Tuesday, April 19, 2011

50 Best Restaurants in the World: Which U.S. Restaurants Made It?

The annual San Pellegrino "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list was announced Monday, to much fanfare. Number one for the second year in a row was Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
How did U.S. restaurants fare?
Two American fine-dining meccas made the top ten, the renowned (and you-can't-get-a-table) Alinea in Chicago (#6) and Thomas Keller's New York Per Se (#10 -- first time on the list).

Here's the Top 10:
1. Noma -- Denmark
2. El Celler de Can Roca -- Spain
3. Mugaritz -- Spain
4. Osteria Francescana -- Italy (Modena)
5. The Fat Duck -- England
6. Alinea -- Chicago/U.S.
7. D.O.M. -- Brazil
8. Arzak -- Spain
9. Le Chateubriand -- France
10. Per Se -- New York/U.S.

Only three other U.S. restaurants made the top 50 list: Daniel (#11), 11 Madison Park (#24) and Momofuku (#40).

We go to Chicago at least once a year and have tried a number of the city's best restaurants, but we haven't yet attempted to get a table at Alinea--we hear it's virtually impossible. But one day....
The chef (pictured above) is known for artful food creations, including a couple of dishes shown here.


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