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TOP 40 RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.



Looking for a gourmet adventure? How about 40 of them at our top restaurant picks in the U.S.?

While we've listed our selections by restaurant, we're highlighting chefs because, to us, food always comes first. Of course we are by no means ignoring the fine work that the restaurants' managers, sommeliers and staffs contribute each night. They were a component in our selection, for without them no chef could succeed.

Naturally, other great establishments did not make the list, and we apologize for that. Simply put, these are the restaurants that suit our tastes. Certainly we have prejudices, as any gourmet does, and as that will always be the case, we reserve the right to be subjective, as well as honest and candid. Dining is an emotional endeavor, after all, not a scientific process. So read on and prepare to have your passions roused.

Bon appétit!



OCTOBER 2005

ATLANTA
- Joël

BOSTON
- L'Espalier

CHICAGO
- Alinea
- Charlie Trotter's
- Everest
- Tru

HONOLULU
- Alan Wong

LAS VEGAS
- Alex
- Joël Robuchon at the
Mansion

- Picasso
- Valentino Las Vegas

LOS ANGELES
- Bastide
- The Dining Room
- L'Orangerie
- Patina
- Spago Beverly Hills

LOS GATOS, CA
- Manresa

NEW YORK
- Alain Ducasse
- Aureole
- Bouley
- Daniel
- Gramercy Tavern
- Jean Georges
- Le Bernardin
- Masa
- Nobu New York
- San Domenico NY

PHILADELPHIA
- Vetri

SAN FRANCISCO
- Campton Place
- The Dining Room
- Fleur de Lys
- Gary Danko
- La Folie
- Michael Mina

SCOTTSDALE
- Mary Elaine's

SEATTLE
- The Herbfarm

WASHINGTON, D.C.
- CityZen
- Michel Richard
Citronelle

WASHINGTON, VA
- The Inn at Little
Washington

YOUNTVILLE, CA
- The French Laundry



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