Gourmet Magazine's America's Top 50 Restaurants

. October 14, 2008

Gourmet's October 2006 Restaurant Issue, available on newsstands September 26, includes a list of America's Top 50 Restaurants, which the magazine compiles every five years. Editor in chief Ruth Reichl, along with several of the magazine's food critics, ate anonymously at hundreds of restaurants across the country to select the nation's best restaurants. Gourmet's 2006 "America's Top 50 Restaurants" list begins on page 131. Gourmet's critics' restaurant suggestions across the country:

  1. Alinea, Chicago

  2. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA

  3. The French Laundry, Yountville, CA/Per Se, New York City

  4. Spago Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills

  5. Joel Robuchon at The Mansion, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

  6. Le Reve, San Antonio

  7. Masa, New York City

  8. Alan Wong's Restaurant, Honolulu

  9. Daniel, New York City

  10. Le Bernardin, New York City

  11. Magnolia Grill, Durham, NC

  12. Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, D.C.

  13. Charlie Trotter's, Chicago

  14. Arrows, Ogunquit, ME

  15. Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA

  16. Striped Bass, Philadelphia

  17. Babbo, New York City

  18. Locke-Ober, Boston

  19. Canlis, Seattle

  20. L'Auberge Carmel, Carmel, CA

  21. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas

  22. Restaurant August, New Orleans

  23. The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

  24. The Dining Room in the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Atlanta

  25. Vetri, Philadelphia

  26. Fore Street, Portland, ME

  27. Jean Georges, New York City

  28. Higgins, Portland, OR

  29. Da Marco, Houston

  30. La Belle Vie, Minneapolis

  31. Parker's New American Bistro, Cleveland

  32. Michy's, Miami

  33. Frasca, Boulder

  34. Gramercy Tavern, New York City

  35. Providence, Los Angeles

  36. Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

  37. Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

  38. Urasawa, Beverly Hills

  39. Bacchanalia, Atlanta

  40. Sanford, Milwaukee

  41. York Street, Dallas

  42. Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

  43. No. 9 Park, Boston

  44. Trattoria Nostrani, Santa Fe

  45. Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

  46. Paley's Place, Portland, OR

  47. Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC

  48. L'Etoile, Madison, WI

  49. Herbsaint, New Orleans

  50. Nana, Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas

The "America's Top 50 Restaurants" list is published in Gourmet's October 2006 Restaurant Issue, on sale at newsstands on September 26, 2006. Gourmet is published by The Conde Nast Publications.

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