This year, like last year, we did our fair share of dining. We hunted for barbecue in Texas, ate all the burgers in L.A. and went inside the new American supper club. We found that, like television, restaurants are in the best form they’ve ever been. These are 25 of our favorite restaurants in America, chosen by our editors and writers across the country for their newness, their hospitality and the quality of their food — though not always in that order.
Join us in our humanity. Tuck in your shirt. Go out and eat.
Our litmus test was simple and replicates our process for last year: these 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in New York, Minneapolis, Philly, St. Louis, or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. You’re welcome.