Online review site Yelp has released its list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2015.
The annual list – which is determined by Yelp data (online reviews and ratings) – reveals the hottest 100 restaurants in the US, from charming little food trucks and off-the-beaten-track shacks to famed Michelin-starred eateries and fancy city joints. It made its debut last year, with a seafood restaurant in Hawaii called Da Poke Shack taking top honors. While other “best restaurants” lists are put together by professional critics, industry experts, and foodies, Yelp’s list is generated by what everyday diners are saying online, thus showcasing the diversity of cuisines and places to eat in America.
“How did we compile a list so thorough? To determine Yelp’s top places to eat for 2015, our data science team analyzed which places were the most popular and well-reviewed over the course of 2014,” wrote Dan Frank, a data scientist at Yelp. “Unlike our inaugural list from last year, which unearthed the best places to eat on Yelp based on almost 10 years of reviews, this time Yelp’s data science team gave more weight to recent reviews, so that Yelpers’ opinions in 2014 mattered most, while older reviews had less influence on the list.”
Taking top honors this year is a Big Pine, California restaurant called Copper Top BBQ, famous for its delicious ribs, tri-tip sandwiches and mac-and-cheese. “Very busy for a small stop,” reads one of the barbecue joint’s multiple five-star Yelp reviews. “The owner is a tall guy with a cowboy hat on (Hank) who was smiling the whole time. Almost makes you want to live small town. I had the sampler, everything was good, the chicken was juicy, tri-tip was amazing, and the pulled pork sandwich my friend had was wow. I wish there was one of these places in Los Angeles.”
Following Copper Top BBQ is Art of Flavors (Las Vegas, Nevada), a desserts joint famous for its creative gelato flavors like Cheetos and spaghetti and meatballs. Rounding out the top 5 are Soho Japanese Restaurant (Las Vegas), TKB Bakery and Deli (Indio, CA), and Ono Seafood (Honolulu, Hawaii). Meanwhile, former Number 1 Da Poke Shack is at Number 52 in Yelp’s 2015 list, which stands out for putting critically acclaimed restaurants side by side with great value-for-money, hole-in-the-wall eats.
Here are the restaurants that made it to Yelp’s Top 20 Places to eat:
- Copper Top BBQ, Big Pine, CA
- Art of Flavors, Las Vegas, NV
- Soho Japanese Restaurant, Las Vegas, NV
- TKB Bakery and Deli, Indio, CA
- Ono Seafood, Honolulu, HI
- Shark Pit Maui, Lahaina, HI
- Gaucho Parilla Argentina, Pittsburgh, PA
- Bobboi Natural Gelato, La Jolla, CA
- Golden Bear Trading Company, San Francisco, CA
- Little Miss BBQ, Phoenix, AZ
- Dat Cajun Guy, Haleiwa, HI
- Sweet Dogs, Miami, FL
- Aviva by Kameel, Atlanta, GA
- Sweet Spice, Savannah, GA
- Royal Taj, Columbia, MD
- Arun’s Indian Kichen, Coral Spring, FL
- Hall’s Chophouse, Charleston, SC
- Bronze Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
- Saffron and Rose Ice Cream, Los Angeles, CA
- Buddha Thai Bistro, Vacaville, CA
Click here to check out the full list.