It’s a lot of the highly advertised and mostly well known places – many are listed in Zagot. For example, they list Lebanese Taverna, which is a local chain of two anchor restaurants and a couple cafes. But they fail to mention the much better Mama Ayesha’s, which is more unknown and definately fits the "where the locals eat" idea. They mention the small chain, "Giffords" for ice cream, but over look the modest "Max’s Best" who doesn’t really advertise.
Some of the best grub in DC isn’t even mentioned -for diners, they don’t even list Florida Ave. Grill but they do list the chain Cafe Deluxe, they don’t mention Faccia Luna for pizza but they mention Cafe Luna – which is largely a vegitarian and pasta place and not really known for pizza. They don’t mention Old Europe and other true neightborhood places, just the places that get reviewed every where else.
It’s not to say that all the places they mention aren’t good, it’s just that there is really very little distinctness to their list. I’m so glad to have the Roadfood.com forums, where the real locals tell us where to go.
I checked Seattle, too, and found that one of my favorite places is still around. 13 Coins. The one at Seatac. I don’t know why it’s one of my favorite places. I just really like it.
Click on "Category Winners" at the top of the screen for a more abbreviated viewing. One disagreement for Charlotte’s "Best Thai" as Thai Taste on East Blvd.: NO WAY. Who in the world decided that?!? The best is a tie between Thai House on Sharon Amity and Thai Orchid on Providence…[:p] Chris
P.S. Davydd hit the nail on the head above! Thank you, sir!
Minneapolis/St. Paul is also an eclectic mix. After looking over the list I sense the lemming syndrome. There are a lot of places on the list I would not consider the best and there are a lot of deserving places not on the list. It is just a well done list and with a 100 or so on the list you can find something deserving and probably can’t go wrong.
In looking at Washington DC area the recommendations run the gamut from economy — Ben’s Chili Bowl, Five Guys — to very fancy — The Inn at Little Washington — with a lot to choose in between.
Great site well done…Russ
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I think it looks like a site worthy of viewing and gathering ideas.
… seems pretty comprehensive … seems to lean a bit upscale.
It just came up on StumbleUpon and I haven’t had much time to explore it.
I checked Seattle and noticed it listed Bai Tong which is now an empty lot (too bad, by the way.)
A worthy site:
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