May 5th, 2014
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The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you're a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.

Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation named after "the father of American cuisine," has been honoring the outstanding names in the food and beverage industry.

There is no cash reward, but a win – or even a nomination – can substantially increase the buzz for business, according to foundation President Susan Ungaro.

Chef and restaurant winners are being announced on Monday, May 5 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and Journalism, Books and Broadcast were announced Friday, May 2 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

We'll be updating all the chef and restaurant nominees below as the winners are revealed. Explore the gallery above for pictures and color from last year's awards.
Robert De Niro makes a cameo in the James Beard press room, celebrating Sirio Maccioni's Lifetime Achievement award.

Best New Restaurant
Betony (New York City)
Carbone (New York City)
Coqueta (San Francisco, California)
Estela (New York City)
Winner: Pêche (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Outstanding Bar Program
Bar Agricole (San Francisco, California)
Winner: The Bar at the NoMad Hotel (New York City)
Clyde Common (Portland, Oregon)
Maison Premiere (Brooklyn, New York)
The Violet Hour (Chicago, Illinois)

Leo Robitschek and Will Guidara of The NoMad share some ham in the press room.

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern (New York City)
Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Suzanne Goin, Lucques (Los Angeles, California)
David Kinch, Manresa (Los Gatos, California)
Winner: Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza (Los Angeles, California)
Marc Vetri, Vetri (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Winner: Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery (New York City)
Dana Cree, Blackbird (Chicago, Illinois)
Belinda Leong, b. patisserie (San Francisco, California)
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles, California)
Christina Tosi, Momofuku (New York City)

Outstanding Restaurant
Hearth (New York City)
Highlands Bar and Grill (Birmingham, Alabama)
Winner: The Slanted Door (San Francisco, California)
Spiaggia (Chicago, Illinois)
wd~50 (New York City)

Outstanding Restaurateur
Winner: Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Boston, Massachusetts (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others)
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago, Illinois (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)
Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa Valley, California (Mustards Grill and Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen)
Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group, Los Angeles, California (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and others)
Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group, New York City (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd~50, and others)

Outstanding Service
Blue Hill (New York City)
Quince (San Francisco, California)
Winner: The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
Topolobampo, (Chicago, Illinois)
Vetri (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Outstanding Wine Program
A16 (San Francisco, California)
Bar Boulud, NYC
Winner: The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
FIG (Charleston, South Carolina)
The Little Nell (Aspen, Colorado)

Andy Chabot of Blackberry Farm

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal (Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico)
Winner: Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, New York)
Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery (Frankfort, Kentucky)
David Wondrich, spirits educator (Brooklyn, New York)

Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Winner (tie): Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig (Chicago, Illinois)
Katie Button, Cúrate (Asheville, North Carolina)
Jessica Largey, Manresa (Los Gatos, California)
David Posey, Blackbird (Chicago, Illinois)
Winner (tie): Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island (Lummi Island, Washington)

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Winner: Dave Beran, Next (Chicago, Illinois)
Curtis Duffy, Grace (Chicago, Illinois)
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern (Cleveland, Ohio)
Paul Virant, Vie Restaurant (Western Springs, Illinois)
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia (Chicago, Illinois)

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve (Alexandria, Virginia)
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore, Maryland)
Brad Spence, Amis (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Winner: Vikram Sunderam, Rasika (Washington, D.C.)
Cindy Wolf, Charleston (Baltimore, Maryland)

Best Chef: Midwest
Winner: Justin Aprahamian, Sanford (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Gerard Craft, Niche (Clayton, Missouri)
Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Cafe (St. Louis, Missouri)
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Best Chef: Northeast
Winner: Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa (Boston, Massachusetts)
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe (Boston, Massachusetts)
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn (Southold, New York)
Matt Jennings, Farmstead Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island)
Michael Leviton, Lumière (Newton, Massachusetts)
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Best Chef: Northwest
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins (Seattle, Washington)
Jason Franey, Canlis (Seattle, Washington)
Winner: Naomi Pomeroy, Beast (Portland, Oregon)
Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy (Seattle, Washington)
Cathy Whims, Nostrana (Portland, Oregon)

Naomi Pomeroy beasts it in the press room after her win.

Best Chef: NYC
Winner: April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig
Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen
Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto
Michael White, Marea

April Bloomfield wins Best Chef NYC.

Best Chef: South
Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar (Oxford, Mississippi)
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Winner (tie): Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Alon Shaya, Domenica (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Winner (tie): Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Best Chef: Southeast
Kathy Cary, Lilly's (Louisville, Kentucky)
Winner: Ashley Christensen, Poole's Downtown Diner (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia (Louisville, Kentucky)
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union (Atlanta, Georgia)
Tandy Wilson, City House (Nashville, Tennessee)

Best Chef: Southwest
Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s (Cave Creek, Arizona)
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine (Austin, Texas)
Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s (Houston, Texas)
Winner: Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston, Texas)
Justin Yu, Oxheart (Houston, Texas)

Best Chef: West
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions (San Francisco, California)
Michael Cimarusti, Providence (Los Angeles, California)
Corey Lee, Benu (San Francisco, California)
Winner: Daniel Patterson, Coi (San Francisco, California)
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal (Los Angeles, California)

Aaaaand Eatocracy got to hang out with Questlove, which we take as a James Beard win, too.

Editor's note: Eatocracy Editor Kat Kinsman is the vice chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee, the group that oversees the journalism category's awards. These awards are entirely separate from the restaurant awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.

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  1. Dean

    Why did they omit Bubba from Waffle House?

    May 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
    • VladT

      Because there are no Waffle Houses in New York or San Francisco.....pretty sure not in Europe either. ;)

      May 10, 2014 at 6:11 am |
  2. Kris

    One of my favorite eateries in Chesapeake, VA, Camo's American Grill, recently brought a Brooklyn Brewery Lager to put on tap. It was fantastic! Congrats to the Brewery!

    May 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  3. Ken L

    I'm sure all these are fine restaurants, but cooking is not a competitive sport. This is like trying to choose the reddest red or the bluest blue. How do you choose the best from a large group of fine restaurants? Picking a winner is absurd. Every judge has his or her own standard, so at best you are getting the choice of a small group of judges, who very well will have different opinions from yours. Critics–what do they know?

    May 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
  4. John Winger

    Don't order the Schnitzel - they're using Schnauzer.

    May 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm |
  5. john pickett

    Shame these places don't have value menus or happy meal toys!

    May 9, 2014 at 9:08 am |
  6. palintwit

    Why is it every time someone mentions Chik-fil-A I think of tea party patriots guzzling Everclear from mason jars then having intimate relations with farm animals ?

    May 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm |
    • Really...

      It is because you are small minded and obsessed.

      May 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm |
    • Carn E. Vore

      It's because you're an ignorant bigot.

      May 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
    • Nigel Q.

      Speaking of bigots, we have our own version of your political Tea Party here in the UK - it's called the National Front.

      May 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm |
    • randoid1234

      Because you remember that party fondly and called dibs on the sheep?

      May 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      I've never been to a Chik-fil-A, but somehow I don't think they serve Everclear.

      May 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
    • VladT

      Its sad that my welfare taxes are being used for stay at home "comedians," rather than hard working people who need it.

      Oh well, keep 'em coming. I am sure eventually one will make someone type an "LOL."

      Hope springs eternal!

      May 9, 2014 at 6:46 am |
      • Uh, yeeeeaahhh...

        Typical dbag conservative comment there, vlad. You seem to be on here day in and day out. Are my tax dollars funding your stay at home dbaggery?

        May 12, 2014 at 11:24 am |
        • VladT

          Actually voted for Obama, so in your bipartisan prejudicial notions, if you are against people on welfare sitting at home, you must be Republican???

          I am for social programs, but not for the abuse of them.

          Conclusion: You are way overthinking my comment (and also showing your bias, by not calling out the original poster as a "liberal doochebag," or whatever passes for clever retorts to you).

          Nice try, though

          May 13, 2014 at 4:57 am |
  7. Models Well Fed

    Love to Rasika + Restaurant Eve!

    May 8, 2014 at 9:11 am |
  8. Scott S.

    Really?! The Slanted Door isn't even the best restaurant in SF, let alone America. Man, they have some PR machine there.

    May 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm |
  9. Greg

    This organization does realize there are good restaurants in other cities beside New York, San Fran and LA, right?!?!!?

    May 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
    • stokny

      haha good one Greg, you almost had me there!

      May 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm |
    • JJ Marks

      Did you even read the article?

      May 8, 2014 at 5:01 am |
      • Will

        Yes - it's a description of the award followed by list of candidates, half of which are from New York.

        May 8, 2014 at 9:30 am |
        • Thinking things through

          Good point, Will, but from a selfish standpoint, at least I live close enough to NYC that I might get to try one or two of these establishments.

          May 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
    • Doug

      They assume the rest of us eat at McDonalds or chew on tree bark because we are too unsophisticated. Or perhaps the people who write these articles are the most boring people on the planet who are lucky to spell "America," let alone know it consists of 50 states and countless cities and towns. I think its the latter. I've been to all 50 states and every major city, and places like LA, NY and SF don't even make my top 20 list as far as food goes.

      May 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm |
  10. SumTingWong

    How sad in this day and age we treat chef, basically a cook, like celebs. I remember back in the day being a cook was like being janitor. Everyone aspired to be a scientist, engineer, doctor, etc. If you tell an Asian parent you want to be cook you get disowned. But I guess it goes in part with how America is falling behind other countries in education etc. Other countries value people who excel in subjects like math and science; American make celebrities out of cooks. American kids now value useless skills like acting, cooks, sports stars. These wont grow economy or lead us into green age. Our priorities have shifted and will hurt us in long run. Might also have to do with the fattening of the nation

    May 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm |
    • Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man

      I know you were trying for an Asian immigrant vibe there with your attempt at choppy, broken English, but it came across more as Jay Silverheels from Lone Ranger. Go back and read it that way and you'll see what I mean (Ke-mo sah-bee).

      May 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm |
      • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

        I'm not seeing anything you said here. Having read it several times it comes across as an eye opening observation. There is no attempt of choppy broken English, nor Asian immigrant slant. What parent would want their child to be married to a kitchen and living, scrapping a living in a restaurant most of their lives like they did? Cooks are like musicians, everyone wants to be a rock star but very few reach that place. For every name mentioned in the James Beard awards there are easily a thousand that did not get mentioned.

        The chefs we see and admire on TV are really restaurateurs – the ones that pay the majority of their kitchen staff minimum wage, and count on hefty tips to subsidize their earnings. They borrow on many ideas to create their "signature dish". And these are the people getting the lime light, not the inventors, engineers and scientists that has brought the Chef's glory to you in 1080p. And that is sad. It is another example how society in the US is more interested in the banal and we can only thank the media services for that.

        May 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm |
        • Tonto

          Um, that right, kemosabe.

          May 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
    • JonnyBallgamer

      SumTingReallyWong – really?!?! One of the great things in life is going out to a great restaurant with friends and family and the fact of the matter is there are VERY few people who cook well. Honoring people that do it well as they do in every single industry on earth is great. You must have a palate suitable for ramen noodles and cheerios. What a dumbass!

      May 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
    • darth cheney

      Food is one of the great manifestations of human culture and civilization. I'm sorry you don't get that, so BangDingOw.

      May 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm |
    • Chef Miles

      I agree...creativity and passion are not worthy career pursuits. Better to please your Tiger mother and become a plastic surgeon or ambulance chaser

      May 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm |
  11. iwcforsure

    Funny how many people here don't quite 'get' fine dining.

    May 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
    • Coolio

      And it's probably just fine with them that they don't. To each his own.

      May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm |
    • JonnyBallgamer

      Who in the hell are all you people commenting to? Your sending out a response via a computer to people you have never met and no one asked you for your opinion. Go see an shrink first to find out what is wrong with you and then share your opinion to people who ask you for it or to someone you know.

      May 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
      • 'Scuse me...

        To whom were you speaking?

        May 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
      • shonuff

        you funny, booooy. Now pulls up them pants ya ankle bitter, peoples don't wanna see your nasty underwears. Or is you still wear'n diapers, cause it looks like you carry'n a load there.

        May 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm |
      • Will

        JonnyBallgamer's a hillbilly who's upset because we arrogant "damyankys" don't appreciate the succulent flavor of masterfully roasted squirrels and possums.

        May 8, 2014 at 9:33 am |
    • shonuff

      The definition of fine dining is when the foods costs more than the clothes you be wear'n

      May 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
  12. Netizen

    I just like my neighborhood Indian restaurant – yummy spicy curry with delicious Naan. No frills.

    May 7, 2014 at 11:15 am |
  13. EntoyDadragoN

    Where's my McDonalds on this list?

    May 7, 2014 at 2:55 am |
    • William Hill

      I remember a slogan from somewhere: "Where the elite meet to eat." Most of the winners aren't interested in the average person who looks for a decent meal when eating out and may be trying to feed mom, dad and some kids. These awards are quite subjective and fragile. If the chef leaves, the award winner can become a loser overnight, and this happens a lot. Wherever you live, do your own research, pick places you like and enjoy!

      May 7, 2014 at 7:24 am |
      • GoodONya

        What are you doing posting a well-reasoned & rational comment here? Someone might take it to heart and think this isn't the emotional litter box of a bunch of whiny, spoiled brats.

        Seriously, good job on rising above the maelstrom, Will.

        May 7, 2014 at 7:39 am |
        • JellyBean

          Totally agree. Best post by a mile.

          May 7, 2014 at 8:04 am |
      • okiejoe

        "Where the elite meet to eat" was a phone greeting in the radio program "Duffy's Tavern." It was quite popular in the 1940's.

        May 9, 2014 at 8:36 am |
  14. FlexSF

    Can we please stop treating a "chef" like a celebrity? The ones working in the ideally successful restaurant are nasty people to work with. The whole restaurant industry is quite rotten actually. The NRA (National Restaurant Association) are not working for the interests of the people working in either the back or the front of the house, but they're incredibly wealthy, and have access to corrupt politicians, and are the reason why a $2.35 per hour wage is the law of the land in Florida. (Thanks for nothing Jeb Bush you nasty, corrupt, Christian bigot).

    May 7, 2014 at 2:10 am |
    • VladT

      That was quite a rant, there.

      What does Jeb Bush's religion have to do with it? Or are you the actual bigot? (Epiphany time!)

      May 7, 2014 at 6:53 am |
      • SplaT

        Jeb, being of the same mind and church as Sarah Palin believes that working in a restaurant is not a career job but rather an interim job which one takes while going to college. And as it is coming to light, many of these places that serve food are using the welfare system to fatten their profits by refusing to pay the majority of its full time employees a living wage.

        May 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
        • VladT

 Pretty sure servers are paid that way in "blue states" as well.

          Not quite sure how Sarah Palin jumped into this conversation, either. Obsess, much?

          May 8, 2014 at 4:58 am |
        • Carn E. Vore

          Oh, so close! You fail because you didn't manage to make a jab at Fox News in your post. Better luck next time. Now back to work making sure my fries are hot and salty.

          May 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm |
        • Your Mother

          Bet that's not all you like that's hot & salty, big boy.

          May 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm |
        • A Rose is a Rose

          Fox News???
          More like
          Fox Spews

          May 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm |
  15. Pablo DeCuriot

    I like a good DVD of Butt Bangers vol. 6 with a nice Chianti

    May 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
    • Ron Jeremy

      Who doesn't?? It's been my favorite combination for years!! In fact...I've made a couple movies with that combination!!

      May 7, 2014 at 11:03 am |
  16. scuba2u2

    Not a credible source at all! Maybe he is getting paid, or affiliated by his recommendations...I dare him to post the restaurants, that he visited, to clear his credibility. What a propaganda site!!!

    I am wiping him off my to see, or follow site......ever visit Charleston SC? Best circa food in the world fare!

    May 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
  17. Jrad

    Hmmm... yup, I'm too poor for all those restaurants. Back to eating rocks and dirt.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
  18. JB

    I've eaten in virtually every one of these states, and to leave Denver off is just half-witted. Tamayo, Rioja... some of the best food in the world, let alone the U.S. And to leave out Houston? Austin? Dallas? To leave off Miami? Really, almost no restaurants in Los Angeles compared to San Francisco? That just defies logic. And the idea that Little Nell in Aspen deserves this? One of the very worst places to eat in Aspen. An embarrassment. But the thing is, it's not really possible to eat in every restaurant in the U.S., so to try to compare them all would be ludicrous. The thing is, many people go to New York specifically because they want to make their mark in the food industry. But what about those who can't relocate, who are bound by other obligations to remain in places without so much food snobbery? It defies logic that all of the best chefs in the world would or even could congregate in a few select cities. I guess my take is that James Beard awards are a matter of who you know, not what you do. Which is the very epitome of New York attitude.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
    • GD

      Jennifer Jasinski won last year for Rioja, from Denver. These things rotate. There are simply too many fantastic restaurants in this country for every city/state to be represented every year.

      May 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
    • bedeviledbyyou

      Denver BLOWS especially anything owned by Frank Banana (Bonanno). Frank Bonanno is from New Jersey, what is he mafia? Anyway his restaurants SUCK! Food is greasy just like his grease-ball head! But don't tell him so or I might get whacked!

      May 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm |
    • mick o'gorman

      "Really, almost no restaurants in Los Angeles compared to San Francisco? That just defies logic."... that statement is so laughably provincial. You really need to get out more and when you do, maybe forgo the Cheesecake Factory.

      May 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  19. Expert

    Ive not been to a single one of these restaurants and know for a fact that my local restaurant that has a steak on the menu beats them all because I have never in my life had any idea of what Im talking about.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
    • chucklish

      nice post using satire, which says way more than just the few words you wrote.

      May 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
  20. Bestov

    Come on; really? You have visited every restaurant in the USA and pronounced these select few (mostly major cities) as "the best"? What a ridiculous notion. I am in NYC 4 or 5 weeks a year and have tried many fine restaurants, but find them no better or worse than fine restaurants in St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Miami or Cleveland. Give me a good single malt Scotch, a fine steak and a nice bottle of Napa Cab, with good service, and you are on my list. Mancy's (Toledo) or The Pine Club (Dayton) are particularly outstanding. What an inane list.

    May 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
    • GD

      A good steak is not a sign of a good restaurant, sorry. Steak is the easiest thing to prepare, it's all about buying quality meat. Great chefs do not work at steak houses. I appreciate a great steak, but Morton's will never make this list.

      May 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
    • www

      with such low standards I dont see how you could ever make a list, TGIFridays would be interchangeable with anything in your top 10.

      May 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
    • darth cheney

      The idea here is innovation. I love a good steak too but these are the trend setters who bring changes to the food scene that eventually find their way to local restaurants. There was a time when steak itself was a new idea (Delmonico's, late 19th c., for example).

      May 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm |
    • okiejoe

      But these restaurants are blindingly expensive. That's what seems to impress reviewers like this one.

      May 9, 2014 at 8:47 am |
  21. TomGI

    Does Mario Batali still skim his employee's tips from his restaurants?

    May 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
  22. Raven Scarbrough

    I'm honestly surprised by the comments here. These chefs, owners, and wait staff put a lot of hard work into being great. Culinary arts are just that, they are arts. No one would be complaining if it was a list of best painters or sculptors. Sure, some people will never eat at these places, but some people will also never travel to the cities they are in. The fact that you've never eaten their doesn't change how much work they put into it or how great their accomplishments are. Yes, fine dining restaurants are expensive but that's what happens when you don't use food out of a can.

    May 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
    • Hey...

      Don'tchoo be makin' fun of Chef Boyardee.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
  23. mike

    If you had an inkling of concern that the list is New York biased, scroll down to see that they treated NYC as an entire region unto itself in order to remove all doubt.

    May 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm |
    • CrashMan

      I noticed that, too. But there are 8 million people in NYC alone, and well over 4200 restaurants. So they are kind of a region unto themselves.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
    • Friedrich

      Well....that is because New York City's restaurants are much better. New York City will have more good restaurants than the South and Southeast and Midwest put together!

      Its a cosmopolitan city with high expectations. There are few regions in the USA that have high culinary expectations.

      May 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm |
      • Madawg

        California is the only worthy rival of NY.

        May 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
        • Madawg

          Though I would have to add that if we're talking more down to Earth Asian and Mexican food, then California has NY beat by miles.

          May 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
      • Daniel

        Youve never been to Charleston....

        May 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
        • Madawg

          He's talking about amount and density as opposed to saying that places in the south and midwest don't have any good food to offer at all.

          May 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm |
  24. Ron

    Here's one for you, A half piece of broccoli with carmal on top, a slice of fish with carmal stripes, and a lief with white sauce! That is what most of the chefs dishs look like when they cook. Gimmy a 1 inch steak, some roast potatoes and corn on the cobb any day HUMMMMM!!

    May 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm |
    • Glenn

      Hard to take criticism from someone who can't spell carmal

      May 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm |
      • Nate

        It's hard to be a grammar nazi when you can't distinguish what is an observation from a critique.

        May 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm |
        • Glenn

          Sorry, when you can't spell caramel of leaf correctly, you don't get to criticize food.

          May 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm |
        • Not Yo Cheese

          Sorry, when you can't spell 'or,' you don't get to criticize people.

          May 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
    • mike

      Except that many of these places aren't like what you describe at all.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
  25. Shannon Roberts

    Ridiculous list! These people don't get out much!

    May 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
    • Craig

      You know, I seriously don't get people like you. This is a list of restaurants all across america – go to the James Beard website for the full list before criticizing – and people like you, who have obviously eaten at fewer places and lesser variety of places individually than the collection of James Beard critics – can state unequivocally that this list is ridiculous? Half of you complain you can't afford the restaurants – so obviously you have not eaten at them. Has the lord Jesus Christ blessed your little corner of Arkansas with the finest dining establishments that have yet to be discovered? Because the list from James Beard includes places in Santa Fe, Cleveland, New Orleans, Asheville – all over the country. If the list is not for you, ignore it. I don't read lists of the best cruises because I don't like cruises. If you don't like this type of dining, ignore the article. I don't know what you are contributing to the conversation.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm |
      • Blah, blah, blah


        May 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm |
      • Shannon Roberts

        Wow, Craig. All of your assumptions amuse me. How sad that my residence in Arkansas leads you to believe that I lack knowledge and experience in travel and dining. As we say here in the South, "Bless your heart!"

        May 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
        • Nawtherner

          I know exactly what bless your heart means. ;)

          May 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
        • Philip@Shannon Roberts

          Just had the privilege of dining at the Flying Fish and Loca Luna in LR. Loved both!

          May 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
        • Craig

          In fact I don't assume you lack knowledge and experience in dining. What I do assume is that most of the people responding to this list, including you, have less experience than the people presenting the awards. And so coming out with your statement of "Ridiculous list! These people don't get out much!" is itself ridiculous.

          May 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
    • Jackson

      Exactly how many of these places have you eaten at? I'm betting it's zero.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
      • Shannon Roberts

        Five of them

        May 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
        • chas

          Boom! 5 she said.. Read that and weep you northern yankees!

          May 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
        • Southerner

          "Golly Geez" really got her with that enlightening comment.

          May 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm |
        • Department of Redundancy Department

          northern yankees are so much worse than the Southern yankees

          May 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm |
  26. Selassi

    Jah Jamaican restaurants? Boguuuuuuussssss!!! Irie Mon, no problem

    May 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm |
    • Tired Joke

      Jamaican me crazy, mon.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
  27. Rob

    Never heard of James Beard. I figure most of these places are so over the top expensive for a little, not even full, plate of full that it is not worth my time or money to worry about.

    May 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
    • Carlos D. Jakal

      He went by Jim, or Jimbo...remember him now?

      May 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
    • rahul

      your loss.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
    • Blahblah

      Actually, most fine dining places do tasting menus, which can consist of meals that serve anywhere from. 4-20 plates at one time. Imagine having a meal that consists of 11 small to medium plates over the course of 2 hours.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
    • Phil in KC

      Large quantities of food for a low price do not equal quality. If that is what you're looking for, you're not interested in fine dining anyway. That said, just because they won one of these awards does not necessarily mean their prices are exorbitant. Yeah, you're not going to get in at Cracker Barrel prices, but you don't necessarily have to pay top dollar either. I'm betting there are some spots on this list that will serve you a tasty meal at a moderate price.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
      • JeremyH8

        Exactly. I have eaten at Underbelly a number of times and it is quite reasonably priced. Good stuff!

        May 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
    • darth cheney

      If someone has never heard of Michael Jordan, would you take him or her seriously as a basketball expert?

      May 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
  28. Wayne Kennedy

    California, New York, Illinois and Texas? You know there are people in other places right? Bogus list.

    May 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
    • Phil in KC

      Yes, I found the list rather heavy on NY/Chicago/LA/SF myself. However, I can tell you we have a past James Beard Award recipient right here in KC. I never realized it was that big of a deal until I read the article.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
      • Madawg

        Maybe it's because that's where the majority of people are and food innovation is happening. Good food requires a cosmopolitan culture and a good amount of diversity. That's not to say that other regions don't offer good food though.

        May 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
  29. ELMO

    Best restaurants in America are the ones who paid to be on this list.

    May 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
  30. Saul_Teload

    I love reading lists of "best of" that 99.9% of the country will never dine at. As a proud
    ham and egger, If it needs garnish to taste good, I can't afford it.

    May 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm |
    • Dee Snarl

      How... proud you must be.... ?

      May 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm |
    • Carn E. Vore

      Yeah, because a sprig of parsley or some chopped green onions is SO damned expensive. Luckily, my wife understands my need for garnish and turns some tricks on the side so that we can afford such extravagances.

      May 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm |
  31. BHW

    Not a single...anything in San Diego???!!! Doubt they visited. Too bad.

    May 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm |
    • Dora

      The chili is good at the Wendy's on Midway.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm |
    • hostrauser

      Agreed. Mille Fleurs, Vintana, The Marine Room... there are some quality restaurants in far southern California. As good as I've had in LA, SF, Chicago, or anywhere else.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
  32. Melvin Laszczynski aka Doug Lucas

    Daniel Patterson has been my favorite chef in the SF Bay Area for the last 15 years. He deserves every accolade he receives.

    May 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
  33. islandcreekmedia

    What about the restaurants in which people who don't make 6 figure salaries can eat?

    May 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
    • David H

      Bitter, party of one, your table is now ready!

      May 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm |
    • Rusty

      A list of "Meat and Three's" – or just "greasy spoons" would be nice to see.

      I can generate a nice list of home-style restaurants and buffets along the backroads between Jacksonville, FL and Birmingham, AL (and beyond) where you can eat a home-cooked meal of food that just tastes good and get out the door without having to worry about where your mortgage payment is going to come from.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm |
    • Juan Percent

      Food court at your local mall was designed specifically for you, island friend

      May 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
    • I see a troll and I want to paint it

      a very good point, something the biter people with previous snarky remarks would rather not be made aware of. Not to worry, they keep their Pinocchio noses in check by wearing them down on the ceiling.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
  34. DesertFlyer

    What is really surprising is there are no mentions of the incredible food and restaurants available in Las Vegas… not even in these comments !

    May 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tyrone

      Vegas has a lot of name chefs, but foodies know the quality is lacking. It's more about style than substance.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm |
      • Donald Penobscot

        Foodies don't know sh!t. Pretentious losers, the lot of 'em.

        May 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm |
    • Omegasyde

      Wow. Las Vegas was snubbed.

      It wins in other categories for other contests but no restaurant or owner gets a nod in this? I call BS.

      May 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
  35. fitzwaddle

    No Vietnamese or Thai restaurants? Not interested.

    May 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm |
    • JHuck

      Slanted Door won Outstanding Restaurant. Pleasant surprise.

      May 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
      • fitzwaddle

        Ah, never would have guessed it was Vietnamese by the name, thanks

        May 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
        • Twätwaffle

          What, the word 'slanted' didn't tip you off that it was Asian?

          May 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
    • Good...

      More food for the rest of us, you narrow-minded nincompoop.

      May 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
      • fitzwaddle

        Wow, what an asshole. Have a nice day.

        May 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm |
        • Good...

          Hey, you too, Fitzy old man. It takes one to know one.

          May 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
    • Phil in KC

      Yeah, I'm not interested in Thai or Vietnamese either. Oh, wait, that's not what you meant...

      May 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm |
    • Buffman6236

      Slanted door is fusion asian/vietnamese

      May 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
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