The restaurant guidebook publisher says 30 restaurants received a score of 29 out of a possible 30 for food. The three Chicago restaurants that made the list are:
Most restaurants on the list are very expensive and have impeccable service and attractive décor.
Alinea serves “amazing avant-garde food in a labor-intensive multi-course wild ride that incorporates all the senses,” Zagat said. A three-course dinner with a drink and a tip at the “progressive New American gastronirvana” is an estimated $199 per person.
Zagat Survey also announced the top five restaurants for food in 45 areas of the country. For the Chicago area, it picked, in addition to the three on the top national list, Arun’s, 4156 N. Kedzie, and Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark.
Surprisingly, it isn’t food capitals such as the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas with the most restaurants with a 29 food score. Five restaurants in Sacramento or within an hour’s drive — Ambience, Mulvaney’s, Taste, The Kitchen and Sunflower Drive-In — earned the coveted score.
Three Milwaukee area restaurants earned a 29 food score to make the list: Roots, Sanford, Eddie Martini’s.
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