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Yelp Ranks the Top 100 Places To Eat in America in 2015

Yelp Ranks the Top 100 Places To Eat in America in 2015: Photo courtesy of michaeldorausch.com

Photo courtesy of michaeldorausch.com

The recent unveiling of Yelp’s 2015 edition of the top 100 places to eat in America might leave you feeling a bit underwhelmed. Compiled by Yelp data scientists from user-generated reviews and comments, the list determined which places were the most popular and the most well-reviewed in America. But before you dive into the list and start trying to figure out which places you’ll need to check out, keep a few things in mind about the often controversial site.

For starters, Yelp has been accused on multiple occasions of rigging reviews in order to get restaurants to buy ads, however a Federal Appeals Court threw out a class action lawsuit against them in the fall. Despite the victory there, ratings can still be suspect because of the presence of fake reviews on the site, which Yelp itself is fighting against in courts.

But hey, maybe Yelp did fairly try to rank the 100 best restaurants in America. But after browsing through the list, you’ll notice there’s nothing like a Per Se or a NoBu listed anywhere. It’s rather a pretty decent collection of food carts, bakeries, pizzerias, frozen yogurt places and delis. Even though the list includes some tasty BBQ spots like Copper Top in Big Pine, CA and a handful of Vegas hotspots, where are the places I need to eat at before I die? Don’t get me wrong I love a good frozen yogurt place but how can you compare that to a high profile restaurant in NYC or Miami? Well you really can’t.

Hannah Goldfield says my final thoughts perfectly in her 2014 New Yorker column The Crowd Vs. the Critics, “But, in this age of Yelp and Michelin stars, we run the risk of forgetting what real restaurant reviews are worth.”


Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015

  1. Copper Top BBQ – Big Pine, CA
  2. Art of Flavors – Las Vegas, NV
  3. Soho Japanese Restaurant – Las Vegas, NV
  4. TKB Bakery and Deli – Indio, CA
  5. Ono Seafood – Honolulu, HI
  6. Shark Pit Maui – Lahaina, HI
  7. Gaucho Parilla Argentina – Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Bobboi Natural Gelato – La Jolla, CA
  9. Golden Bear Trading Company – San Francisco, CA
  10. Little Miss BBQ – Phoenix, AZ
  11. Dat Cajun Guy – Haleiwa, HI
  12. Sweet Dogs – Miami, FL
  13. Aviva by Kameel – Atlanta, GA
  14. Sweet Spice – Savannah, GA
  15. Royal Taj – Columbia, MD
  16. Arun’s Indian Kichen – Coral Spring, FL
  17. Hall’s Chophouse – Charleston, SC
  18. Bronze Cafe – Las Vegas, NV
  19. Saffron and Rose Ice Cream – Los Angeles, CA
  20. Buddha Thai Bistro – Vacaville, CA
  21. Yoshino Japanese Deli – Carlsbad, CA
  22. Big Al’s Pizzeria – Maywood, CA
  23. Andytown Coffee Roasters – San Francisco, CA
  24. Kech Cafe – Fountain Valley, CA
  25. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que – Kansas City, KS
  26. Los Andes Restaurant – Providence, RI
  27. Lahaina Luna Cafe – Lahaina, HI
  28. Bell Street Farm – Los Alamos, CA
  29. Tacos El Gordo De Tijuana BC – Chula Vista, CA
  30. Detroit Coney Grill – Tempe, AZ
  31. Sessions West Coast Deli – Newport Beach, CA
  32. Baguette Cafe – Las Vegas, NV
  33. Carrara Pastries – Moorpark, CA
  34. Bogart’s Smokehouse – Saint Louis, MO
  35. Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia, PA
  36. Piperi Mediterranean Grill – Boston, MA
  37. Kitchen Table Cafe – Denver, CO
  38. Mood Cafe – Philadelphia, PA
  39. Santos Lucha Libre – Phoenix, AZ
  40. Porto’s Bakery – Burbank, CA
  41. El Dorado Cantina - Las Vegas, NV
  42. Jougert Bar – Burlingame, CA
  43. Araya’s Place Thai Vegan Restaurant – Los Angeles, CA
  44. Joe’s Falafel – Los Angeles, CA
  45. Persimmon Cafe – Charleston, SC
  46. Beiler’s Bakery – Philadelphia, PA
  47. Starbread – Sacramento, CA
  48. Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant – Greenacres, FL
  49. Vitality Tap – San Diego, CA
  50. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse – Downers Grove, IL
  51. Da Poke Shack - Kailua Kona, HI
  52. Poke Express – Las Vegas, NV
  53. Murakame Udon – Honolulu, HI
  54. Bronzed Aussie – Los Angeles, CA
  55. Bite Into Maine – Cape Elizabeth, ME
  56. Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX
  57. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – San Diego, CA
  58. Hey!… You Gonna Eat or What? – Austin, TX
  59. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen – Newport Beach, CA
  60. Outlaws Cafe – Van Nuys, CA
  61. Subculture Extraordinary Sandwiches – Huntington Beach, CA
  62. Go Greek Yogurt – Beverly Hills, CA
  63. Ninja Sushi and Teriyaki – Roseville, CA
  64. Los Agaves – Santa Barbara, CA
  65. Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli – Astoria, NY
  66. Genie Den – Garden Grove, CA
  67. Garbo’s Grill – Key West, FL
  68. T-Deli – San Diego, CA
  69. Rose’s Luxury – Washington, DC
  70. Embargo Grill – San Diego, CA
  71. Your Kitchen – Honolulu, HI
  72. LouEddie’s Pizza – Skyforest, CA
  73. Blues City Deli – Saint Louis, MO
  74. Dametra Cafe – Carmel, CA
  75. Nick’s Next Door – Los Gatos, CA
  76. Don Julio’s Rincon Latin Grill and Pupusas – Rohnert Park, CA
  77. Mr. Mama’s – Las Vegas, NV
  78. Los Tacos No. 1 – New York, NY
  79. Beyer Deli – San Diego, CA
  80. Mojo Donuts – Pembroke Pines, FL
  81. Peter’s Kettle Corn – Oakland, CA
  82. The Pocket Burger Shack – Sunset Beach, CA
  83. Mouthful Eatery – Thousand Oaks, CA
  84. Playground 2.0 – Santa Ana, CA
  85. Monell’s Dining & Catering – Nashville, TN
  86. Zenwich – Elmhurst, IL
  87. Commonwealth Restaurant – Burbank, CA
  88. Istanbul Grill California – Fountain Valley, CA
  89. Mister Falafel – San Diego, CA
  90. Vietnam Poblano – Houston, TX
  91. Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering – Waipahu, HI
  92. Yak’s On The 5 – Dunsmuir, CA
  93. Titas Taco House – Humble, TX
  94. Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana – Phoenix, AZ
  95. Eli’s BBQ – Cincinnati, OH
  96. Johnny Pacific – Winnetka, CA
  97. The Cinnamon Snail – New York, NY
  98. Cafe la Maude – Philadelphia, PA
  99. Cream Pan – Tustin, CA
  100. Pi-Hi Cafe – Chicago, IL

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