I think the magazine's editors did a pretty nice job this year. Thankfully the magazine relegates the readers poll to a simple list because some of those choices are likely the result of some serious write-in campaigning.
The serious (editor's) list of the Top 25 goes as follows, in no particular order:
Alchemy at Bigelow (with notation that it's no longer served and Sousa left - must have been right at the editorial deadline)
Lautrec (doesn't Nemacolin seem a bit far away for inclusion?)
Mio Kitchen & Wine Bar
Nine on Nine
Point Brugge Cafe
Also, separate choices for special categories:
BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Mio
CHEF OF THE YEAR: Douglass Dick, Bona Terra
RISING STAR CHEF: Trevett Hooper, Legume
DELICIOUS DESIGN; Seviche
LEGENDS (not on the top 25, but trusty old friends that deserve mention):
Monterrey Fish Grotto
Any arguments for/against these (noting that Alchemy is no more)?
For me, I'd argue Tessaro's belongs with the Legends. I enjoy dining there, but it seems like the odd one out compared to the other two dozen. Alla Famiglia is notably absent and should take that place.
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