When Frank Bruni Plays Tourist

New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni doesn’t hide his belief that he lives in “the finest restaurant city in the nation, with an unrivaled range and depth of options.” However, during his recent travels across the country, he discovered 10 restaurants that offer something you can’t find in New York City.

All the spots on his list are relatively new, having opened their doors in 2006 or later. In the coming weeks, Bruni will rank each. So far, Washington DC’s Central Michel Richard scored the number 10 spot and Seattle’s Tilth is ranked at number 9. Stay tuned for reviews of Cochon (New Orleans), Coi (San Francisco), Fearing’s (Dallas), Fraîche (Culver City, California), Guy Savoy (Las Vegas), Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami), O Ya (Boston), and Ubuntu (Napa).

Not all the restaurants Bruni visited were memorable enough to make his list:

The 5 of the 15 restaurants that didn’t make my final cut were Ad Hoc in Yountville, Calif., Thomas Keller’s casual counterpoint to the French Laundry; the two-month-old Takashi, which serves a sort of Japanese-French fusion in Chicago; Tinto, with an array of artful tapas in Philadelphia; Lüke, the chef John Besh’s brasserie in New Orleans; and Comme Ça, the chef David Myers’s brasserie in West Hollywood, Calif.

Can anyone think of other spots that he should have checked out?

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