Were you expecting to see a Michelin Star restaurant? Something like Per Se? Certainly a restaurant where fine dining doesn’t even begin to describe the orgasmic experience, right? Like Alinea? Nope. Those excellent restaurants—and others of their kind—are not the best restaurant in the USA according to Yelp. That honor would go to a small shack in Hawaii called Da Poke Shack. You could eat there for less than 10 bucks.
The menu is written on a white board. You order from a deli counter. The view is supposedly impressive. And the food is the best you can get in America. Yelp users gave it a 5-star average with over 600 reviews. Not bad for a shack.
Slate pointed to Yelp’s first ever Top 100 places to eat list and it covers pretty much every kind of food, price range, experience, cuisine and so forth there is. Little food stands to three hour meals and everything in between, everything is considered. It’s the people’s list of what they consider is best. Yelp explains the method:
Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community.