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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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Pop quiz: Name a three things that get better with age. Wine? Of course. Beef? Within reason. The GP crew? You’re damn right, partner. And number four, for good measure, is a cast iron skillet. Before there were non-stick pans coated in Teflon or enamel, there was cast iron, the original non-stick surface thanks to…

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Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

Crack pie isn’t a label most bakeries would readily slap on one of their confections, but then again most bakeries aren’t run by Christina Tosi. Inspired by her nostalgia for the teeth-depleting sugared cereals of Saturday morning fame and probably more than a few hits off of the peace pipe, her offbeat sweet tooth captured…

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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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Arthur’s Tavern

Restaurant Review By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo Recession proof steakhouse. New York is full of famous steak houses. There’s Peter Luger’s, Wolfgang’s (not Puck), and of course the infamous Sparks (where a certain Gambino crime boss met his demise). Yes, all three are good and I have neglected many. But all the good places in…

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The Spotted Pig

Restaurant Review Dinner? Breakfast? Lunch? Yes. Its gastro-pub ambiance hides the fact that The Spotted Pig here in New York’s West Village, helmed by April Bloomfield (chef and principal owner) is a traditionalist’s delight. That traditionalist being me. I am a self-professed antagonist of the modern-day bloated über-restaurant, something major metropolitan areas are teeming with….

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House of Nanking

Restaurant Review By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo You too will be in line waiting for House of Nanking    Courtesy: Saturnism I hate Chinese food… let me clarify; I hate Americanized Chinese food. I categorize venues like Panda Express and PF Chang’s (not good) – laden with overly sweet chicken dishes that feed America’s need to…