2011 Restaurants Most “Fit for Foodies”

Considering their diners as informed, adventurous and appreciative of unique dining, OpenTable asked them to disclose which restaurants they consider to be the most “Fit for Foodies”.

After collecting more than 10 million restaurant reviews, OpenTable compiled their 2011 Diners’ Choice list of the top 50 restaurants for foodies (in alphabetical order). Enjoy a closer look at the first five below and then browse through the rest of the top 50 at the bottom.

Abattoir in Atlanta, GA, Serves: Organic

The latest dining venture to come from chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison with partner and executive Chef Joshua Hopkins. Abattoir is French for “slaughterhouse” and is an American chophouse specializing in the use of locally raised proteins to produce high-quality, affordable food. The restaurant serves freshly butchered whole fowl, fish, beef, pork and other game and the menu is based around the “whole animal cuisine” a term referring to the use of every functional piece of the animal.

Ad Hoc in Yountville, CA, Serves: American

Thomas Keller’s ad hoc, which literally means “for this purpose,” was originally intended to be just a temporary restaurant that was opened during the development of a very different concept. But, as is typically with Keller, he has such a loyal following and it was decided that it must be a permanent fixture in Yountville. Ad Hoc serves a prix fixe 4-course chalkboard menu that changes daily. Food is served family style and is described best as comfort food.

Aldea in New York, NY, Serves Mediterranean

Chef/owner George Mendes opening this in the spring of 2009 elevating Portuguese cuisine in New York. This is a New York Times 2 star-rated restaurant and it features seating in an open kitchen where diners are at the center of the action.

Annisa in New York, NY, Serves: American

This is a small, fine dining establishment in the West Village owned and operated by Chef Anita Lo, winner of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best new Chef Award 2001. Annisa serves contemporary American cuisine with Asian accents in a beautiful and soothing dining room.

Bergamot in Somerville, MA, Serves: Contemporary American

Bergamot is a neighborhood restaurant serving progressive American cuisine in a casual elegant space.

Remaining 45 on list:

Bibou – Philadelphia,PA – French

Blackbird – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American

Blue Hill – New York,  NY – American

Bonsoirée – Chicago, IL – Contemporary French

Camino – Oakland, CA – Californian

Canteen – San Francisco, CA – American

Cascina Spinasse – Seattle, WA – Italian

Coi      San Francisco  CA       Contemporary American

Commis (Oakland) – Oakland, CA- Californian

Commonwealth – San Francisco – San Francisco, CA – Contemporary American

Craigie on Main – Cambridge, MA – French

Dirt Candy – New York, NY – Contemporary American

FIG – Charleston, SC – Mediterranean

Fond – Philadelphia, PA – Contemporary American

Forage – Salt Lake City, UT – Contemporary American

Frances- San Francisco, CA – Californian

Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, CO – Italian

The French Laundry – Yountville, CA – American

Gather – Berkeley, CA – Organic

Girl & the Goat – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American

Graham Elliot – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American

Hatfields – Los Angeles, CA – Contemporary American

Haute Dish – Minneapolis, MN – American

Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market – St. Paul, MN – Contemporary American

Hungry Mother – Cambridge, MA – Contemporary American

Local 127 – Cincinnati, OH – American

Menton – Boston, MA – French

Mistral Kitchen – Seattle, WA – Global, International

Noca – Phoenix, AZ – Contemporary American

o ya – Boston, MA – Japanese

Osteria Mozza – Los Angeles, CA – Italian

Park Kitchen – Portland, OR – Contemporary American

Piccolo            – Minneapolis, MN – Contemporary American

The Publican – Chicago, IL – American

Range – San Francisco, CA – Californian

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge – Minneapolis, MN – Mediterranean

Saison – San Francisco, CA – Contemporary American

Sprout Chicago – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American

Spur Gastropub – Seattle, WA – Gastro Pub

Staple & Fancy Mercantile – Seattle, WA – Italian

Tilth – Seattle, WA – American

Ubuntu Napa – Napa, CA – Organic

wd-50 – New York, NY – American

Wexler’s – San Francisco , CA – Barbecue

Source: OpenTable