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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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Description

Steakhouse cuisine focusing on dry-aged prime beef.

Region
South
City
Dallas
State
TX
Restaurant URL
pappasbros.com
Phone Number
(214) 366-2000
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/pappas-bros-steakhouse-dallas
Wine List Description
The wine list offers over 3,400 selections, mainly focusing on California Cabernet, Bordeaux and Burgundy, with a solid selection of Rhône varieties.
Perfect Pairing
Dry Aged Strip with Chappellet's Signature Cabernet from Napa Valley.
Riot-Worthy Dish
The Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes is one of the most popular, “and I’m sure our guests would be pretty upset if we removed our in-house, dry-aged steaks,” says Don Vrba, general manager.
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/chateau-petrus
Destination Bottle Link Text 1
Château Pétrus 1961 Pomerol
Destination Bottle Link 2
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/domaine-romanee-conti
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1945 Romanée-Conti
Destination Bottle Link 3
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/quinta-do-noval
Destination Bottle Link Text 3
Quinta do Noval 1962 Nacional (Port)
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/July-2010/Pairings-Maryland-Crab-Cake-with-Batons-of-Zucchini-amp-Squash-French-Tarragon/
Related Link Text 1
Recipe: Maryland Crab Cakes
Related Link 2
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2011/Wheres-the-Beef/
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Where's the Beef

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