Here's my best shot on a revised list based on your inputs & some aditional research on my part:
-- Il Pastaio
-- Saddle Peak Lodge
Candidates with insufficient data or brought into question:
Candidates also with issues about type of establishment:
-- Wat Thai Temple
-- Tacos Baja Ensenada
Remember, this is not a list of best or most exciting or any other superlative, just those places that garner a near unanimous thumbs up from hounds on this board. And I understand the hesitance of some to visit places everyone else likes. Maybe Groucho was right about never wanting to join a club that would accept him as a member.
Some of the core list are judgement calls based on the data I could find and like everything on the list, open to question. Anyway, your comments, additions & disagreements with the revised list are solicited & appreciated.
A few rounds of revisions are probably apropos. But those of you with math backgrounds will understand we're likely dealing with a partially convergent beast here (after too many iterations, the series no longer continues to converge, but begins to diverge instead!).
In any case fellow hounds, we beseech you to speak up now or forever hold your peace.