French Laundry, The
6640 WASHINGTON ST.
Kudos to Thomas Keller: After a five-year run as the country’s top restaurant, the French Laundry was nosed out of the top spot in 2012 by Manresa. But Keller made sure that was only a temporary situation, and not only did he reclaim the top spot in 2013, he claimed the top two spots. We applaud his amazing display of proficiency: It’s difficult enough running the top restaurant in the country, let alone running the top two restaurants. We could allot this entire review to writing about Keller’s signature dishes, which include Oysters and Pearls, truffle custard with black truffle debris, cauliflower panna cotta topped Ossetra caviar and many others. But beyond the lengthy list of creations, what makes the French Laundry so special is the second-to-none attention to detail that the restaurant has exhibited since the day it opened. It’s wildly popular with some of our reviewers, many of whom make annual pilgrimages and nearly two-thirds of the people who reviewed the French Laundry traveled from outside California order to eat there. We even had one reviewer who wrote of having paid more than 40 visits to the restaurant.