SAN DIEGO (CNS) - It was a bad day for pricey top restaurants in San Diego as a new list of the nation's best 25 eateries failed to include anything in Southern California.
Bouley, the expensive, famed culinary icon of French dining in New York, was rated the number one restaurant in the United States, according to the just-released list from TripAdvisor.com.
The website that rates restaurants, hotels, airlines and tourist attractions based on user reviews found New York to be the center of fine dining in the nation, with five of the restaurants on the top-25 lists being in the "Big Apple."
Le Bernardin, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park and Per Se were the other award winners from New York.
Major San Diego-area restaurants thought by some local critics to be on a par with New York eateries failed to show up on TripAdvisor's list. Famed local restaurants top-rated by another user-generated review company, Zagat, include Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe, A.R. Valentien in Torrey Pines and Addison in Del Mar Mesa. But they were all ignored by TripAdvisor, even though diners can easily spend hundreds of dollars for a night out at any of the three.
But in the continuing rivalry between San Diego and its giant neighbor to the north, at least no Los Angeles restaurants were included in the TripAdvisor list.
While Southern California was snubbed, Northern California was well represented with four winners, including pioneering Chez Panisse in Berkeley, The French Laundry in Yountville and Restaurant Gary Danko and Kokkari Estiatorio, both in San Francisco.
Even Minneapolis, Chicago, Hawaii, Orlando and Houston were on the list, with Charleston, South Carolina having two restaurants in the nation's top 25.
A major construction project at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry was completed ahead of schedule early Monday morning.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials are increasing staffing levels in anticipation of increased fire activity.
More than 200 surfers paddled out for a daunting day-long challenge Saturday inspired by young men in the community facing a far bigger one.
It was a hopping good time in Balboa Park on Sunday at the 8th annual Bunnyfest. Hundreds joined the San Diego House Rabbit Society for a big playdate that's all for a good cause. The money raised Sunday will go towards helping the rabbit society find loving homes for their adoptable bunnies.
An early morning vegetation and trash fire at a homeless encampment threatened nearby condos and resulted in at least one injury Sunday.
The city's search for the next top cop is underway as police chief Shelly Zimmerman prepares to step down in March.
A semi-truck ran over a fire hydrant Saturday afternoon in Grant Hill causing a huge geyser to spray into the air. Luckily, firefighters were just minutes away at a community event and were able to put a stop to the water quickly.