The luxurious Inn at Little Washington in the Virginia countryside earned top ratings across the board with a near perfect 29-out-of-30 for Food, Decor and Service. Perennial favorite L’Auberge Chez Francois was close behind in the No. 3 position for Food, and landed at No. 5 for Decor and Service. Clyde’s, the elaborately decorated American saloons, are the area’s Most Popular restaurants, followed by 2 Amy’s pizzeria.
Modern, chef-driven restaurants vaunted to top rankings. Little Serow, Johnny Monis’ Northern Thai, joined Komi, his Greek boutique, on the Top Food list (No. 12) , and is the No. 1 ranked Newcomer. Meanwhile, the mind-blowing cuisine at José Andrés' Minibar, Bryan Voltaggio's Volt and Ashok Bajaj's Rasika helped them earn spots in the top-10 Food list.
Although several of the top-rated spots are tough reservations (or just plain don't accept them), that doesn’t faze our surveyors. Some 67% are willing to wait up to 30 minutes for a table (another 12% will wait for an hour). They’re technologically tuned in as well, downloading restaurant-related apps to their smart phones (44%) and taking photos of their meal and friends. Some 67% think photo-taking is fine in moderation, but 53% judge it rude to text, e-mail, tweet or talk on their mobile phones in a restaurant.
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