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A Five-Star Gear Patrol Dining Survey

The 25 Best Restaurants in America

Trusting someone with a restaurant suggestion is a show of great faith. A good suggestion puts you in the inner circle, a candidate for godfather of the next child, a guy whose name is mentioned behind closed doors, approvingly, with vigorous nodding. A bad suggestion keeps both parties involved up at night. There is so much good food in America right now that winnowing the lot to a few handfuls of the best is difficult. Do you include the roadside shack that isn’t technically a restaurant? Do you disqualify a place for foam smears and cheese dust? Are you being persuaded by hype?

And so our litmus test was simple: these 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in Chicago, Denver, Houston or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. Thank you. You’re welcome.

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Having a hard time getting a seat in Yountville? Instead of constantly hitting the redial button for reservations, the chefs-for-hire team at Kitchit offers a different solution that will have you feeling right at home. The San Francisco-based web company brings some of the top chefs in the country — including those of The French…

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Swine Sublime

The Publican Restaurant

Aside from exotic cars, sports and beautiful women, beer and pork rank high on the list of things that occupy significant brain space for most red-blooded men. Combine these modern day nectar and ambrosia with a massive, communal walnut table set up in a racetrack style, along with warm globe lighting suspended from the ceiling…

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A Guy Friendly Table Setting

CB2 Basketweave Placemats

Placemats are a dining accessory many single guys take for granted. Putting them on the table just seems like extra, unnecessary work. Plus the act of washing them after a few meals just adds insult to injury. Though we won’t disagree with either of those points, we will stop to remind you that details like…

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Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Toothpicks

Triple action Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Toothpicks deliver therapeutic grade Melaleuca alternifolia oil between teeth and at the gum line, help remove debris and plaque in places where brushes can’t reach and leave breath fresh and clean. Uniquely designed from renewable, fast-growing birchwood trees, each toothpick is infused with a powerful array of natural plant…

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Brunton FlipSticks Folding Chopsticks

Despite what many think, chopsticks are possibly one of the most versatile eating utensils, even for rice. Some foods are intended to be eaten with chopsticks – don’t fight it. That includes Chinese, Ramen, and sushi. With the Bruton FlipSticks, chop sticks are never far. Better yet, they’re sheathed in our colorsake. [via Acquire] What…