2011 Top 40 US Restaurants

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[youtube id=”ED4aRYmwgAI”] by André, Alain & Sophie Gayot, the internationally renowned guide to dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle, has just published its Annual Restaurant Issue, which includes the highly-anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list. The 2011 edition also names Chef Michael Mina their U.S. Restaurateur of the Year.
  Of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. selected, 9 of them did not appear on last year’s list, and 3 of those are gracing the list for the very first time. Other lists include: Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened in 2010 Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. – good choices for the budget-conscious 5 Rising Chefs – American chefs under 30 who are making their mark Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which celebrity chefs make the best steak? Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S. – Only 3 remain from last year Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S.published for the first time, reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times. The issue also explores the major Culinary Trends for 2011, and includes exclusive video interviews with many of the winners, as the one above with chef Craig Strong from Studio at Montage Laguna Beach. evaluates restaurants on a 20-point scale. The rankings reflect only’s opinion of the quality of the cuisine. No restaurant will ever earn a perfect 20, and there are no restaurants rated less than 10 points, as they would not be good enough to be recommended.    With thousands and thousands of honest reviews, all written by a handpicked worldwide team of discerning professionals, serves as a serious resource, providing timeless coverage while keeping pace with the latest trends. The publications began in France in 1969 with the award-winning GaultMillau guide books, during which André Gayot and his friends Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term Nouvelle Cuisine. guides you to the good life!

You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from Studio restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot. Studio at Montage on Urbanspoon