A list of the best restaurants in every major US city

Over the past few years, friends and I have obsessed over maximizing the quality of restaurants we visit. Restaurants are my favorite way to enjoy several aspect of a new place’s culture at once. You see the people, you taste their food, and you begin to understanding their environment. Thus picking great restaurants, especially those super popular with locals, is important to having an authentic travel experience. I’m always searching for a better way to pick.

Over the past weekend, I made a breakthrough that allows me to search 75,000+ U.S. restaurants based on US popularity in Excel. Sorting through every restaurant rating I could find, employing what I know about the accuracy of various metrics, I’ve developed rankings for restaurants in the U.S. using my own algorithm. These places are ranked by popularity and diner rating. I struggled with the best way to present this to the readers of this blog. I wanted to show you a good place that is within reach. A top 100 of America, while interesting, is not of great practical value. Instead, I’ve assembled my predicted best restaurant in the top 100 most populous cities in the U.S in alphabetical order. There should be one closeby if you’re in the US.

Asian Pear ,Albuquerque, NM (Japanese)
KooKoo Grill Fusionyaki ,Anaheim, CA (Asian Fusion)
Gyros To Go ,Arlington, TX (Mediterranean)
Aviva by Kameel ,Atlanta, GA (Mediterranean)
Pho 888 Vietnamese Noodle & Grill ,Aurora, CO (Vietnamese)
Ng BMT ,Austin, TX (Sandwiches)
Pita Paradise ,Bakersfield, CA (Food Trucks)
Ekiben ,Baltimore, MD (Breakfast & Brunch)
Parrain’s Seafood ,Baton Rouge, LA (Southern)
Saw’s Soul Kitchen ,Birmingham, AL (Soul Food)
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro ,Boise, ID (Breakfast & Brunch)
Neptune Oyster ,Boston, MA (Seafood)
Sun Cuisines ,Buffalo, NY (Burmese)
Fired Pie ,Chandler, AZ (Salad)
Chili Man ,Charlotte, NC (Hot Dogs)
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue ,Charlottesville, VA (Barbeque)
Pizza Bella Vista ,Chesapeake, VA (Pizza)
Nini’s Deli ,Chicago, IL (Delis)
El Huevo Estrellado ,Chula Vista, CA (Mexican)
The Eagle OTR ,Cincinnati, OH (Restaurants)
Happy Dog ,Cleveland, OH (Bars)
Nara Sushi & Grill ,Colorado Springs, CO (Sushi Bars)
Northstar Cafe ,Columbus, OH (American (New))
Hester’s Cafe & Coffee Bar – Six Points ,Corpus Christi, TX (Coffee & Tea)
Frank ,Dallas, TX (American (New))
AikoPops ,Denver, CO (Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt)
Supino Pizzeria ,Detroit, MI (Burgers)
KoKyu Na’Mean ,Durham, NC (Barbeque)
El Taquito ,El Paso, TX (Mexican)
Loving Cafe ,Fort Wayne, IN (Vegan)
Shinjuku Station ,Fort Worth, TX (Japanese)
Dish n’ Dash ,Fremont, CA (Middle Eastern)
Hye Kebobs & Catering ,Fresno, CA (Sandwiches)
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House ,Garland, TX (Southern)
Doglicious Hot Dogs ,Glendale, AZ (Hot Dogs)
Jerusalem Market ,Greensboro, NC (Delis)
Il Chianti Italian ,Henderson, NV (Coffee & Tea)
Franky’s Deli Warehouse ,Hialeah, FL (Delis)
Honolulu Sushi ,Honolulu, HI (Japanese)
YoYo’s Hot Dog ,Houston, TX (Hot Dogs)
Thai Recipes Restaurant ,Indianapolis, IN (Thai)
Le Diplomate Cafe ,Irvine, CA (Sandwiches)
Arabian Bites ,Irving, TX (Mediterranean)
Ariana Kabob & Grill ,Jacksonville, FL (American (Traditional))
Flaming Seafood and Shao Kao BBQ ,Jacksonville Beach, FL (Seafood)
Andrea Salumeria ,Jersey City, NJ (Delis)
Q39 ,Kansas City, MO (Barbeque)
Las Kekas ,Laredo, TX (Mexican)
La Maison de Maggie ,Las Vegas, NV (Creperies)
Dad’s Favorites ,Lexington, KY (Delis)
Honest Abe’s Burgers and Freedom ,Lincoln, NE (Burgers)
Appu’s Cafe ,Long Beach, CA (Vegan)
Corn Man ,Los Angeles, CA (Fast Food)
Old School NY Pizza ,Louisville, KY (Pizza)
La Diosa ,Lubbock, TX (Spanish)
Mini Hot Pot ,Madison, WI (Hot Pot)
Derae Restaurant ,Memphis, TN (Ethiopian)
Adrian’s ,Mesa, AZ (Mexican)
Mr & Mrs Bun ,Miami, FL (Peruvian)
Safron Mediterranean Grill ,Miami Beach, FL (Mediterranean)
Blue’s Egg ,Milwaukee, WI (American (New))
Butcher & The Boar ,Minneapolis, MN (American (Traditional))
Big Al’s Deli ,Nashville, TN (Southern)
Rollin Fatties ,New Orleans, LA (Food Trucks)
The Wood Fired Pizza Shop ,Newark, DE (Pizza)
Sam’s Texas Sub Shop ,Norfolk, VA (Sandwiches)
Old School Pizzeria ,North Las Vegas, NV (Pizza)
Wood Tavern ,Oakland, CA (American (New))
Taqueria Sanchez ,Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Bars)
Block 16 ,Omaha, NE (Mexican)
Tako Cheena ,Orlando, FL (Asian Fusion)
Tortilleria San Roman ,Philadelphia, PA (Mexican)
Little Miss BBQ ,Phoenix, AZ (Barbeque)
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina ,Pittsburgh, PA (Diners)
Kenny’s Smoke House ,Plano, TX (Barbeque)
Ovation Coffee & Tea ,Portland, OR (American (New))
Bida Manda ,Raleigh, NC (Fast Food)
Smiling With Hope Pizza ,Reno, NV (Pizza)
Fufu’s Mid East Grill And Hookah ,Riverside, CA (Mediterranean)
The Coconut Midtown ,Sacramento, CA (Thai)
Dresden Cafe ,San Antonio, TX (German)
Guang Lin Cafe ,San Bernardino, CA (American (Traditional))
Classics Malt Shop ,San Diego, CA (American (Traditional))
Cuisine of Nepal ,San Francisco, CA (Himalayan/Nepalese)
Gen Korean BBQ House ,San Jose, CA (Korean)
Playground 2.0 ,Santa Ana, CA (Restaurants)
SugarJam Bake Shop ,Scottsdale, AZ (Bakeries)
Cafetal Quilombo ,Seattle, WA (Cafes)
JJ Twig’s Pizza & Pub ,St. Louis, MO (American (Traditional))
Ruam Mit Thai ,St. Paul, MN (Mexican)
1200 Chophouse ,St. Petersburg, FL (American (New))
Smitty’s Wings & Things ,Stockton, CA (Chicken Wings)
Loli’s Mexican Cravings ,Tampa, FL (Mexican)
Kengo Sushi & Yakitori ,Toledo, OH (Sushi Bars)
Prep & Pastry ,Tucson, AZ (Breakfast & Brunch)
Andolini’s Pizzeria ,Tulsa, OK (Pizza)
Blue Seafood & Spirits ,Virginia Beach, VA (Creperies)
Un Je Ne Sais Quoi ,Washington, DC (Grocery)
Doo-Dah Diner ,Wichita, KS (American (Traditional))
Thai Sawatdee ,Winston-Salem, NC (Thai)
Happy eating!