• The 38 Essential Restaurants of California

    6 days ago - By Eater

    The tasting menus, taco trucks, and farm-to-table havens that exemplify America's most dynamic dining region
    California, for those of us who live to eat, is everything. Its very name invokes a thousand different ingredients and dishes. Forty years ago, its chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, activists, visionaries, and romantics began jolting this country from a canned-soup stupor into a Technicolor world of freshness. Yet it's also the birthplace of the fast-food cheeseburger and Taco Bell, of fortune cookies and French dips and ranch dressing. The state shapes our dining culture - which is to...
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  • The 38 Best California Restaurants, Mapped

    The 38 Best California Restaurants, Mapped

    6 days ago - By Eater

    Find perfect pastries in Los Angeles, outstanding pho in Orange County, and incredible tacos in Sonoma The time has come for Eater's first-ever guide to California, wherein we name the 38 most essential restaurants all across the 160,000-plus square miles that make up Golden State.
    Over three months traipsing from San Diego to Sacramento, along the coastline and inland and then back again skimming the Pacific, Eater found plenty of exceptional tasting menus and tacos. But this list also includes dim sum, falafel, pho, kebabs, supple pastas, adobo, cornmeal waffles, fiery Sichuan stews, and...
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  • Sorry New York, California Is the Best Place to Eat Now

    Sorry New York, California Is the Best Place to Eat Now

    6 days ago - By Eater

    Synonymous with abundance and turbo-charged with chef creativity, the Golden State is setting the pace for how we eat across the country California is now the most influential force in American dining. That's right, it isn't New York. Not any longer. Sure, the great city will always produce blockbusters and occasional, wonderful novelties; Queens is an undervalued wonderland of cuisines. But NYC, as an engine of influence, is stagnant. This is a time in Manhattan to fall back in love with neighborhood trattorias. And I'm not the only one who finds it sluggish .
    Instead, this is...
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  • The Essential Guide to Eating California

    The Essential Guide to Eating California

    6 days ago - By Eater

    The Golden State is hands down the best place to eat in America In the American imagination, California has always been viewed through a haze of fantasy. Early on, it was dreams of fist-sized gold nuggets lying in wait. Then a generation of Okies schlepped West, to eventually populate the pages of Steinbeck and the photos of Dorothea Lange, looking for a utopian land of plenty. More recently, it's reveries of glamour and fame. Of in-ground pools. Of cheap avocados and convertible road trips to Coachella. Of picnics beside granite waterfalls. Of another gold rush, but made out of code. Of...
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