A Yelp 100 Checklist

I’ve got some work to do. This will be my working list. Strikethrough’s mean that I’ve eaten there. Four out of a hundred is not acceptable. I have some work that needs to be done when I visit New York City and San Francisco this summer. Those two cities alone will help to scratch out thirteen of these Yelp hot spots. Looks like visits back to Austin, Seattle, and Los Angeles is in order? Chicago is only represented twice on the list. I’m a little surprised by that.

Without further adieu, here is Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States:

  1. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, HI
  2. Paseo, Seattle, WA
  3. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Kansas City, KS
  4. The Cinnamon Snail, New York, NY
  5. Porto’s Bakery, Burbank, CA
  6. Dametra Cafe, Carmel by the Sea, CA
  7. Alinea, Chicago, IL
  8. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
  9. Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
  10. Joe’s Falafel, Los Angeles, CA
  11. Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Honolulu, HI
  12. Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Denver, CO
  13. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, San Diego, CA
  14. Coop’s West Texas Barbeque, Lemon Grove, CA
  15. Tacos El Gordo, Chula Vista, CA
  16. Cheese Board Pizza, Berkeley, CA
  17. Ricky’s Fish Tacos, Los Angeles, CA
  18. Ono Seafood, Honolulu, HI
  19. Bogart’s Smoke House, Saint Louis, MO
  20. Bakery Nouveau, Seattle, WA
  21. Baguette Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
  22. Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY
  23. T-Deli, San Diego, CA
  24. Built to Grill, Portland, OR
  25. Alforon, San Diego, CA
  26. Daniel, New York, NY
  27. Hot Doug’s, Chicago, IL
  28. Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli, Astoria, NY
  29. Blues City Deli, Saint Louis, MO
  30. The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento, CA
  31. Cream Pan, Tustin, CA
  32. Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Somerville, MA
  33. Café Besalu, Seattle, WA
  34. The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
  35. Turf N’ Surf Po Boy, Austin, TX
  36. Café Rolle, Sacramento, CA
  37. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, Downers Grove, IL
  38. Yoshino Japanese Deli, Carlsbad, CA
  39. Opal Thai Food, Haleiwa, HI
  40. Lou’s Cafe, San Francisco, CA
  41. Marukame Udon, Honolulu, HI
  42. Monell’s Dining & Catering, Nashville, TN
  43. Roxie Food Center, San Francisco, CA
  44. Graham Avenue Meats And Deli, Brooklyn, NY
  45. Le Bernardin, New York, NY
  46. El Chato Taco Truck, Los Angeles, CA
  47. Mr. Gyros, Seattle, WA
  48. The Waffle Window, Portland, OR
  49. Per Se, New York, NY
  50. Geste Shrimp Truck, Kahului, HI
  51. Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights, Cypress, CA
  52. Sushi Ota, San Diego, CA
  53. Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco, CA
  54. Sweet Potato Stall, Santa Clara, CA
  55. Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY
  56. Peter’s Kettle Corn, Oakland, CA
  57. Johnny Pacific, Winnetka, CA
  58. El Chilango, Arlington, VA
  59. Ike’s Place, San Francisco, CA
  60. Fishermen’s Grill, Portland, ME
  61. Sabroso! Mexican Grill, Garden Grove, CA
  62. District Wine, Long Beach, CA
  63. Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Houston, TX
  64. Bludso’s BBQ, Compton, CA
  65. Tiki Juice Bar, Anaheim, CA
  66. Wally’s Cafe, Emeryville, CA
  67. Vinh Loi Tofu, Reseda, CA
  68. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen, Newport Beach, CA
  69. Los Andes Restaurant, Providence, RI
  70. Little Luca Sandwich Shop & Deli, South San Francisco, CA
  71. Pho 95, Denver, CO
  72. Garbo’s Grill, Key West, FL
  73. Ono Tacos, Lahaina, HI
  74. Mattern Sausage & Deli, Orange, CA
  75. The Market Grill, Monrovia, CA
  76. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA
  77. Dat Cajun Guy, Haleiwa, HI
  78. Los Agaves, Santa Barbara, CA
  79. Outlaws Cafe, Van Nuys, CA
  80. Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Chicken, Memphis, TN
  81. Short Leash Dogs Food Truck, Phoenix, AZ
  82. Pono Market, Kapaa, HI
  83. Wafels & Dinges, New York, NY
  84. Bell Street Farm, Los Alamos, CA
  85. Uchiko, Austin, TX
  86. Little Deli & Pizzeria, Austin, TX
  87. Kokkari Estiatorio, San Francisco, CA
  88. Kang Hodong Baekjeong, Los Angeles, CA
  89. Komi, Washington, DC
  90. Stuff I Eat, Inglewood, CA
  91. Taste of Ethiopia, Pflugerville, TX
  92. Hy Mart Sandwiches, North Hollywood, CA
  93. The Codmother Fish and Chips, San Francisco, CA
  94. Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverly Hills, CA
  95. Sushi Sasabune, Honolulu, HI
  96. Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
  97. Postino Arcadia, Phoenix, AZ
  98. Pappy’s Smokehouse, Saint Louis, MO
  99. Uchi, Austin, TX
  100. Zia Gourmet Pizza, San Diego, CA


  1. KB says

    I can verify that #2 Paseos is fantastic. First sandwich I ate there I thought I had gone to heaven!

    Then they opened a branch right across the street from our space!

    Tip 1, phone your order in before you go so you don’t have to stand in what are often very long lines.
    Tip 2, don’t wear you good clothes and/or do take along a small plastic bag to set the sandwich in to catch the drippings while you eat.