Asian restaurants dominate Yelp’s 2024 Top 100 Places to Eat ranking

The list, which celebrates independents, is based on Yelp ratings, number of reviews and more. Vegetarian Latin restaurant Tumerico in Tucson, Ariz., took the No. 1 spot.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Tumerico took the No. 1 spot on Yelp's 2024 Top 100 Places to Eat list.

It’s a big year for restaurants specializing in Asian cuisine, at least according to Yelp’s 2024 Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States list released Tuesday.

One quarter of the independent restaurants on the list serve Asian, Asian fusion or Southeast Asian, the review site noted.

The No. 1 spot on the list, though, Tucson, Ariz.’s Tumerico, specializes in vegetarian Latin food created by chef-owner Wendy Garcia, a James Beard Award semi-finalist. It has five stars and more than 1,000 Yelp reviews.

“Yelpers regularly keep an eye on the chalkboard menu that changes daily based on seasonal availability, such as salsa made from Tucson-grown chiltepin chiles and pitaya (Mexican dragon fruit) or nopalitos (made from prickly pear cactus),” Yelp said in its announcement.

This is the 11th annual such ranking from Yelp. The list is based on Yelp ratings, the number of reviews received for an establishment and input from Yelp’s community managers.

Restaurants in California, Florida, Arizona, Texas and Nevada led the ranking, with a variety of cuisines represented. California had the most restaurants on the list, at 18, followed by Florida, with 13.

“This year’s list embraces the unique tastes of our users and spotlights the beloved hidden gems across local communities,” Tara Lewis, Yelp’s trend expert, said in a statement.

More than 85% of the restaurants on Yelp’s list are priced at less than $30 per person.

Here are the top 10 restaurants on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. list for 2024. See the full list here.

  1. Tumerico; Tucson, Ariz.
  2. Menya Rui; St. Louis
  3. Sunny Side Kitchen; Escondido, Calif.
  4. GS Café and Ethiopian Cuisine; Covina, Calif.
  5. Fratello; Coral Gables, Fla.
  6. Broken Mouth-Lee’s Homestyle; Los Angeles
  7. Adela’s Country Eatery; Kaneohe, Hawaii
  8. Sierra Subs and Salads; Three Rivers, Calif.
  9. Gino’s Deli Stop N Buy; San Antonio

10. Uncle Af’s; Agoura Hills, Calif.

Since 2014, Yelp has recognized more than 750 restaurants in more than 380 cities with a top-places-to-eat designation.

Yelp will observe its 20th anniversary as a review site this year.

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