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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Green Goddess


“Our beautiful, deep wine list elevates the perception of our food from cafe to funky, fantastic, bold psychedelic soul food. That suits us better than ‘New American’ cuisine,” says Chef Christopher DeBarr, former chef and co-owner.

New Orleans
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(504) 301-3347
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The wine list features unusual, small, organic and biodynamic producers mixed with classic great European wines.
Perfect Pairing
"The Mean Green Island, [a dish consisting of an] arborio rice cake, [with] duck broth, cold crab-sweet chili salad, wasabi caviar, fried shallots, seaweed, and sesame seeds, is rounded out by slightly sparkling Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina, 2011, from the Basque Region of Spain," says Paul Artigues, chef and owner.
Riot-Worthy Dish
DeBarr says, “People howl when we don’t have our “Notorious” Bacon Sundae with bacon fat caramel sauce,” which pairs with Madeira or PX Sherry, or a Très Vieux Pineau des Charentes.
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R. Lopez de Heredia 1991 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva White (Rioja)
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Domaine de la Mordorée 2011 La Dame Rousse Rosé (Tavel)
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Domaine Gabriel Liogier 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Soul Food Steps Up
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Seasonal Dish: Korean Style PEI Mussels with Housemade Kim Chi & Smoked Bacon
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