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Guide Names 30 'Most Important' Restaurants
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From Elissa  Elan, Nation's Restaurant News: Thomas Keller's French Laundry and Per Se restaurants topped this year's list of the "30 Most Important Restaurants in the United States," according to online guide Opinionated About Dining. The annual survey was conducted between Sept. 1, 2009, and Jan. 8, 2010, and is based on more than 29,000 rankings from about 1,900 respondents, said Steve Plotnicki, founder and publisher of Opinionated About Dining.

The list is composed of restaurants that earn a rating of at least 95 points in the Opinionated About Dining guide. The French Laundry took the top spot for the second year in a row with a perfect score of 100, while Per Se, which scored 99.73, was ranked second.

The full survey, which examines 1,000 restaurants throughout the United States, will be released March 1.

The 30 Most Important Restaurants in the United States and their ratings, according to Opinionated About Dining:

    1. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif., 100
    2. Per Se, New York, 99.73
    3. Masa, New York, 99.00
    4. Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif., 98.53
    5. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y., 98.50
    6. Mini-Bar, Washington, D.C., 98.48
    7. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, Calif., 98.43
    8. Jean Georges, New York, 98.30
    9. Alinea, Chicago, 97.78
    10. Corton, New York, 97.53
    11. McCrady's, Charleston, S.C., 97.50
    12. Le Bernardin, New York, 97.17
    13. Sushi Yasuda, New York, 97.08
    14. Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, 97.00
    15. Schwa, Chicago, 96.71
    16. Kuruma Sushi, New York, 96.43
    17. Eleven Madison Park, New York, 96.27
    18. Momofuku Ko, New York, 96.26
    19. Komi, Washington, D.C., 96.11
    20. Cyrus, Healdsburg, Calif., 95.93
    20. Providence, Los Angeles, 95.93
    22. Marinus, Carmel, Calif., 95.81
    23. Town House, Chilhowie, Va, 95.73
    24. Coi, San Francisco, 95.72
    25. Hugo's, Portland, Me., 95.66
    26. Bouley, New York, 95.45
    27. Aubergine, Carmel-By-the-Sea, Calif., 95.39
    28. L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon, New York, 95.28
    29. O Ya, Boston, 95.16
    30. Elements, Princeton, N.J., 95.04.

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