"Burgundy bible" of survey-generated reviews Zagat released its 2011 America’s Top Restaurants guide based on the results of 153,000 diners nationwide. In addition to naming the top five popularity contest winners in San Francisco -- 1) Gary Danko 2) French Laundry 3) Cyrus 4) Sierra Mar 5) Acquerello -- said diners revealed some startling statistics regarding San Franciscans:
· SF residents eat out an average of 2.8 meals a week, below the national average of 3.1 meals and far below the 3.4 meals a week eating out in LA
· San Franciscans are the second lowest tippers in the country at 18.6% tied with Seattle and Sacramento
· 72% of San Franciscans surved said they would pay more to eat at a "green" restaurant.
There's also the general fact that 63% of surveyors say it's rude to text and tweet wile talking at the table, but 85% think its just fine to take pictures of food and each other. Now you should also know 40 Bay Area and Wine Country restaurants were included in the guide this year.
Chez Panisse Café
Erna’s Elderberry House
The French Laundry
Hana Japanese Restaurant
Ritz-Carlton Dining Room
Lets take a moment to compare the above to the rankings of the world's preeminent tire manufacturer. Which guide is your go-to in a bind: the posh yet plebian Zagat or the lofty Michelin? And in this age of the internet do most people even use hand held guides anymore, anyway?