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Travelers Talked & TripAdvisor Listened, Discover the Best US Restaurants


Good food is as essential to travel as is good lodging, but not all tasty meals come at a high price.

Columns, Lifestyle, Travel, Food, Restaurants, Fine Dining, TripAdvisor

Image Credit: Halls Chophouse (awarded #4 for fine dining)

The top fine dining restaurant in the United States is located in none other than Chicago, Illinois, according to TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice awards for restaurants. Alinea serves modern American cuisine, but the other top spots range in menu.

Good food is as essential to travel as is good lodging, but not all tasty meals come at a high price. This year, the travel planning and booking site also analyzed responses from its users to cook up a ranking of the top 10 bargain restaurants in the US.

“Thanks to the insights from the millions of tastemakers in the TripAdvisor community, we’re excited to recognize the top restaurants around the world,” says Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “This esteemed restaurants list can be consulted for a special night out, a meal without breaking the bank, or anyone looking to book a special gourmet getaway.”

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurant in the US

1. Alinea (Chicago, Illinois) modern American cuisine

2. Victoria & Albert’s (Orlando, Florida) modern American cuisine

3. Per Se (New York, New York) a nine-course tasting menu of classic French fare

4. Halls Chophouse (Charleston, South Carolina) classic steak (and other fare)

5. Bouley (New York, New York) fresh fare with a French nuance (after more than 30 years, the restaurant may be closing at the end of 2016)

6. Charleston Grill (Charleston, South Carolina) Lowcountry cuisine with a French spin

7. Daniel (New York, New York) a blend of classic and contemporary French cuisine

8. Restaurant Gary Danko (San Francisco, California) creative take on classic French cuisine

9. The French Laundry (Yountville, California) classic French cuisine

10. Mama’s Fish House (Paia, Maui, Hawaii) seafood with a Hawaiian flare

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Bargain Dining Restaurant in the US

1. Old Tyme Grocery (Lafayette, Louisiana) great New Orleans-style po’boys (poor boys)

2. Mas Tacos (Nashville, Tennessee) noted tacos as well as tortilla soup and fried plantains

3. Phillippe the Original (Los Angeles, California) famous for the French dip sandwich

4. Stewby’s Seafood Shanty (Fort Walton, Florida) serves fresh seafood and seasonings

5. Home Slice Pizza (Austin, Texas) good New York-style pizza

6. Brown Dog Deli (Charleston, South Carolina) savory specialty sandwiches including the pulled pork Pig n’ Fig

7. Helena’s Hawaiian Food (Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii) tasty traditional Hawaiian fare such as kalua pig and short ribs pipikaula-style

8. Pantry Restaurant (Santa Fe, New Mexico) known for its breakfast burritos and brisket tacos

9. Eli’s BBQ (Cincinnati, Ohio) line up for the baked beans, pulled pork and jalapeno cheddar grits

10. Saw’s Soul Kitchen (Birmingham, Alabama) popular for pork, greens, grits and sweet-tea fried chicken

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