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"World Class" USA Restaurant List? Name your nominees

I'd like to know what people think are the WORLD CLASS restaurants located in the US.

World Class? ... meaning they can hold their own with the other great restaurants of the world in all aspects... food, wine, service, atmosphere.

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  1. Daniel
    Jean-Georges
    The Inn at Little Washington

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    1. re: pikawicca

      I'll bite on Daniel and Jean-Georges, but The Inn doesn't rate IMO. I believe Blackberry farm is better than the Inn but even it is not "world class".

      1. re: pikawicca

        Inn at Little Washington's food has gone downhill in recent years. I'd pop over to the DC board to read about it.

        1. re: jpschust

          i had an excellent dinner at inn at little washington in october.

          i second this.

        1. Le Manoir au Quat' Saisons, Great Milton, Oxford, UK.

          I believe it was the first restaurant in the UK to hold a Michelin star.

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          1. re: Dorothy

            Dorothy, I believe the OP is looking for restaurants in the US, not the UK.

          2. Tallent in Bloomington, IN. You do not have to be in one of those huge cities or destiations to experience world class food like you get at Tallent and Dave and Krissy are so talllllented that they don't have resort to gimicks like foams to produce wonderful and interesting food. If you haven't been you are missing out on something very special.

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            1. re: Candy

              You are officially my hero for mentioning this place. I left IU before this place opened (I'm trying to remember what was in its space beforehand). This place is truly excellent. Bloomington has some amazing food for being such a little town. I'd also almost put Elements in Indy on that list too.

              1. re: jpschust

                It was on Kirkwood in a cinder block building that had been a diner of sorts at one time. They have moved out of there and are now on Walnut n what was the old Faris market north of what was the Princess theater. Gorgeous new space. I've not been since the re-open but will go in the next month or so. Just too much going on. They have not yet updated their website but I'm sure they will. C'mon back.

                1. re: Candy

                  I look forward to it. Also, while not world class, other favorite Bloomington eats include Snow Lion, Bombay House, Aver's Pizza (I still dream about the cream and crimson), Int'l Market for shwarma, and Dagwoods where I worked for a summer :)

                  1. re: jpschust

                    MMmmmmm Bombay House. Limestone Grill does some really good stuff with their specials and sadly Truffles just is not what it was since they lost their original chef. It was really fine back then.

                    1. re: Candy

                      You know one of the line guys from Truffles then became the top guy at Trojan, and now I'm not sure where he is. Fischer I think was his name. Really wonderful guy.

            2. Encore - Downtown Memphis