If you’re a true foodie, you probably enjoy dining out at innovative restaurants where the chefs are on the leading edge of culinary creativity. Now, finding those restaurants is easier than ever. We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2009 Diners’ Choice Awards in the Fit for Foodies category. Derived from more than 3 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for nearly 10,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list speaks to diners with a discerning palette seeking adventure and thrills from their food.
Most diners will recognize some of the names on the list (Blue Hill, The French Laundry), but it is rife with sleepers (Dirt Candy, Fore Street, noca, Wink) from all over the country that have been wholeheartedly embraced by local foodies. The states of California and New York made strong showings, but Illinois, with seven winners, is clearly nipping at their heels. Winners can also be found in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maine and South Carolina, among others.