88 Middle St.
Chef/Owner: Andrew Taylor
Chef/Owner: Mike Wiley
Pastry Chef: Kim Rodgers
Wine Director: Bryan Flewelling
GM: Arlin Smith
Ranked 57 in 2013; Ranked 60 in 2012.
It is rare when a restaurant continues to turn out high-quality food after the departure of its founder. But based on the amazing job that Andrew Taylor, Mike Wiley and GM Arlin Smith have been doing since they purchased Hugo’s from Rob Evans, it appears they have defied the odds. Not only have the trio completely refurbished the place, replacing the stodgy old dining room with a hipsterish 19-seat counter, complemented by a few tables along the back wall, reviewers are saying things like “at the moment, the restaurant is turning out some of the best food in the country.” One even went as far as to say his meal was reminiscent of Saison (number 1 in our 2014 survey.) That is rarified air indeed.