The British magazine "Restaurant" just released its list of the 50 best restaurants in the world. At the top of the list was a place in Bray, England, called "The Fat Duck." I guess I can no longer claim the Brits have terrible food -- just food I can't afford.
Anyway, the top U.S. restaurant (at No. 3 overall) was the French Laundry in Yountville. The next Bay Area place was Chez Panisse in Berkeley at No. 13. In fact, all the U.S. restaurants -- aside from one in Chicago (Charlie Trotter) -- were either in New York or the Bay Area. However, not a one was in San Francisco proper. No La Folie, no Fleur de Lys, no Gary Danko, etc. We've been snubbed!