List-loving website the Daily Meal took on the Herculean task of ranking the 101 best restaurants in the country. The site sourced info from restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, chefs, restaurateurs and bloggers and then ranked the restaurants "according to the classics like food, service and beverage lists, but also those special things that elevate an experience like imagination and consistency."


Austin was honored with one listee. Comedor, the modern Mexican restaurant owned by chef Philip Speer and William Ball and helmed by executive chef Gabe Erales, landed at #80 on the list. Here’s what Daily Meal had to say:


"At Comedor in Austin, Texas, chef Gabe Erales serves modern Mexican cuisine, combining cutting-edge culinary techniques and flavors with ones that have been used in Mexico for hundreds of years. Dishes like huauzontle fritters with quesillo and habanero ash emulsion or Mextlapique halibut with charred allium dashi and pasilla mixe exemplify what it means to look forward and backward at the same time, and the end result is one of America’s best Mexican restaurants."


This is not the first honor for Comedor (which we gave a sparkling review last fall). Texas Monthly named it the best new restaurant in the state, and the downtown restaurant also landed on Esquire’s list of the country’s best restaurants last year.


Texas was also represented on the list by fellow modern Mexican restaurant Hugo’s, with the Houston restaurant coming in at 58, and fine dining Southwestern restaurant Fearing’s in Dallas (45).


Most of the restaurants on the list top lined by Alinea at #1 are destination meals that will set you back quite a bit of cash, Daily Meal also named the 101 best casual restaurants in America last year, with that list being led by Franklin Barbecue at #1.


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