What list of the top 50 restaurants “fit for foodies,” puts San Francisco in first place, Chicago in second with Boston, Seattle and New York (yes, New York) jockeying for third? The Diners’ Choice Awards, brought to you by the 10 million reviews from OpenTable diners.
“These restaurants have been singled out for being able to satisfy the folks for whom dining is practically sport,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer, in a release on the awards. “Those avid, passionate eaters, often armed with cameras who take careful notes and relish every bite.”
OK, so the 50 restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, were chosen “based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between September 2010 and August 2011,” notes the release, and “received the highest scores for being 'fit for foodies' from OpenTable diners.”
San Francisco’s first place win with 14 awards to Daniel Patterson (Coi), Melissa Perello (Frances) and Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), among others, was probably helped along by the fact that OpenTable, Inc., the online restaurant reservation business, is headquartered in San Francisco.
And it’s good to see Chicago’s grab six awards for chefs Stephanie Izard’s Girl & The Goat, Graham Elliot’s Graham Elliot and Paul Kahan’s Blackbird and The Publican, plus Shin Thompson’s Bonsoiree and Dale Levitski’sSprout.
But it makes us wonder where these “foodies” have been eating? No Avec? No Xoco/Frontera Grill/Topolobampo? No Gage? Who do you think is missing from this list?