Top 100 Restaurant Reviews

Oleana, Cambridge, MA (Mediterranean)

Chef Ana Sortun graduated from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine de Paris before opening Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro in Concord, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. She is cited as one of the country’s “best creative practitioners” and was awarded the Best Chef: Northeast honor by the James Beard Foundation. A trip to Turkey early in her career revolutionized her culinary offerings. There she learned how to use spices to create richness, depth and flavor without heaviness. Her best selling cookbook, “SPICE: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean,” passes this knowledge along. The fresh, organic produce at her restaurants is grown on her farm which is run [...]

By |2020-04-24T13:55:00-04:00April 24th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Marea, New York, NY (Italian)

Chef Michael White, originally from Wisconsin, decided to attend Kendall Culinary Institute where he graduated and began working at Chicago’s Spiaggia. He then went to Imola for 7 years to study at the acclaimed San Domenico. Upon returning to the United States, he opened restaurants in New Jersey until forming the Altamarea Group with Ahmass Fakahny and opening area. Since then, they have opened other award winning restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Dubai and Istanbul. Chef white has received awards from Michelin, Relais & Chateaux, James Beard Foundation, Zagats and other organizations. He has also cooked for several U.S. Presidents. Marea’s cuisine features [...]

By |2020-04-24T13:54:55-04:00April 21st, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

J & G Steakhouse, Scottsdale, AZ (Steakhouse)

Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten is renowned for his restaurants around the world. Chef Jacques Qualin caught the attention of Jean Georges who hired him to serve as First Sous Chef at his renowned restaurant in New York which launched Vongerichten’s culinary empire. Originally from France, Chef Qualin began to work in hotel kitchens at 16 before going to Paris to work with at Restaurant Tallevent in Paris. When he came to America, he worked with Daniel Boulud at New York’s Le Cirque before going to work with Jean Georges. When Jean Georges decided to open a restaurant in upstate New York, Chef Qualin collaborated again [...]

By |2020-04-07T12:25:24-04:00April 7th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Commis, Oakland, CA (New American)

Chef James Syhabout began his culinary career by working in his mother’s Thai restaurant. When he graduated from high school, he enrolled in the California Culinary Academy. Upon graduation, he began working at Betelnut in San Francisco and then Manresa where Chef David Kinch became his mentor. From there he opened Coi with Daniel Patterson. He also trained in Michelin starred restaurants in Spain and Britain. When his mother moved back to her homeland, he decided to learn more about the foods of his heritage. He incorporates his Asian roots as well as his global influences from restaurants around the world. The menu at Commis [...]

By |2020-04-06T12:25:24-04:00March 31st, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Fiola

Fiola, Washington DC (Italian) Chef: Fabio Trabocchi Born in the Region of Acana, Italy, Chef Fabio Trabocchi discovered his passion for cooking at a very young age. He pursued his culinary education in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Washington DC. After meeting his wife, Maria in the early 90’s, they formed Trabocchi Restaurants in 2011, touting five restaurants to their name, and are known as the most influential people in the DC culinary scene. Driven by the desire for perfection, and respect for culture and tradition, Chef Trabocchi seeks to create an environment that he enjoys and hopes that his guests too will find it [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:32:56-05:00June 28th, 2019|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Menton by Chef Barbara Lynch

Menton, Boston, MA (French) Chef: Barbara Lynch Chef Barbara Lynch believes that every empty plate is waiting for a story and it is her job to create a great meal coupled with lively hospitality and outstanding drink. The winner of three James Beard Awards for her various restaurants in 2003, 2012, and 2013, Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of the world’s leading Chefs. Beginning her culinary career in her early teens, Lynch spent time in Italy learning classic Italian cuisine, before returning to Boston to work in multiple leading kitchens before opening her own restaurants. In 2017, Chef Lynch was listed as one of [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:33:09-05:00June 27th, 2019|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Norman’s by Chef Norman Van Aken

Normans, Orlando, FL (Latin) Chef: Norman Van Aken “The fires of fusion are coming”. Written by Chef Norman Van Aken, embodies his take on the culinary arts. Van Aken is a widely well-respected American Chef, who is credited with the title of being “the founding father of New World Cuisine”. New World Cuisine is known as a blending of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African, and American flavors. All these flavors are celebrated by Van Aken at his restaurant. A native Floridian, Van Aken was merging together ethnic flavors, and blazing the trail for a new type of cuisine long before others were attempting to do so. [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:33:20-05:00June 26th, 2019|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Peche Seafood Grill

Peche Seafood Grill, New Orleans, LA (Seafood) Chef: Donald Link A Louisiana Native, Chef Donald Link began his culinary career early on in his childhood, fueled by inspiration from the Cajun and Southern cooking of his grandparents. One of the most respected and prominent Chef’s in New Orleans, Link owns and manages multiple restaurants in the area. Link’s flagship restaurant, Herbsaint, earned him a James Beard Award in 2017 for Best Chef, South, and Link was recognized by the Louisiana Restaurant Association as Restaurateur of the Year in 2012. Opened in the Spring of 2013, Peche Seafood Grill focuses on serving simply prepared seafood dishes [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:33:35-05:00June 25th, 2019|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

The River Café

The River Café, Brooklyn, NY (New American) Chef: Brad Steelman The River Café has been responsible for launching many famous chefs into the NYC culinary scene from Larry Forgione and Charlie Palmer to David Burke and now Brad Steelman. Steelman moved to NYC early in his culinary career for a Sous Chef position at Montrachet and enjoyed stints as Sous Chef at various other famous New York restaurants including The River Café. Now Steelman has returned to The River Café as Executive Chef, carrying on the long legacy of amazing Chefs and delectable dishes. Many have called Steelman’s cooking as straight forward, containing honest flavors, [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:33:56-05:00June 24th, 2019|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

The Walrus and The Carpenter

The Walrus and The Carpenter, Seattle, WA (Seafood) Chef: Renee Erickson Renee Erickson is a widely respected Chef, Restauranteur, and Author who manages multiple restaurants in the Seattle area. Erickson is native to Seattle and all her restaurants feature the bounty of the area with a bit of the European culinary flair that she is known for. The winner of the James Beard Award in 2016 for Best Chef: Northwest, Erickson has been likened to Julia Child by Bon Appetit for her influence as a Chef. Renee strives to ensure that all her restaurants have a comfortable and casual atmosphere based on simple style and [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:34:04-05:00June 23rd, 2019|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|