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Clean Plate Awards

2013 Clean Plate Awards

We've gathered an esteemed panel of industry insiders to name the restaurant dishes they enjoyed most over the last year-the ones that literally made them clean their plates.

Clean Plate Awards

2016 Clean Plate Awards

Read on to see which award-winning dishes made this year’s distinguished panel literally clean their plates in 2016.

These 10 groundbreakers all pushed the envelope during the last 12 months in terms of both design and operation, bending traditions and blurring lines within their typical space to set new directions.

With 15 restaurants on the Top 100 Independents ranking, Las Vegas is home to the highest-grossing concept and plenty of options from celebrity chefs.

Whether these concepts grew their incremental sales, opened up or asked to be considered, they made the list of Top 100 Independents for the first time this year.

California is home to 11 of the Top 100 Independents; most of those in the Golden State are split fairly evenly between San Francisco and the Southland.

The top-grossing independent restaurants located in hotels of 2017.

Here's a look at the highest-grossing independent seafood restaurants in the country.

Las Vegas is home to the top-grossing restaurant in the United States, Tao, along with 13 other high-volume players from the Top 100. The city hosts several celebrity chefs and leading multiconcept operators.

Like most businesses, leading restaurants have to continually work to keep sales growing. Restaurant Business asked the highest-grossing independent restaurant operators how they build business in an increasingly competitive environment.

Ten restaurants among the Top 100 Independents call Florida home. Three are in Orlando’s Disney Springs, and the rest are clustered in and around Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

The 10 highest-grossing Italian independent restaurants include bar-forward nightclubs, fine-dining destinations, and red sauce and spaghetti giants.

Wages and workforce quality are the two most prevalent worries among the Top 100 operators. Here’s how they’re coping.

Operators across the country beefed up their HR practices with new ways to work with their teams.

While it may not be all good news yet, these chains have plans in place that are starting to pay off.

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