than a meal at the French Laundry.  La Pergola in Rome, however, awesome.  Except I was the only guy there with my wife - everyone else seems to have brought their mistresses.
 
2014-02-21 05:50:18 PM  

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: Been to Hominy Grill and Joe's Stone Crab (Although I was like 5 for that one)...

I keep meaning to go to Husk and just keep not getting there.

But, all and all, I'd just as soon eat at:

[posting.charlestoncitypaper.com image 550x367]


Shh.  Stop telling people about Martha Lou's!
 
2014-02-21 05:50:26 PM  

Pocket Ninja: The Inn at Little Washington remains one of the only restaurants I've ever dined in where the final bill was completely, utterly, totally absurd, easily enough for two people to have flown to Europe, and I left feeling like it was actually somehow worth the experience. It truly is that good.  I don't know that I'd recommend *staying* there, mind you. There are B&Bs in the vicinity that are every bit as nice and a fraction of the cost. But the food and service, my god.

I'll be in Napa at the end of March and I've been toying with the idea of trying the French Laundry. Not sure yet, though.


You may be SOL. They were booked 2 months in advance when I tried to make a reservation a couple of years ago.
 
2014-02-21 05:52:40 PM  
True Fact:  One of the partners at #13 is an old school-chum of mine.
 
2014-02-21 05:54:09 PM  

Kraftwerk Orange: Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: Been to Hominy Grill and Joe's Stone Crab (Although I was like 5 for that one)...

I keep meaning to go to Husk and just keep not getting there.

But, all and all, I'd just as soon eat at:

[posting.charlestoncitypaper.com image 550x367]

Shh.  Stop telling people about Martha Lou's!


andrewzimmern.com

Sean Brock on the left, Martha Lou on the right.  Some really happy bald guy in the middle.
 
2014-02-21 05:56:17 PM  
I don't mind the occasional slideshow, but 101 slides. Fark You.

I've eaten at a few of those.

Roy's in Kauai and Palm Desert were both pretty damn good.
Gotham Bar and Grill was kind underwhelming.
Babbo is still one of my all time favorites. Probably the best meal I've had in the USA, though if you want authentic Italian it's hard to beat The Olive Garden.
 
2014-02-21 05:57:07 PM  

marcre3363: I lived in Chicago for 10 years and had some amazing meals there.
*snip*

For you Chicago folks (and I know there are plenty here), it's Fernando's. It's on Lincoln, north of the Paulina stop. I won't dispute that it's not the best food you've ever had, but you can't beat the atmosphere for my money.


Chicago is probably one of the best foodie cities I've eaten.  The only thing LA does really well is asian/persian/indian dishes. But god almighty, my favorite time of the year in Chicago is Taste of Chicago. Great food, great music, great time.
 
2014-02-21 05:57:19 PM  

marcre3363: I lived in Chicago for 10 years and had some amazing meals there.

Still own a condo there and will be back at some point to do maintain it. And when I do, the thing I look forward to the most is my Mexican Restaurant. I live in Southern California and haven't found a place that compares.

It's not quite a dive, but definitely not "fine dining". But the meals are good, the margaritas are unlike any others I've had anywhere, and the fresh salsa & chips are awesome. The service is crap, but if you sit at the bar, you'll inevitably strike up a conversation with one or more of the regulars.

For you Chicago folks (and I know there are plenty here), it's Fernando's. It's on Lincoln, north of the Paulina stop. I won't dispute that it's not the best food you've ever had, but you can't beat the atmosphere for my money.


As someone from Southern California who has family in Chicago and been there many many times, I have to admit I started to laugh when you said you couldn't find a good Mexican place in So Cal.  I mean, Chicago is pretty cosmopolitan but good Mexican still isn't something you come across a lot there. But then I read on, and I get it. It sounds like this place is more about the experience than the food. So, with that in mind...

Not sure which part of So Cal you frequent, but in Los Angeles I know a lot of people swear by El Coyote for big, strong margaritas and a fun crowd.  I also know a few people who are regulars at Lucy's, and they love it - as regulars they feel like they're part of the family, I guess.  For me, the food at both of those places is just too crappy to endure when there is so much better right near by, but who knows - maybe it's the kind of atmosphere you're looking for!  But probably not, heh.
 
2014-02-21 05:59:47 PM  
My favorite part FTFA:  It becomes more difficult every year to rank America's best restaurants. We say that having done it for nearly a half-decade.

So you've made this list 3 or 4 times?  Wow, things must have changed so much from those wild days of 2010.
 
2014-02-21 06:00:17 PM  
Did anybody else get an auto-playing video ad with sound? Fark that shiat. I don't even care what the list is now.
 
2014-02-21 06:08:10 PM  
God damn auto-play videos with volume at full blast

/thank God for AdBlock Plus and blocking those videos forever
 
2014-02-21 06:13:15 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: I don't mind the occasional slideshow, but 101 slides. Fark You.


I didn't count, but it seemed like 40 of the places were in New York City. We get it: NYC is great, everywhere else sucks.

/Only at 6 on the list
//I need to get to Catbird Seat in Nashville: heard good things
 
2014-02-21 06:14:02 PM  
On the fourth active and loud self-actuating plug-in I said F.It .. killed the page
 
2014-02-21 06:33:45 PM  
Maybe the Nobu in NY is different, but I went to the one in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock and came away unimpressed.  I don't get the hype.  Fore Street in Portland was little different.  Good, but a top 100 in the US?  I find it hard to believe there aren't enough better restaurants to knock that one off.  And please, Joe's Stone Crab shouldn't even be on this list.

/subjective list is subjective
 
2014-02-21 06:47:18 PM  
Only two Philadelphia restaurants? Really?
 
2014-02-21 06:47:32 PM  
I'm not trusting any restaurant list from someone who doesn't know the proper abbreviations for the states. He probably uses telephone numbers like "MUrray Hill 5-9975 ".
 
2014-02-21 06:53:40 PM  
CAUTIONS:

The video at the top of the page-

This video contains no useful information. It tells us that the list exists. It also contains the phrase (and I'm not kidding here) "nearly half a decade." They are bragging about how long the list has been around. Nearly half a decade! (That also means: a coupla years).

The link then contains an offer to view the list as a slideshow. Don't do that.

Next, is a long article describing the list. The list is a list. Spoiler.

Finally, the list.

All in all I give this link a C-.
 
2014-02-21 06:53:49 PM  

Thorny4Pie: Maybe the Nobu in NY is different, but I went to the one in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock and came away unimpressed.  I don't get the hype.  Fore Street in Portland was little different.  Good, but a top 100 in the US?  I find it hard to believe there aren't enough better restaurants to knock that one off.  And please, Joe's Stone Crab shouldn't even be on this list.

/subjective list is subjective


I agree with Jo's crab, but disagree wih Nobu Vegas. I loved Nobu.
 
2014-02-21 07:13:24 PM  
If you think that the best food is only in or near cities over 500K you are an idiot. I can't take an article that makes such an outlandish statement seriously.  Not that it should be taken seriously anyway, but this hipster pretentiousness if for the birds.
 
2014-02-21 07:21:20 PM  
Haven't been to any of the ones listed, but just had valentine's day dinner at the Waikoloa location of #90... I'm okay with this.
 
Ant
2014-02-21 07:25:18 PM  
I get a ton of enjoyment out of an $8 bowl of pho. What do these places offer that would make me want to spend $300 for a tasting menu? I don't mind spending a bunch for certain seafood items, but for the other things, I don't get it.
 
Ant
2014-02-21 07:26:32 PM  
...and what's with all the communal seating?
 
2014-02-21 07:34:38 PM  

Osomatic: marcre3363: I lived in Chicago for 10 years and had some amazing meals there.

Still own a condo there and will be back at some point to do maintain it. And when I do, the thing I look forward to the most is my Mexican Restaurant. I live in Southern California and haven't found a place that compares.

It's not quite a dive, but definitely not "fine dining". But the meals are good, the margaritas are unlike any others I've had anywhere, and the fresh salsa & chips are awesome. The service is crap, but if you sit at the bar, you'll inevitably strike up a conversation with one or more of the regulars.

For you Chicago folks (and I know there are plenty here), it's Fernando's. It's on Lincoln, north of the Paulina stop. I won't dispute that it's not the best food you've ever had, but you can't beat the atmosphere for my money.

As someone from Southern California who has family in Chicago and been there many many times, I have to admit I started to laugh when you said you couldn't find a good Mexican place in So Cal.  I mean, Chicago is pretty cosmopolitan but good Mexican still isn't something you come across a lot there. But then I read on, and I get it. It sounds like this place is more about the experience than the food. So, with that in mind...

Not sure which part of So Cal you frequent, but in Los Angeles I know a lot of people swear by El Coyote for big, strong margaritas and a fun crowd.  I also know a few people who are regulars at Lucy's, and they love it - as regulars they feel like they're part of the family, I guess.  For me, the food at both of those places is just too crappy to endure when there is so much better right near by, but who knows - maybe it's the kind of atmosphere you're looking for!  But probably not, heh.


The thing about Chicago is that it's so dense. So while LA technically isn't that far, it really is. During rush hour in Chicago, it would take us an hour to go 10 miles from Lincoln Square to downtown. On the weekends, it would take us 15 minutes. Same thing with LA. We could get there in 30 minutes in ideal conditions, but it'll be a good two hours normally.

So in Chicago, I could find a good 30 restaurants in a one mile radius, al walking distance. In So Cal? A good 30+ miles, time varying on what freeways you have to drive.
 
2014-02-21 07:40:04 PM  
I'm sure there are a hundred really good cheap restaurants in the US, but if you know where one of them is, you'd be wise to keep the secret very closely. The good expensive exclusive restaurants get ruined in a matter of months or years at the most. Imagine how much faster that would happen to a good cheap place to eat!

Some of the best restaurants have no name, no advertising, nothing outside to show that they are there. Invitation only, kids! And an entrance through a dark alley or an outdoor staircase.

This is a way to keep situational goods situated long enough for the super rich and the super smart to enjoy them.
 
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