Monday, May 26, 2014

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With incredibly fresh ingredients and creative chefs who know how to put those ingredients to work, it's no surprise that California is a Mecca for foodies.

While New York had the largest amount of restaurants on our list of the 45 Best Restaurants in America, California held a close second place, with 11 appearances on the list.  

We looked at five notable restaurant rankings compiled by food critics, diners, and experts, and combined these rankings to create the ultimate list of the Best Restaurants. (You can read our complete methodology and see numerical scores here).

We pulled the top California restaurants from our list, and ranked them here.

11. Zuni Café

1658 Market Street, San Francisco

Chef: Judy Rodgers

Co-owner and chef Judy Rodgers has been at the helm of Zuni's kitchen since 1987, making this Bay-area restaurant a standout on multiple "best" lists.  Zuni ranked No. 45 on our overall list of The 45 Best Restaurants in America as well as No. 23 on The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants.

Zuni's menu draws on classic Venetian comfort food with a modern twist, using local and organic ingredients wherever possible.

10. The Bazaar

 465 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles

Chef: José Andrés

Chef Andrés is known for his artistic renditions of classic Spanish dishes, and he whimsically presents them at his restaurant Bazaar.

The Bazaar slipped a few spots from last year — from 39 to 42 — on our overall list, but it made No. 19 on The Daily Meal's list.

9. State Bird Provisions

1529 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Chef: Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski

Opened just two years ago, State Bird Provisions made No. 41 on our overall list. It also took the No. 18 spot on The Daily Meal's list. 

Chef proprietors Brioza and Krasinski named the restaurant to hint at California's state bird, the valley quail, a featured item on their menu.

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