So how is this list different from more prestigious rankings such as The World’s 50 Best Restaurants or France’s La Liste? Or even the James Beard Awards and Michelin.
Most notably, there are no rankings or titles or awards. The restaurants that made the cut are simply called “honorees.” And the data is culled from more than five million reviews from verified OpenTable users in all 50 states and Washington D.C. Because of this, the list bears no resemblance to the others.
As for the restaurants, all 100 are in 27 states. California tops the list with 25, closely followed by New York, which is home to 15. Illinois has seven. And a number of restaurants in the South such as Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, and more account for nearly 20 percent of this year’s hot spots.
40/40 Club (New York, New York)
8 Up (Louisville, Kentucky)
Acorn (Denver, Colorado)
Alley Cat Oyster Bar (Cleveland, Ohio) *
AsiaSF (San Francisco, California)
B.B. King’s Blues Club (Memphis, Tennessee)
Beauty and Essex (New York, New York)
Bestia (Los Angeles, California)
Buccan (Palm Beach, Florida)
Buddakan (New York, New York)
Café Martorano (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Cassia (Santa Monica, California) *
Chino Latino (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Cork & Pig Tavern #2 (Odessa, Texas)
Culinary Dropout (Tempe, Arizona)
Current (Salt Lake City, Utah) *
Departure Restaurant and Lounge (Portland, Oregon)
E.P.+L.P. (West, Hollywood, California) *
Eight4Nine (Palm Springs, California) *
El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila Bar (Delray Beach, Florida)