The Best Restaurants in America

December 5, 2016

My job as Eater’s restaurant editor is to travel the country year-round. (Greatest gig ever.) At each destination — whether I’m reviewing a specific restaurant in Los Angeles or Indianapolis, or gorging my way through the astonishing breadth of Houston’s dining scene, or writing about the Vietnamese cultural influence on New Orleans — I’m also deliberating over which places to include on this annual list of 38 restaurants. It’s the cornerstone of my work, the culmination of my calendar.

“Best” is the most subjective word in the English language, and narrowing down this group is as grueling as it is