3/05/2012 02:59:00 PM

Which Top Chef-Run Restaurants Actually Live Up to the Hype?

Duck at Uchiko
With Top Chef Texas coming to a dramatic end just last week, we got to thinking about some of the restaurants that are either owned or manned by present or former cheftestants. In the last year in particular, alums of the Bravo reality show have been opening their own restaurants left and right (ink in LA, Girl & the Goat in Chicago, Sweet Cheeks Q in Boston, etc.). But which Top Chef-run restaurants actually live up to the hype? To get to the bottom of things, we thought we'd compare the Food scores from our various restaurant guides in each city to see which eateries came out on top. Click through the slideshow below to check out which Top Chef-run kitchens are the real deal.

15 comments :

  1. what's the score for kinshop?!

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  2. So, by negative inference of not being inclded, which chefs' restaurants do not match the hype?

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  3. The bar for food must be pretty low outside of NYC -- there are not many 28s for food in New York and I have a hard time believing any of the restaurants featured above deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Daniel and Le Bernardin.

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    1. I just moved here from NYC. The Uchi restaurants are the top if not the top sushi restaurants in the US.

      The great thing about Austin is that the people are nice and laid back. So put your pretentious NY attitude back in your pie hole

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  4. Miss Dobkin made some great mentions here but how can Carl Schroeder and MARKET Restaurant + Bar in Del Mar, California be overlooked?
    This chef-owned mecca for foodies received a 29 for food in 2012 and a 28 in 2011.
    There are indeed restaurants outside of NYC that are to the level of, and even exceed the aforementioned Daniel and Le Bernardin.

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  5. Volt is very mediocre at best. Not worth the wait and the service is hardly notable. There are a ton of DC restaurants that are just way better (Komi, Citronelle, Cityzen). A 28? Seriously? I wonder how much they paid the reviewer...

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  6. I really liked Harold Dieterle at the show, but Perilla is very mediocre restaurant. I went there once, and most likely won't go back.

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  7. I'd go to Per Se in New York City first before I'd go anywhere else. The owner also owns The French Laundry in Yountville in Calif.

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  8. Um, how about the Girl & the Goat? Stephanie Izard's place here in Chicago.

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  9. Perilla is an outstanding restaurant. The food is good and the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. Understated is the proper adjective here. This is not the place to go if you're looking for glitz and over-the-top nouveau. It's where you go with good friends for a good meal and good conversation.

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  10. LOVED Uchiko! Paul Qui's dishes are really innovative and delicious...who knew brussel sprouts could be THAT tasty? He deserved to win this season's Top Chef!

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  11. I want to see Restaurant Kelly Liken, Fuinalist from Season 7 on this list... Oustanding!!!!!

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  12. Kelly should indeed be on the list. Her restaurant has a 26.

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  13. What about Kevin Sbraga's SBRAGA in Philadelphia?

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  14. how can you not include Sefan's at LA Farms in Santa Monice? The food and atmosphire are GREAT

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