I always thought that posts on other blogs that included a list of where that blogger wanted to go eat were a bit cheesy. But given the number of reviews I have to write for the survey these days, and given how it is easier to write them after visiting a restaurant, I found myself compiling such a list over the weekend. Of course I'm so busy with the survey that it didn't take long for me to realize that it's a simple way to update the site, and by listing the names of lots of different restaurants, a good way to attract additional hits to your site. So forgive me if I get a little cheesy here but, here is a list of the 100 places I would like to eat at in 2008.
I'm sure some of you ware going to be surprised by some of the choices. Especially places that serve traditional French cuisine which anyone who reads this site knows, often makes me feel like I am drowning in a sea of veal demi-glace. So I feel it is important to explain myself. I like to think of myself as a dining martyr. Someone who will take consume gallons of gooey, over-reduced and over-salted stocks in order to take one for the team so to speak. But also, there is some benefit to sampling styles of cuisine that have become passe which is to understand what it was that made a chef important at the height of their culinary powers. And on occasion I come across a chef who has lightened his cuisine and is turning out some top-notch food. Witness my review of L'Auberge D'Ill below.
So without further delay, here is my list of 100 Restaurants I Would Like to Eat at in 2008. Of course if you happen to have been at any of the restaurants on this list, click the link at the bottom of the page and rate them for the survey.
Wise, witty, snippy and snarky - no I'm not talking about The Colbert Report - I'm talking about the Opinionated About Dining Most Overrated Restaurants of 2008. Click on the link below to read the ten most overrated in the following regions: New York City; United States; United Kingdom and Europe.
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The results of our 2008 Fine Dining Survey have now been published. Over 900 people participated in the survey, with 25% of them being located outside of the U.S. The ratings are broken down into categories which correlate to how important a restaurant is.
Read Jay Rayner's review of the survey in The Guardian
I just hung up the phone with DHL at Heathrow and the books are being delivered in the morning and they should be in various London shops by Monday or Tuesday. Also, it's not too late to get a free copy. Just click on the link for the homepage and register. As soon as you begin rating restaurants, our London office will put a copy of the guide in the mail to you.
The results of our 2008 Fine Dining Survey have now been published. Over 900 people participated in the survey, with 25% of them being located outside of the U.S. The ratings are broken down into categories which correlate to how important a restaurant is. Though this guide only covers restaurants in the first three categories because of its limited scope. Here are the results:
Opinionated About Dining Top 50 Restaurants in North America with Rankings
Worth Planning a Trip Around
Urasawa, Beverly Hills, California 113 The French Laundry, Yountville, California 111 Jean Georges, New York, New York 109 Manresa, Los Gatos, California 109 Per Se, New York, New York 107 Alinea, Chicago, Illinois 106 McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina 106 Minibar, Washington, DC 105 Splendido, Toronto, Ontario 105
Worth Going Out of Your Way For
Le Bernardin, New York, New York 104 Providence, Los Angeles, California 104 Sushi Yasuda, New York, New York 104 Bouley, New York, New York 103 Hatfield’s, Los Angeles, California 103 Kuruma Zushi, New York, New York 103 Masa, New York, New York 103 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York 102 Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York 102 Marinus, Carmel, California 102 Craft, New York, New York 101 Spago, Beverly Hills, California 101 Sugiyama, New York, New York 101 Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California 100 Il Grano, West Los Angeles, California 100 Uni, Boston, Massachusetts 100
Top Local Choices
Alex, Las Vegas, Nevada 99 Avenues, Chicago, Illinois 99 Blue Hill, New York, New York 99 Coi, San Francisco, California 99 Daniel, New York, New York 99 The Dining Room at the Langham, Pasadena, California 99 L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, New York, New York 99 Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC 99 Picasso, Las Vegas, Nevada 99 Sushi Seki, New York, New York 99 WD-50, New York, New York 99 Alan Wong’s, Honolulu, Hawaii 98 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 98 Lampreia, Seattle,Washington 98 Matsuhisa, Beverly Hills, California 98 Mistral, Seattle,Washington 98 Sona, Los Angeles, California 98 Susur, Toronto, Ontario 98 Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami Beach, Florida 97 Komi, Washington, DC 97 Masa’s, San Francisco, California 97 Morimoto, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 97 Troquet, Boston, Massachusetts 97 Boulevard, San Francisco, California 96 Cyrus, Healdsburg, California 96
Opinionated About Dining Top 50 Restaurants in Europe with Rankings
Worth Planning a Trip Around
Troisgros, Roanne, France 116 Bras, Laguiole, France 115 The Fat Duck, Bray-on-Thames, UK 114 L’Arpège, Paris, France 114 Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France 114 El Bulli, Roses, Spain 112 L’Astrance, Paris, France 112 L’Arnsbourg, Baerenthal, France 111 El Poblet, Denia, Spain 110 Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy 109 Les Ambassadeurs, Paris, France 109 Oud Sluis, Sluis, The Netherlands 109 Etxebarri, Axpe-Marzana, Spain 108 La Broche, Madrid, Spain 108 Le Louis XV–Alain Ducasse Monte Carlo, Monaco 108 Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain 108 L’Ambroisie, Paris, France 107 El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain 106 Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark 106 Arzak, Donostia–San Sebastián, Spain 105 La Pergola, Rome, Italy 105
Worth Going Out of Your Way For
El Racó de Can Fabes, Sant Celoni, Spain 104 Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium 104 L’Auberge de l’Ill, Illhaeusern, France 104 Les Maisons de Bricourt—Olivier Roellinger, Cancale, France 104 Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France 104 Taillevent, Paris, France 104 Comme Chez Soi, Brussels, Belgium 103 Elkano, Getaria, Spain 103 Lameloise, Chagny-en-Bourgogne, France 103 Guy Savoy, Paris, France 102 La Maison de Marc Veyrat, Veyrier du Lac, France 102 Le Bristol, Paris, France 102 Hibiscus, London, UK 100 The River Café, London, UK 100 Sant Pau, Sant Pol de Mar, Spain 100 The Square, London, UK 100
Top Local Choice
Apicius, Paris, France 99 Arnolfo, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy 99 Gordon Ramsay, London, UK 99 L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France 99 The Capital, London, UK 98 Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence, Italy 98 Hispania, Arenys de Mar–Caldetes, Spain 98 L’Ami Louis, Paris, France 98 Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham, UK 98 Tetou, Golfe-Juan, France 98 Cibrèo, Florence, Italy 97 Da Fiore, Venice, Italy 97 Tom Aikens, London, UK 97
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Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. This is just the beginning. I am planning to expand the scope of the survey for 2009 to include moderate and inexpensive dining with the goal of publishing comprehensive guides to dining for bothe continents in the coming 12 months.