Wine Enthusiast 2012 100 Best Restaurants in America

We've combed the nation for the ultimate wine-centric dining establishments. So what does it take to make the cut for our America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants list? These superlative hot spots have established themselves as standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service. Along with our picks, the following pages are filled with exclusive chef and sommelier interviews, delectable recipes, top trends and wine bottles to savor. There's something for every taste. Click on the regions on the map below to find out which restaurants made it on the list.

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Creative, contemporary cuisine driven by the season.

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(312) 715-0708
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Wine List Description
The wine program slants French and American, with an emphasis on small artisan producers—mirroring the farm-to-table approach in the kitchen.
Perfect Pairing
A perfect pairing is Suckling Pig and Rie
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Endive Salad served in a crispy potato basket with the appearance of a bird’s nest, the one dish on the restaurant’s menu since day one."
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Jacques Selosse NV Initiale Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne)
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Scholium Project 2009 La Severità di Bruto Farina Vineyards (Sonoma Mountain)
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Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot 2009 Les Carrétals (Minervois)
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Seven Vineyards Worth the Journey
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Confit of Tuna with Onion Confit, Endive Salad, and Sauce Verte
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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