February 23, 2012
23 California restaurants are among the nation's '101 best'

MAJ RESTURATEUR PAWLCYN.JPGWe Californians already know our state boasts some of the top restaurants in the nation, if not the world. Now the Daily Meal agrees.

The online - which reports on all things food and drink - just released its second annual list of the 101 Best Restaurants in America.

"Our team of editors, restaurant critics and food bloggers from around the country boiled down a selection of 202 restaurants to 101," said Daily Meal editorial director Colman Andrews by email. "From ultra-casual to super-fancy, old-fashioned to avant-garde, the final list covers all flavors of the food world and corners of the country."

By the way, restaurateur-chef Cindy Pawlcyn (pictured), whose Mustard's Grill in Napa placed 55th in the ranking, appeared for the Sacramento Bee Book Club in September 2010.

For the complete list and a slide show, go to

The 23 California honorees are:

Michael Mina, San Francisco (No. 99)
Jitlada, Los Angeles (No. 97)
Boulevard, San Francisco (No. 92)
Son of a Gun, Los Angeles (No. 85)
The Bazaar, Los Angeles (No. 81)
La Taqueria, San Francisco (No. 80)
The Hitching Post II, Buellton (No. 79)
Gjelina, Venice (No. 78)
Ad Hoc, Yountville (No. 76)
Father's Office, Los Angeles (No. 75)
Valentino, Santa Monica (No. 72)
Coi, San Francisco (No. 71)
Spago, Los Angeles (No. 64)
Mustard's Grill, Napa (No. 55)
Lucques, Los Angeles (No. 51)
Fig, Los Angeles (No. 50)
Slanted Door, San Francisco (No. 42)
Flour + Water, San Francisco (No. 39)
Zuni Cafe, San Francisco (No. 36)
Bouchon, Yountville (No. 29)
Animal, Los Angeles (No. 25)
French Laundry, Yountville (No. 5)
Chez Panisse, Berkeley (No. 3)

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