By Chris Macias
Sacramento diners pinch their pennies when it comes to tipping, compared to more than two dozen cities around the country. Those were among the results released today from Zagat's 2011 America's Top Restaurants Survey. While the national average for restaurant tipping was 19.2 percent, Sacramento ranked second-to-last in the survey with an 18.6 average tip. Only Hawaii ranked lower in this survey of 31 national markets, logging an 18.4 percent tip. San Francisco and Seattle tied Sacramento with an average 18.6 percent tip, showing that the west coast lagged overall in tipping compared to the rest of the country. New Orleans ranked highest for tipping at an average 19.7 percent.
In terms of overall tipping trends, the national average of a 19.2 percent tip is up from 19.1 percent last year.
In other Zagat news, here are the Top 5 Sacramento restaurants for overall food:
1. Le Bonne Soupe
2. The Kitchen
3. The Waterboy
5. Biba Restaurant
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