Saison Named Top Restaurant For Second Year In A Row As Opinionated About Dining Announces 2015 Best Restaurants In The U.S.

May 19, 2015, 12:30 ET from Opinionated About Dining

NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Opinionated About Dining (OAD), the leading source of global restaurant rankings for devout diners, unveils the fourth edition of its annual top U.S. restaurants selected by the survey's seasoned membership of food connoisseurs. This year, the list was renamed "Top 100+ U.S. Restaurants" now with a total of 200 destinations across America representing exceptional dining experiences.

"For 2015, I changed the name of the list to Top 100+" says OAD's founder, Steve Plotnicki. Adding, "By extending the list to 200 entries, it gave the OAD community of reviewers a wider breadth of expression in terms of listing the types of places where they like to eat while allowing for a greater number of talented chefs to be applauded for their work."

According to Plotnicki, notable restaurants breaking into the Top 100 slots for the first time include: Ludo Lefebvre's Los Angeles based Trois Mec; Chicago's 42 Grams, run by husband-wife duo Jake Bickelhaupt and Alexa Welsh; Carlos Salgado's progressive Mexican restaurant, Taco Maria, set in Costa Mesa, California; Greenpoint, New York's Luksus helmed by ex-Noma pastry chef, Daniel Burns; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina's, One Restaurant, run by chef Kim Floresca and her husband, pastry chef Daniel Ryan.

New York remains the country's reigning destination for remarkable dining experiences with 50 restaurants in the Top 200, followed by Los Angeles with 27 entries, San Francisco with 25 entries, Chicago with 18 restaurants listed, Boston/Portland/Providence with 11, the Washington D.C. region with 9 entries and Las Vegas with 7. However, smaller markets with more than one restaurant on the list are also notable including those from Austin, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Portland, Oregon with four restaurants each. The top 10 destinations and rankings on OAD's Top 100+ U.S. Restaurants list, include:

Ranking

Restaurant

Location

1

Saison

San Francisco, CA

2

Willows Inn

Lummi Island, WA

3

Urasawa

Beverly Hills, CA

4

Manresa

Los Gatos, CA

5

e by jose andres

Las Vegas, NV

6

minibar

Washington, DC

7

Alinea

Chicago, IL

8

Masa

New York, NY

9

French Laundry

Yountville, CA

10

Blue Hill at Stone Barns  

Pocantico Hills, NY

Over 4,500 food enthusiasts voted this year's restaurants onto the list with a total of 160,000 reviews collected. To view the full OAD "Top 100+ U.S. Restaurants" list, please click HERE.

About Opinionated About Dining
OAD is the premier restaurant rating system compiled by an expert membership of highly literate connoisseurs of the culinary arts who travel the world to experience the art of food. By relying on statistical accuracy, transparency, discerning palates and weighted votes of members, the Opinionated About Dining survey provides a more distinctive approach to rating restaurants.

The OAD algorithm generates a ranking system that classifies restaurants based on the reviews of the membership community. Each member influences the results based on the number of restaurants he/she has visited and the current ranking of those restaurants.

About Steve Plotnicki
Plotnicki's passion for food has long been an intrinsic part of his life, if not always his career. A native New Yorker, he was a successful guitarist and songwriter before co-founding Profile Records in 1981. In 2003, he launched a discussion forum, which morphed into his "Opinionated About Dining" blog, a project that established him as one of the most prolific early food bloggers. Initially conceived as a way to share information about his dining experiences with other enthusiasts, "Opinionated About Dining" continued to evolve and attract readers. In 2007, Plotnicki developed a formal survey for readers and fellow diners and published a 56-page booklet in 2008 featuring the 100 best restaurants in North America and Europe. Since then, Plotnicki has further refined the survey process authored and published Opinionated About U.S. Restaurants in 2011, and continually publishes the rankings of the top restaurants around the world.

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