March 25, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Steve Plotnicki and
Opinionated About Dining
(OAD) proudly announce the Top 100 Restaurants in America as determined by the OAD Survey. Over 3,800 people, including many of the country's top food bloggers, contributed more than 100,000 reviews to this year's survey.
Making a return to the number one spot this year, the French Laundry claimed the top position – meaning
's restaurant earned the top spot in five of the six years. Additionally,
is in the number two spot, demonstrating why Keller is the most important chef the U.S. has ever produced. Alinea (
); Urasawa (
); Saison (
); Manresa (
Los Gatos, CA
); Masa (
); McCrady's (
); and Mini Bar/e by
) round out the Top 10.
2013's list highlights 24 new entries, including Atera (
); Willows Inn (
Lummi Island, WA
); Sushi Zo (Los Angles); and Catbird Seat (
), all of which debuted in the Top 50. Other newcomers include Blanca (
); Sons & Daughters (
); Cafe Juanita (
); and the trio of Oxheart, Pass & Provisions (both in
– the first time three
restaurants made the list.
"I found this year's list interesting in that while it is filled with restaurants that feature progressive cooking, a number of 'traditional' restaurants, like Babbo (
), and Addison (
) appeared for the first time," says Plotnicki. Geographic diversity is another aspect Plotnicki highlighted: "Five years ago the idea that you could find important meals in places like
40% of the restaurants that comprise the list features cuisine that originates in
, led by 18 Japanese restaurants, 12 French restaurants; 8 Italian and 2 Asian Fusion. Also for the first time, the slideshow of the Top 100 restaurants is available in
French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Italian
The OAD survey relies on tapping into the experience and opinions from diners who are passionate about where they eat. The methodology gives weight to types restaurants and participants based price point and number of restaurants reviewed.