Maybe it’s because I’m American, but it irks me when someone says France, Italy, or anywhere else has the best food in the world. As the United States is one of the most blended melting pots on the planet, attracting immigrants from places most people haven’t heard of, our cuisine rivals anywhere in the world.
And no, I’m not talking about hamburgers and hot dogs. I’m talking both the quality and variety of cuisines one can enjoy at any of these 50 best restaurants in America.
Eleven Madison Park in New York City, Bew York
It’s no surprise that this venerable favorite is at the top of our list, as it tops nearly every list. The farm-to-table, prix-fixe restaurant boasts three Michelin stars. Of course, the seven-to-nine course meals come with quite a hefty price tag.
St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California
Not only do diners at St. Francis Winery and Vineyards enjoy stunning views of the vineyards while they sip and eat, they also enjoy an assortment of small plates, each designed to pair with one of St Francis’s Artisan Collection wines.
Highland Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama
Yes, you read the correctly, I said Alabama. The French restaurant prepares French food as it ought to be prepared – by using fresh, local ingredients. Thus, Highland boasts a French-inspired Southern menu that changes daily depending on the availability of ingredients.
Alinea in Chicago, Illinois
You won’t find a more creative restaurant than Alinea as there dishes closer resemble art than dinner. The avant-garde flair, culinary theatrics, and molecular gastronomy skills has earned Alinea three Michelin stars.
Mama’s Fish House in Paia, Hawaii
Mama’s Fish House exudes everything one would expect from a seafood restaurant in Hawaii. The restaurant itself is a converted beach house perched on a secluded beach where diners can watch windsurfers while feasting on Polynesian inspired dishes.