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25 Of The Best Restaurants In The Country – 2017

From a farm to a table brunch inspired fine diner, dim sum craft brewery bookstore, James Beard chefs & Michelin starred staples, we’ve hand selected 25 of the best & most unique restaurants in the country featuring creative cuisine from coast to coast (in no particular order):

Jean Georges

Jean Georges namesake comes from its chef, one of the only five Three Michelin-starred chefs in New York City. The style of the food combines American, French, and Indochinese ingredients making the meals distinctly unique and delicious.
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
(212) 299-3900

The French Laundry

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For the past 22 years The French Laundry has been known as one of the best restaurants not only in the U.S., but the world. This is definitely one of the most famous restaurants on this list.
6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2380


It is hard when people describe a restaurant as “American Cuisine” because there are so many different cuisines that represent the U.S. This is where Quince comes in with a focus on California Cuisine using ingredients that are sourced from Northern California
470 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8500


Named the best restaurant in the United States by Forbes Magazine in 2012 this restaurant creates a beautiful experience with a local flare. If you like Farm to Table restaurants this is the place to go.
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 354-4330

The Inn at Little Washington

Located in rural Virginia, on the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a place to stay and eat at. They are known for their intimate setting with over 14,000 wines to choose from. Though this restaurant serves French cuisine, the chef states that they are unrestricted by ethnic boundaries, creating an imaginative dish that is European structured.
309 Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-3800

Pineapple and Pearls

The name of this restaurant comes from pineapples which represent hospitality and pearl representing elegance. And this restaurant is true to its name! The Michelin guide raved about this restaurant as being playful and unpretentious.
715 8th St. S.E., Washington , DC 20003
(202) 595-7375

Eventide Oyster Co.

If you love seafood look no further.. New England classics never looked so modern and eventful as they do at Eventide Oyster Co. If you are lucky enough to eat there, the lobster roll on Asian-style steamed bun is a must try!
86 Middle St., Portland ME 04101
(207) 774-8538


Rarely a breakfast and brunch joint get on a top restaurant list. But one can’t argue that Milktooth found a niche serving American fare with a unique take that is served before three in the afternoon. Sadly, this place does not take reservations so make sure you get there before they open.
534 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
(317) 986-5131

Spoon and Stable

A quaint restaurant located on what used to be a horse stable back in 1906. The chef brings his love for his hometown of Minneapolis to each one of his dishes. You can taste the heritage of Minnesota culture in each bite which is truly inspiring.
211 N 1st St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 224-9850

Woodberry Kitchen

Woodberry Kitchen promotes the local flavor and backyard ingredients in which it is located in. It is known for its slightly hipster atmosphere with its young clientele.
2010 Clipper Park Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 464-8000

J.C. Holdway

Southeast food cooked by wood fire gives this restaurant it’s credibility of being one of the best restaurants if not only Tennessee but in the nation by The food served here as seen as comfort food going rogue.
501 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 312-9050


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Junebaby has the reputation of being the best southern food that is not located in the south and it’s hard to believe you are in the Pacific Northwest when you take your first bite of their soul food. The chef wants you to redefine southern food from what people deem to be unsophisticated and unhealthy to elegant and nutritious.
2122 NE 65th St., Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 556-2192

Turkey and the Wolf

These days sandwiches have never been so sought after. Turkey and the Wolf makes a killer sandwich in a innovative and charming way. If you want a restaurant to go to with your family, you have got to check this place out.
739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 218-7428

Palizzi Social Club

Generations ago south philly was a host of many italian social clubs and Palizzi Social Club was one of the better known ones opening in 1918. This club remained in the family where now, Joey Baldino captures the spirit of his family with italian eats and cocktails.
1408 12th ST., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Spring Restaurant

American cuisine with routed southern traditions makes this restaurant a favorite of locals and out of towners alike. The owners defines Spring Restaurant as a rustic-chic restaurant with an ever changing and evolving menu dependent on the season.
83 Church St., Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777


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When one thinks of Mexican food they don’t typically think of Missouri. Nixta is here to change that. Rated one of 2017’s top restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit Magazine, this place will forever change your concept of Mexican food with its modern approach.
1621 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 899-9000

Brewery Bhavana

If you are a microbrew lover you are going to be in heaven as soon as you step into this restaurant. Here you are not only going to have some of the best drinks that North Carolina has to offer, you are also going to have a perfectly curated DimSum menu.
218 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 829-9998

Per Se

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The same chef that brought you The French Laundry, Thomas Keller, bring you Per Se on the other side of the continent. Similar to The French Laundry, it has been awarded three-Michelin stars and has a nine-course tasting menu.
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10023
(212) 823-9335

Yume Wo Katare

This is not your ramen from your college years, this ramen is way more intricate and divine. This is also the restaurant you should try if you are on a budget where a meal will cost you anywhere from 7 to 14 dollars.
1923 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140


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A lunch and dinner spot, this contemporary French restaurant will make you say “Oui oui.”
163 Duane St., New York, NY 10013
(212) 964-2525


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Specializing in American food with a simple modern twist, visually their dishes should be shown in a gallery.
1723 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110

Le Bernardin

The only restaurant that has received a four star rating from the New York Times for twenty years in a row. This restaurant is a must for lovers of French Cuisine.
155 W 51st St., New York, NY 10019
(212) 554-1515


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This restaurant is located in a small bungalow making the environment different from most restaurants. Serving Japanese inspired cuisine with a unique take, such as the foie gras sushi.
801 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808

Halls Chophouse

A family run steakhouse known for it’s old school vibe. This restaurant prides itself just as much on their food as it does their hospitality.
434 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0090


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A restaurant that defines itself as progressive, the chef focuses on sustainable food by preparing meals with ingredients that are in season. What’s cool about this restaurant is that it has two tasting menus, one that focuses on meats and the other that focuses on vegetables.
652 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 234-9494

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