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Chez Panisse in Berkeley was ranked No. 5 in The Daily Meal’s list of 101 Best Restaurants in America.

Are these the best restaurants in the U.S.?

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm

The editors at the all-things-food-and-drink The Daily Meal take their “best of” lists seriously.

Just released is their fourth annual ranking of the 101 Best Restaurants in America, compiled by a panel of judges that includes “restaurant critics and experts, food and lifestyle writers, and food bloggers from across America.”

“Exceptional culinary landscapes in big cities get even better, and new and different dining scenes are born and in turn attract and inspire even more greatness from a growing number of talented cooks,” they write. “This makes trying to rank the country’s best restaurants all the more challenging, but also all the more interesting, worthwhile and intriguing.”

It’s no surprise that New York has the most entries with 28, and fitting that California weighs in with 24. For the complete list, go to Meanwhile, here are the California winners and their rankings, bottom to top:

95. Night + Market, Los Angeles

91. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena

85. Yank Sing, San Francisco (Rincon Center)

84. Cut, Los Angeles

82. Providence, Los Angeles

77. Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles

75. Spago, Los Angeles

73. Hinoki & The Bird, Los Angeles

61. Mission Chinese, San Francisco

56. Quince, San Francisco

51. Gary Danko, San Francisco

48. Coi, San Francisco

44. Michael Mina, San Francisco

43. Lucques, Los Angeles

38. Manresa, Los Gatos

35. Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

33. Bouchon Bistro, Yountville

32. Bar Tartine, San Francisco

23. Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

19. Bazaar, Los Angeles

18. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

8. Animal, Los Angeles

5. Chez Panisse, Berkeley

3. The French Laundry, Yountville

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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