We’re in the golden age of reviews. That is to take nothing away from an ever-growing crop of talented food writers and restaurant critics, but let’s face it, we all want that crowd-sourced opinion, rating, or ranking juuuust to be safe.
Reviews.org–a site that traffics in consumer review of all sorts—looked at the top three best-rated restaurants on Yelp in each U.S. state (+ Washington, D.C.), based on a combination of ratings and number of reviews for each. From those three, they selected the top-rated per state to crown 51 winners spanning Maine to Hawaii.
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A few things become clear looking at the full list; Southerners like their breakfast and BBQ with nearly every restaurant in the region falling into one of the two categories. Like Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Georgia or The Breakfast Klub in Houston, Texas, where one reviewer claims it to have “the best wings and waffles I’ve ever had.”
“American” cuisine–a semi-ambiguous culinary category that includes southern, diner, and vegan food on Yelp–makes a strong showing, unsurprisingly, listed as the “cuisine” of a top-reviewed restaurant in 13 states, including Stephanie Izard’s famed Girl & The Goat in Chicago, Illinois, and Founding Farmers, a farmer-owned outpost in Washington, D.C. Pizza, burgers, and seafood also made multiple appearances on the list with many coastal states rating seafood restaurants best.
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One of the biggest surprises was New York’s top-rated restaurant, Burger & Lobster. While its two locations in Manhattan serve up perfectly tasty, you guessed it, burgers and lobster, in a city brimming with much of the world’s top brass, the London-born surf & turf chain is seldom included in a “best restaurant” conversation (editors note: I have been and wholly enjoyed myself). The LOL award definitely goes to famous (infamous?) Las Vegas buffet Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace which took first place in Nevada.
Check out the full list of top-rated restaurants in each U.S. state (and D.C.).