Food & Wine Magazine just released “The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years.” These restaurants have played a part in defining dining in America over the decades. The list is comprised of restaurants new and old, open and closed, across the entire country. We examined the lineup and found several SinglePlatform customers who were chosen as standout establishments. Below, we explore each restaurant part of the SinglePlatform family and what makes them unique.
This Houston spot has endured its fair share of ups and downs. It’s one of the best Southern restaurants in the country, but that doesn’t come without challenges. 2008’s Hurricane Ike resulted in a fire that burned the restaurant down. But, like the Phoenix, Brennan’s rose from the ashes and continued on.
Brennan’s of Houston opened in 1967 and is the sister restaurant of the famous New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace. For over 50 years, Brennan’s has been serving up Texas Creole cuisine like the Holy Trinity Crudo, Hunter’s Honey Roasted Duck, and Snapping Turtle Soup, just to name a few.
But, the food isn’t the only contributor to decades of success. Brennan’s of Houston is immensely proud of the Southern charm that their staff exudes, a sense of hospitality that can make anyone feel at home. If you visit their website, you’ll see a section in the “About Us” dedicated to the staff. You can read their bios to learn more about the people who uphold Brennan’s standards. Plus, they’ve got a great blog with recipes, events, and more.
Spago of Beverly Hills is the brainchild of famous chef Wolfgang Puck. Back in 1982 when he opened its doors, Wolfgang was at the forefront of the “celebrity chef” concept. Spago is his flagship restaurant that attracts A-listers of the L.A. dining scene. Since, he has built up the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group with a host of restaurants, bars, and lounges nationally and internationally.
Spago’s concept is modern fine-dining and a 2012 renovation gave way to a sleek design. The menus are inventive and modern to match. Guests can enjoy items ranging from caviar to ricotta gnocchi and Japanese Wagyu. For a taste of the west coast, diners can choose to try the California Tasting Menu.
As for Wolfgang Puck, he got his start in Austria when he began cooking alongside his mother. At age 24 he moved to the states and immersed himself in the restaurant industry. Today, he is the famous face behind the brand that has expanded to three companies: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc.
Just the name Daniel is synonymous with restaurant royalty. The chic Park Avenue NYC restaurant opened in 1993 and is known for its European cuisine and a wine cellar that houses over 25,000 bottles. Named after the acclaimed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud, the restaurant is steeped in French culture and cuisine.
Daniel is a Michelin 2-star restaurant that offers seasonal menus of the finest ingredients. Daniel offers prix-fixe menus and also hosts special pairing events, like the La Celebration Du Fromage, boasting an array of fine cheeses and wines. On the dinner menu? Foie gras, Quebec roasted suckling pig, and strawberry tarts, among much more.
As for the man behind the restaurant name, Daniel Boulud was named a “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine magazine in 1988. Since then, he has grown his restaurant empire with establishments in the US, Montreal, London, and Singapore.
BAM! It’s no surprise to us that former Food Network star Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant made the list. It’s just one of many locations owned by the celebrity chef known for his bold personality and even bolder cooking. The Fish House is located in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and boasts a twist on Louisiana’s classic Creole. The menu kicks it up a notch with items like PEI Mussels, Pecan crusted Texas redfish, and Emeril’s banana cream pie.
Emeril’s opening of the New Orleans Fish House prompted an influx of new restaurants on the Vegas strip. He was a pioneer of the dining scene that now exists in the flashy Nevada tourist hub. He also owns other restaurants across the country, including Emeril’s New Orleans and Emeril’s Coastal Italian.
Although born in Massachusetts, he is known for his “new New Orleans” cooking style. He even won the National Best Recipe award in 2003 for his turkey and hot sausage chili. Emeril is more than just a chef, restaurateur, and TV legend. He has written various cookbooks and created a cookware line as well.
Chef Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant is located in Boston’s Beacon Hill. It boasts elegant European design and dishes inspired by France and Italy. Barbara is a James Beard Award winner who has been on the food scene since age 13. In 2017 she was included in Time Magazines "Top 100 Most Influential People of the Year."
No. 9 Park opened in 1998 and was immediately named one of the “Top 25 New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit and “Best New Restaurant” by Food & Wine. Twenty years later, the Boston favorite is still being recognized for its uniqueness and influence on the Boston restaurant scene.
The menu offers everything from caviar and gazpacho to swordfish au poivre and caramel souffle. As for Barbara, she is the head of the Barbara Lynch Group which boasts 8 restaurants in the Boston area, including No. 9 Park.
The small ramen shop in New York’s East Village has spiraled into so much more since its 2004 opening. Owner David Chang is not only known for his inventive food and restaurants, he also has a hit Netflix show, Ugly Delicious and a media company, Majordomo.
Head to the noodle joint for lunch or dinner and enjoy items like shiitake buns, smoked chicken wings, and ginger scallion noodles (FYI: the Momofuku pork buns originated here).
Since the opening of the first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku has expanded to a full restaurant group that includes Milk bar, Majordomo, and Nishi, among others. David’s endeavors combine his Korean heritage, a passion for cooking, and an inventiveness in the kitchen. We’re patiently waiting to see what he’ll do next.
Yet another well-known chef, Marcus Samuelsson is one of the men behind New York’s Red Rooster. Located in the heart of Harlem, the restaurant boasts a schedule of live music performances and signature dishes that celebrate American cuisine. Along with Andrew Chapman, Marcus opened the restaurant in 2010 with the goal of positively influencing the Harlem culinary scene.
Red Rooster’s Americana menu offers items like chicken and waffles, ribeye, and Marcus’ cornbread. Down home style cooking can be enjoyed while patrons listen to live music. Plus, downstairs at the Red Rooster you’ll find Ginny’s Supper Club, a speakeasy with food and cocktails.
Aside from Red Rooster, Marcus has opened a number of other restaurants, appears on Food Network shows like Chopped and Cooks vs. Cons, and was named "Best Chef: New York City" by the James Beard Foundation in 2003.
Chef Edouardo Jordan is behind both Seattle restaurants JuneBaby and Salare. We recently mentioned him on our list of Top Chefs: 11 Amazing Restaurateurs To Keep On Your Radar Right Now. Junebaby puts a new twist on Southern food but stays true to its roots that are steeped in culture and history.
The primarily walk-in only restaurant brings Southern charm to the West coast. For lunch, you can enjoy buttermilk biscuits, chicken gizzards, and Gulf shrimps. For dinner, try the fried catfish or Momma Jordan’s oxtails.
Edouardo Jordan has been hot on the restaurant scene lately. He took home two awards in 2018 from the James Beard Foundation, Best New Restaurant in the country and Best Chef: Northwest. He was the first African American recipient. Junebaby just opened in 2017 but has already received tons of acclamations and praise.
We at SinglePlatform are lucky to work with some of the top talents in the restaurant industry. Congratulations to all of the restaurants who were represented on the list.