From a $270 Nine-Course Tasting Menu to a Shake
Shack Burger: The 101 Best Restaurants in America
has been listed among some of America's finest dining establishments
in a new ranking of the country's best restaurants.
The fast food
chain makes for a surprise appearance at number 11 alongside high-profile
restaurants such as Le Bernadin in New York (number three) and New
The list was
topped by The French Laundry in California, with Gramercy Tavern
in New York taking second place.
in the Empire State dominated The
Daily Meal list, with David Chang's Momofuku Ssam Bar and Mario
Batali's Babbo making an appearance in the top ten.
included Girl & the Goat (number nine) and Alinea (number 14),
both in Chicago.
The list seems
to point to Americans' growing preference for unique dining experiences.
WD-50, for example - which comes in at number 32 - is a 'molecular'
restaurant where they serve up experimental culinary mash-ups such
as pho gras, a blend of Vietnemese pho and foie gras.
menu here also includes a scientific spin on eggs Benedict, consisting
of egg yolk cylinders with a side of crispy cubes of hollandaise
place is Alinea, an eclectic spot in Chicago where award-winning
chef Grant Achatz serves squab that is mysteriously 'inspired by
presentation is just as important as the food itself. The restaurant's
specialty is its dessert art, an impressionist painting of chocolate
and fruit that the waiter serves atop a rubber tablecloth.
Foods in Queens, New York, serves up genuine Chinese dishes that
may scare off unadventurous diners, including its famous 'spicy
and tingly lamb face salad.'
And a large
number of the nation's best restaurants change their menus daily,
an indication that Americans enjoy the surprise factor these spots
have to offer.
Laundry in Napa Valley, California, is number one on the list.
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