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Nine U.S. Restaurants Make World's 50 Best List; Ramsey Strikes Out

Once again, S. Pellegrino has ranked the 100 Best Restaurants in the World, and nine of the top 50, including Momofuko Ssam Bar, which made the list for the first time this year, are in the United States. But we South Floridians are going to have to travel (and pay!) if we want to sample the best. In New York, the restaurants are: Thomas Keller's Per Se (which bumped down Keller's other restaurant, the French Laundry, to 12th place), Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, Masa, Momofuko Ssam Bar, and Daniel. In California: the French Laundry in Yountville. In Chicago: Alinea (chef Grant Achatz is a protege of Keller's).

El Bulli, Fernand Adria's restaurant in Spain, was number one. Just look at Spain go, with four of the top eight! And Gordon Ramsey's joints were nowhere to be found on this year's list. As Ramsey (seen reacting to the news, above) would presumably comment: Boo Fucking Hoo. The guy has more than 20 restaurants around the world now, including Cielo in Boca Raton (and hey, that's driving distance!)

Anybody eaten at any of these joints? Leave a comment and let us know how it went.

Here's the top 50 list:

1 El Bulli, Spain (=)

2 The Fat Duck, U.K. (=)

3 Noma, Denmark (+7)

4 Mugaritz, Spain (=)

5 El Celler de Can Roca, Spain (+21)

6 Per Se, U.S. (=)

7 Bras, France (=)

8 Arzak, Spain (=)

9 Pierre Gagnaire, France (-6)

10 Alinea, U.S. (+11)

11 L'Astrance, France (=)

12 The French Laundry U.S. (-7)

13 Osteria Francescana, Italy (New Entry)

14 St. John, U.K. (+2)

15 Le Bernardin, U.S. (+5)

16 Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville, Switzerland (+11)

17 Tetsuya's, Australia (-8)

18 L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France (-4)

19 Jean Georges, U.S. (-2)

20 Les Creations de Narisawa, Japan (New Entry)

21 Chez Dominique, Finland (+18)

22 Ristorante Cracco, Italy (+21)

23 Die Schwarzwaldstube, Germany (+12)

24 D.O.M., Brazil (+16)

25 Vendome, Germany (+9)

26 Hof van Cleve, Belgium (+2)

27 Masa, U.S., (Re-entry)

28 Gambero Rosso, Italy (-16)

29 Oud Sluis, Netherlands (+13)

30 Steirereck, Austria (New Entry)

31 Momofuku Ssam Bar, U.S. (New Entry)

32 Oaxen Skaergaardskrog, Sweden (+16)

33 Martin Berasategui, Spain (-4)

34 Nobu U.K. (-4)

35 Mirazur, France (New Entry)

36 Hakkasan, U.K. (-17)

37 Le Quartier Francais, South Africa (+13)

38 La Colombe, South Africa (Re-entry)

39 Asador Etxebarri, Spain (+5)

40 Le Chateaubriand, France (New Entry)

41 Daniel, U.S. (=)

42 Combal Zero, Italy (Re-entry)

43 Le Louis XV, France (-28)

44 Tantris, Germany (+3)

45 Iggy's, Singapore (New Entry)

46 Quay, Australia (New Entry)

47 Les Ambassadeurs, France (-2)

48 Dal Pescatore, Italy (-25)

49 Le Calandre, Italy (-13)

50 Mathias Dahlgren, Sweden (New Entry)

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