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Mar 9, 2012 09:14 PM

New England not well represented on 101 best restaurant list.

I just saw a post on the California site remarking that they had scored 11 restaurants on the list that had the temerity to call America's 101 best restaurants. As expected, NYC ran away with the honors. I didn't make an exact count but it seemed like half the choices had a five boroughs area code, including 6 out of the top 10.

New England didn't fare too well: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island each had a single entry on the list. (I may have missed one because my eyes were busy looking at the gorgeous pix of the food, not the credits!) At least they included a few family restaurants, but I had the feeling that most of their choices were way beyond my budget.

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    1. re: ciclista

      The Connecticut one was Pepe's in New Haven, and the RI one was Al Forno. I read the list a couple days ago, but the list is linked in the original post. I was surprised Primo in Rockland, ME didn't make it (and I realize they're on the Northern NE board).

      1. re: harrie

        The inclusion of Al Forno in Providence on the list is all I need to read to know the list isn't worth a damn. Maybe Al Forno ten years ago, but certainly not the Al Forno of today.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Agree, as a Providence resident, that kind of torpedoed any respectability such a list could have for me. And, having lived previously in New Haven, Pepe's certainly has history and some good pies, but one of best 101 restaurants in the NATION?? Really!?!? No... Way...

          That said, I also spend a lot of time in NYC (and Boston) and have lived elsewhere around the country and, let's all be honest here, it wouldn't shock me really if the majority of the best restaurants in the nation were in our 4-5 "world class" cities (add Chicago and Philly to SF, LA, and NYC). I mean, I can't think of a single genre of food I wouldn't rather be eating in restaurants I know in NYC or Minneapolis or SF than here (PVD or Boston).

          From a RI standpoint, I believe places like Gracies, Farmstead, Persimmon, Spiced Pear, etc would be considered excellent restaurants no matter where they were, the above big cities included. I also think Providence is an amazing restaurant city for one of its size. Boston can hold its own, but I've generally been disappointed by beantown offerings and think, like many things about Boston, locals tend to overrate their food quality compared to other big cities.

          But, again, being honest, there's really some amazing food to be had outside New England.

          1. re: Garris

            Sorry, but you lost me at Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

    2. It seems many are pissed that the USA was not well represented...

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      1. re: porker

        The whole list is in the USA...

        1. re: sibeats

          I think he's referring to the fact that the majority of mentions are from NYC and San Francisco. Not exactly representative of the entire country.

      2. It's a matter of hype. Any list that tries to summarize the best anything in restaurants across the nation is going to be a shot in the dark.

        NYC/SF eateries are the most hyped in the nation, so it's no surprise. They're often not even that great, they just know how to build that cachet.

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        1. re: Stylo

          I agree. It should be more like "101 most talked about restaurants" or "101 restaurants you're supposed to like"