30 Best Restaurants in America

Photo by: Credit: Chad Robertson

30) Bar Tartine, San Francisco
You'll find a homey setting offering approachable yet modern fare at this San Francisco eatery. Run by James Beard Award-winning pastry... more 
Photo by: Credit: Chad Robertson

30) Bar Tartine, San Francisco
You'll find a homey setting offering approachable yet modern fare at this San Francisco eatery. Run by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Elizabeth Prueitt and baker Chad Robertson since 2005, Bar Tartine is sophisticated but unpretentious. Chef Nicolaus Balla pickles, smokes, and bakes seasonal ingredients for his monthly menus and offers dishes like beet and avocado salad alongside blood sausage with mushrooms. The cozy setting, right off a bustling street in the Mission District, evokes the comfort of your own home, but the menu tells you you're in for a fine dining experience. Tartine Bakery is the restaurant's sister establishment, so the bread basket is a must.

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There are some 200,000 full-service restaurants in America, so it's no small task to determine the best ones. Can you compare a roadside burger joint with an urban fine-dining restaurant whose theme changes every few months? "Best restaurant" lists are tricky, but answering these questions is what the third annual list of The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America sets out to do. A list of 303 nominees was narrowed to 202, then voted on by a panel of 174 judges and our staff, with each restaurant getting the chance to be selected three times on the basis of location, type of cuisine, and factors of price, level of "buzz," formality of food and atmosphere, classic status, and epic meal experience offered. - Arthur Bovino, The Daily Meal



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