3 California Restaurants Make Yelp’s “Top 100”

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Yelp released its annual “Top 100 Restaurants” list this week to highlight the most deliciously popular places to eat in the United States.

The #1 restaurant in America, according to Yelp judges and Yelp reviewers, is Cocina Madrigal, a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in flavorful Mexican cuisine.

All restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area were snubbed from the list.

But here are three California restaurants that feature in Yelp’s “Top 100” for foodies looking to take a road trip south:

#3. Fermentation Farm, Costa Mesa, California

Food: American (New), Health Markets

Yelp wrote, “Fermented foods are hotter than ever, and nowhere is the trend taken more seriously than at this Orange County restaurant and health food store. Their tasty, gut-friendly products range from homemade pickled organic vegetables to dairy-free yogurts. You’ll also find soups, salads and sandwiches packed with nutrient-rich organic ingredients. Homemade drinks range from kombucha and kefir to fermented sodas, like root beer. Organic dishes are available at the café or can be ordered to take away at the market. You can also buy some of their 200-year-old sourdough entree or take classes on how to ferment and pickle your own vegetables.

#11. The Vox Kitchen, Fountain Valley, California

Food: Vietnamese, Asian fusion cuisine, Peruvian

Yelp wrote, “This super trendy fusion restaurant in Orange County draws inspiration from around the world, blending tastes from places like Peru, China, Vietnam and Taiwan. Small plates to share include spicy shrimp wontons, hearty elote (fresh corn with parmesan), and a fantastic pear salad. Favorite entrees include Bone-In Short Rib Soup, Saltado ‘Shaken’ Fries with Salmon or Filet Mignon and Huge Rib Eye. Review after review raves about their homemade garlic noodles, made with organic wheat noodles, green onions, butter, garlic, parmesan and a secret sauce.

#58. Lido Bottle Works, Newport Beach, CA

Food: Beer and wine bar, American (New)

Yelp wrote, “Located directly on the Newport Beach Marina, Lido Bottle Works offers one of the best views in Orange County. Watch the boats sail through the harbor as you sample unique dishes made with local and sustainable ingredients, such as street tacos with homemade tortillas, pork chops with fennel salad, or bao buns with pork belly. Don’t miss their wide selection of wines, beers and cocktails. Unique preparations, such as salmon with passion fruit curry, or venison with caramelized Jerusalem artichoke. A popular weekend brunch includes Spanish chorizo ​​hash, ceviche with seasonal fish, and monkey bread with dulce de leche.

See Yelp’s full list of 2022’s “Top 100 Restaurants” here.

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