Monday, May 14, 2007

America's Best Restaurant Cities

"Today ... most major cities in the U.S. have the kind of gastronomic diversity and regionality that is rich in every department, and even if you’ve visited recently, you can be sure that next time you go, there’ll be more new and enticing restaurants than you could possibly visit," writes Donald Burnam in a recent piece, "America's Best Restaurant Cities." "It’s getting hard not to have a great meal anywhere in the U.S.." Burnam continues.

Forbes' Top 10 Restaurant Cities:
1. New York City
2. Chicago
3. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles
5. New Orleans
6. Houston
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Atlanta
9. Boston
10. Las Vegas

Rankings were based on: Overall number of restaurants above the fast food level; Number of fine dining restaurants with national and international standing; Solid representation of regional American food; A wide segment of second-tier restaurants that would include seafood, steakhouses, and independently chef-owned restaurants; Breadth and depth of ethnic restaurants, especially if the city has neighborhood such as a Chinatown; A significant number of neigborhood restaurants where the locals tend to eat out regularly; A well-traveled clientele that regards eating out in that city one of the real pleasures of going there.

IN THE NEWS: The Sun's Karen Nitkin gives two and a half stars to Looney's Pub North, 312 St. Main St. in Bel Air. Colleague Elizabeth Large also gives two and a half stars to Brightons, 550 Light St., InterContinental Harbor Court Hotel, and also blogs that Longo's in Green Spring Station may not be reopening this week after all. ... City Paper's Richard Gorelick reviews Lebanese Taverna, 719 S. President St. at Inner Harbor East, while Cheap Eats looks at Chicken Shack in West Baltimore.
Compiled by Pat Embry,

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