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LA Misses Mark on Top 100 Restaurant List, But Does it Matter?

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Restaurants and Institutions' released their list of the top 100 highest-grossing independent (non-chain) restaurants in the United States. Totaling $1.53 billion, all restaurants on the list at least grossed $11.3 million. The Los Angeles region really didn't make an impact, but San Francisco made away with four and Chicago with seven. The top two cities are New York and its 32 restaurants and Las Vegas, which came out with 24, one of them grossing the highest -- Tao.

EaterLA broke down the list for SoCal and as you can see, there's not much:

  • #37 Gladstone's in Malibu ($14.5 mil)
  • #67 Lawry's the Prime Rib ($12.3 mil)
  • #89 George's at the Cove in La Jolla

And does it really matter that Los Angeles doesn't make much of a mess on the list? LA claims home to the only Pulitzer Prize winning food critic, LA has killer food festivals and farmers markets and LA has the "porno" burrito. There's so many little indie restaurants around, you could spend a lifetime eating your way through this city. God bless Food Angeles.

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