Monday, May 14, 2007

America's Best Restaurant Cities

"Today ... most major cities in the U.S. have the kind of gastronomic diversity and regionality that is rich in every department, and even if you’ve visited recently, you can be sure that next time you go, there’ll be more new and enticing restaurants than you could possibly visit," writes Donald Burnam in a recent piece, "America's Best Restaurant Cities." "It’s getting hard not to have a great meal anywhere in the U.S.." Burnam continues.

Forbes' Top 10 Restaurant Cities:
1. New York City
2. Chicago
3. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles
5. New Orleans
6. Houston
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Atlanta
9. Boston
10. Las Vegas

Rankings were based on: Overall number of restaurants above the fast food level; Number of fine dining restaurants with national and international standing; Solid representation of regional American food; A wide segment of second-tier restaurants that would include seafood, steakhouses, and independently chef-owned restaurants; Breadth and depth of ethnic restaurants, especially if the city has neighborhood such as a Chinatown; A significant number of neigborhood restaurants where the locals tend to eat out regularly; A well-traveled clientele that regards eating out in that city one of the real pleasures of going there.

IN THE NEWS: David Farkas reviews Mint Cafe, 1791 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, in The Plain Dealer. ... Columnist Bill Lubinger reports: "Agave, a new locally owned tequilarilla and grill featuring Latin-Mexican fusion cuisine, will fill the rest of the former Hoggy's restaurant at Crocker Park in Westlake ... He's shooting for a late August opening, once the space is overhauled into a lively, colorful room with a glass storefront to expose the hip-shaking energy inside. ... And one of the city's hottest sushi restaurants is coming to Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, Stark Enterprises' other lifestyle center. Pacific East on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights is opening a second location next to Paladar in the rest of the former Bossa Nova spot. Look for an October opening. ... The Pub, an English-style restaurant and tavern with 20-plus beers on tap, will fill the former Gamekeeper's space at Beachcliff Market Square in Rocky River. Beth Kretschmar, the center's manager, said a September opening is likely. The Pub is one of four dining concepts by the Cincinnati-based Tavern Restaurant Group, which also operates the Polo Grille, Nicholson's Tavern & Pub and deSha's Restaurant & Bar in southwest Ohio and Louisville and Lexington, Ky. ... As it does each May through October, Jackalope Lakeside has opened for lunches and on Sundays. ... Velocity American Bistro, on Clifton Boulevard near the Cleveland-Lakewood border, was due to reopen Tuesday (May 15) after a fire had shut the place down just two months after opening last spring. ... Management at C&Y Chinese Restaurant in downtown Cleveland expected to reopen Tuesday after closing for about a month to remodel. . . .The closed Hornblowers Barge & Grille, with its prime downtown lakefront site, is getting some looks from possible buyers, but just tire-kickers so far. ... The Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern has opened in Solon with a menu featuring deep-fried pickles, fish and chips and 80 international beers in a casual, family-friendly setting. Cameron Mitchell (Mitchell's Fish Market in Woodmere) is a partner in the Columbus-based chain." ... Cleveland Scene critic Elaine Cicora reviews Babushka's Kitchen in Northfield Center Township and also stops by Kris Kreiger's Berea butcher shop, Chef's Choice Meats. ... Blogger reviews Longo’s Pizzeria, 8907 Mentor Ave. in Mentor ...
Compiled by Pat Embry,

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