06/25/2013 04:07 pm ET Updated Aug 25, 2013

20 Most Important Restaurants in America

By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit

No, we're not talking the fanciest, trendiest, or even the ones with the most stars. These are the places that define how we eat out. They're the fearless spots the drive chefs to innovate, restauranteurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up. In short, these are the restaurants that matter--right now.

20 Most Important Restaurants in America

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