The most difficult challenge of formulating the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants each year is not just what to include, but what to cut. Obviously for every addition there needs to be a subtraction.
This year I added 19 restaurants, but I actually wrote 109 entries, and when it came down to the deadline I had to chop off some places I truly thought deserved to be there.
I have a close relationship to all these restaurants because I’ve visited each one at least three times, and in some cases more than a dozen depending on how long they’ve been on the list. Each year I return to the previous year’s restaurants to insure they still deserve a spot in the Top 100.
At that point it came down to nuance – location, style of cuisine and other service and decor details that might give one place a slight edge over another.