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 Post-Gazette's Elizabeth Downer looks at BYOB restaurants Orchids and Cafe Zinho. ... The paper The Munch column visits Little Tokyo (636 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon) and reports that Eric Fisher of Jimmy G's in Sharpsburg is the winner of the Simon SuperChef trophy and title of "Simon SuperChef Pittsburgh." ... The Tribune-Review stops by Sushi Too, 5432 Walnut St. in Shadyside. ... Pittsburgh City Paper gives two stars to Pho Kim 88, 4100 Library Road (Route 88) in Castle Shannon. ... Blogger reviews D’s Six Packs and Dogs (4320 Northern Pike in Monroeville) and Fajita Grill (5865 Ellsworth Ave. in Pittsburgh).
Compiled by Pat Embry,

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