By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
New York dominates this year’s ranking with 28 restaurants on the list (6 in the top 10 alone). California comes in with 24 restaurants, spread quite evenly between LA (10), San Francisco (9) and other regions (including Yountville in Napa County, Berkeley, St. Helena, and Los Gatos). Chicago claims 7 spots on the list, followed DC, Las Vegas and New Orleans, each with 5 restaurants.
About the ranking
Under the helm of editorial director, Colman Andrews, an eight-time James beard award winner and global authority on food and wine, The Daily Meal once again takes on the massive feat of narrowing down the United States’ most eaten-at, talked-about, highly-rated restaurants, to a slim list of just 101. This year more than 100 panelists participated in the voting process, including Michael Bauer, S. Irene Virbila, Penny Pollack, and John T. Edge.
What’s purportedly made the list so influential, sweeping both culinary and consumer media in past years, is that it gives food lovers, travelers, and everyday Americans, an exemplary guide to America’s dining scene. How often does one question where they should dine out when traveling to a new city? How little do we know about our own cities’ dining royalty? And what is categorically THE best restaurant in country? This ranking can be treated as the culinary bucket list of America. These are the places to eat and be seen, to indulge and pay homage…if at least for 2014.
So how did they come up with the list? The first step was a nomination process. An illustrious panel of over 100 judges (comprised primarily of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers from across the country) examined past years’ winners and offered nominations for new restaurants to be considered. Next, The Daily Meal's editors added their nominations and prepared a survey that allowed participants to vote for their favorites.
The voting — based on cuisine, region, and a number of specific factors, including level of “buzz” and formality (of food and atmosphere). Each restaurant had the chance to be voted on three times during the survey. Finally, the percentage scores from each category were averaged to arrive at the final ranking.
First 10 Best Restaurants in America for 2014
1. Le Bernardin, New York
2. Eleven Madison Park, New York
3. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
4. Per Se, New York
5. Chez Panisse, Berkeley
6. Alinea, Chicago, Ill.
7. Daniel, New York
8. Animal, Los Angeles
9. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York
10. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
View the remainder of this tasty list here: http://www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-restaurants-america
"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
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