The Best Restaurants In America

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We asked some of our favorite foodies and professional chefs to pick their absolute favorite restaurant in America, and they very much rose to the occasion! Plus, we've added some of the best local spots chosen by YOU, our viewers, who have been more grateful than ever for your all-time favorites during the pandemic. 

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So go ahead, add all of these to your bucket list!


Alex Guarnaschelli: Joan's on Third, Los Angeles, CA / Studio City, CA

Andrew Zimmern: The one I haven't been to yet!

Buddy Valastro: Prime 112, Miami Beach, FL

Chris Kimball, Clodagh McKenna: Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA

Curtis Stone: Dominique Crenn's Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA

Curtis Stone: Back on the Beach Cafe, Santa Monica, CA

Daniel Holzman: Hopscotch, Oakland, CA

Daym Drops: Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, New York, NY

Don Drucker: Superdawg, Chicago, IL

Duff Goldman: Pea Soup Andersens, Buellton, CA

Emeril Lagasse: Matsuhisa, Aspen, CO / Beverly Hills, CA

Fabio Viviani: Nobu Malibu, Malibu, CA

Floyd Cardoz: Sushi Nakazawa, New York, NY

Gail Simmons: O Ya Boston, Boston, MA

Geno Vento: Davio's

Graham Elliot: Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, HI 

Hugh Mangum: Eventide, Portland, ME

Jason Smith: P.J. Clarke's, Washington, DC

Jeff Mauro: Oriole, Chicago, IL

Jeff Mauro: Maria's, Chicago, IL

Jet Tila: Alinea, Chicago, IL

Josh Capon: Le Bernardin, New York, NY

Kelsey Nixon: Uchi, Austin, TX


Marc Murphy: Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Miami, FL

Melissa Clark: Lilia, Brooklyn, NY

Michael Chernow: State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, CA

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Mike Solomonov: Shuko, New York, NY

Rachael Ray: Le Coucou, New York, NY / Wu Chow, Austin, TX

Richard Blais: Tartine, New York, NY

Ryan Scott: Michael Lomonaco's Porter House, New York, NY

Scott Conant: Ferdinando's Focacceria, Brooklyn, NY

Stephanie Izard: Toro, New York, NY

Sunny Anderson: Mother's, New Orleans, LA

The Pizza Cousins: Fornos Of Spain, Newark, NJ


Alexa: Veselka, New York, NY

Laurie: Leilu, Huntington, NY

The Reynolds Family: Amore Trattoria, Grand Rapids, MI

Marisa and Brian: Lilly's Cafe, New Orleans, LA

Monica: Kimchi Smoke, Westwood, NJ


Jim's Pizza Box, Milan, OH; Huron, OH; Vermilion, OH 

Keep checking back for more of your recs and submit your own here!

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