The Best Restaurant in the US is in San Francisco: The Slanted Door
The #1 restaurant to eat in the U.S. happens to be in San Francisco. On May 2, 2014 the James Beard Foundation named the Slanted Door the nation's outstanding restaurant, an award as prestigious as the Oscar for Best Picture. It's the second time in three years that the award has gone to a San Francisco restaurant.
Charles Phan, chef-owner of the Slanted Door, originally opened the restaurant in 1995 and moved to its current location at the Ferry Building. Phan has been cooking in San Francisco for more than 20 years.
Charles Phan and the Slanted Door weren't the only San Francisco chef and restaurant recognized by the James Beard Foundation this year. Additional awards went to:
Best Chef for Califonia, Nevada and Hawaii: Daniel Patterson of Coi (other San Francisco nominees included Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions; Corey Lee of Benu)
Outstanding Service: The Restaurant at Meadowwood
Best Large Restaurant Design: Jensen Architects for the Shed in Healdsburg, CA
Congratulations to Charles Phan and the rest of the chefs who took home awards. Make your reservations today, as these are the hottest tables in the city and they will go fast.
San Francisco is regularly rated by culinary media and foundations as one of the finest restaurant cities in the world, and it’s easy to understand why – with 49 square miles of great dining, San Francisco is a Mecca for the mouth. The City’s diverse, distinct blending of cultures, creativity and proximity to fresh, sustainable ingredients continues to attract great chefs, with a trail of devoted foodies following in their wake. Stir-fried or simmered. Slow food or street food. Haute or hip. Farm-to-table or caviar and Champagne. No matter what your taste, San Francisco has a menu to match it.