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 woman in her 40s riding a bicycle suffered major injuries when she was struck by an SUV during a traffic crash in El Cajon, a police lieutenant said Sunday.
An investigation was underway Sunday into a possible arson attack at a mosque in Escondido, according to authorities.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity dedicated the first four homes of an affordable housing community in Logan Heights on Saturday.
At least one person was killed and three were injured in a crash on state Route 163 in Balboa Park early Saturday morning.
Chaos ensued on a Phoenix freeway on Friday morning after a car crashed off the side of the road. As witnesses pulled over to help, they saw a man stabbing a woman to death.
Sheriff's deputies arrested more than two dozen people as part of a warrant sweep in South Bay on Saturday -- including a man who tried to resist being taken into custody.
The city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department hosted an automotive product recycling event on Saturday at San Diego Miramar College.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.
Henry Avocado Corporation is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.