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San Diego restaurants
On any given day and by any given food critic, a restaurant may be exposed to the general public for its culinary expertise. More often than not, restaurants are rewarded by publishers for their generosity and marketing budgets. Nina and Tim Zagat may have broken the code to objectivity in grading restaurants. They regularly survey local restaurantgoers across the country and publish a uniquely reliable guide known as the Zagat Survey. Their handy, cuisine index of the major cities of the United States provides a concise grading system with brief comments of a city's restaurants. The New York Times has declared the Zagat Survey "A necessity second only to a valid credit card." The Wall Street Journal calls it "The gastronomic bible." And the Los Angeles Times calls it "indispensable." The newest release by Zagat is The Millennium, Edition, 2000 America's Top Restaurants, Zagat Survey, LLC, New York., NY. ($12.95). Its 0 to 30 point grading system covers Food, Decor and Service. Cost and surveyors' comments are also included. Here's a Zagat brief of San Diego's top 10 food ranking restaurants:
(28 Food, 26 Decor, 26 Service, $44 Cost)
Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo,858675-8550
· The last bastion of black-tie service.
· Top honors for its "world-class" Classic and New French cuisine.
VINE SELLAR & BRASSERIE
(27 Food, 20 Decor, 25 Service, $42 Cost)
9550 Woples St. (bet. Mira Mesa Blvd. & Steadman St.), San Diego, 858450-9557
· "Worth a trip to a warehouse district.'
· Offering "the best marriage of food and wine."
AZZURA POINT (27 Food, 26 Decor, 25 Service, $45 Cost) Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Rd. (Silver Strand Blvd.), Coronado, 619-424-4477
· It's a "special-occasion vacation in our hometown."
(27 Food, 24 Decor, 25 Service, $43 Cost)
514 Via de la Valle (Jimmy Durante Blvd.), Solana Beach, 858-792-9090
· Art-filled, understatedly elegant Cal-French near the sea.
· Menu that's "always a treat," right down to "the best tarte Tatin in SD."
(26 Food, 29 Decor, 25 Service, $44 Cost)
Rancho Valencia Resort, 5921 Valencia Circle (Rancho Diegueno Rd.), Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216
· "Superb" Cal-Continental fare with Pacific Rim accents
· Well "worth the drive."
GEORGES AT THE COVE
(26 Food, 26 Decor, 25 Service, $37 Cost)
1250 Prospect St. (Cave & Ivanhoe St.), La Jolla, 858-454-4244
"Real La Jolla tradition."
· Culinary accolades go to the New American cuisine and sterling seafood
THE BELGIAN LION
(26 Food, 21 Decor, 23 Service, $36 Cost)
2265 Bacon St. (W Point Loma Blvd.), 619-223-2700
· "Expensive but very good" Belgian-French.
· "Wonderful cassoulet" and other "hearty" fare.
LAUREL RESTAURANT AND BAR
(26 Food, 26 Décor, 22 Service, $38 Cost)
505 Laurel St. (5th Ave.), 619-239-2222
· “The place to take guests who think SD is a hick town.”
· Sleek, Sexy, dinner-only New French.
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