The Best Restaurants in America

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What are the criteria for making it onto Eater's annual list of "The Best Restaurants in America?" We ask Bill Addison, Eater's restaurant editor, to weigh in on his 38 essential picks for dining your way across the country. Starting with the lobster thermidor at Petit Trois, Sqirl's crispy rice bowls and ricotta toast to the boiling hot pots of Sichuan Impression's chile oil-spiked fare, learn how these three LA restaurants are defining America's current dining scene. Addison also tells us which newcomers made the year's list, and why food lovers should start saving up for a night at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, his pick for the best of the best.

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