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The No. 1 Restaurant in the World Is...

For the second year in a row, a restaurant few have ever heard of--much less had the privilege of dining there--has been named the No. 1 restaurant in the world. It is Noma.

And here's the other shocker. It's not in France or Italy or Spain, known international destinations for serious foodies. Noma is in Denmark.

The top chef at Noma is René Redzepi, 33, who has been recognized for his regional, seasonal menu that is definitely on the culinary cutting edge. His first rule: If the ingredient is not available in the Nordic region, he won't use it. Redzeipi's "New Nordic" cuisine features the freshest North Atlantic fish, local berries, vegetables and other produce prepared in creative ways. Dinner for two costs $300 or more.

Sponsored by San Pellegrino water, the list is created by the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an 806-member panel of the world's most venerated chefs, food critics, restaurateurs and gourmands, under the supervision of Restaurants magazine.

What are the best restaurants in the United States? Six of the top 50 restaurants that made the 2011 list are in the U.S.A.: Alinea in Chicago (6), as well as Manhattan's Per Se (10), Daniel (11), Le Bernardin (18), Eleven Madison Park and Momofuku Ssam Bar (40).

The top 50 restaurants in the world:
1. Noma (Denmark)
2. El Celler De Can Roca (Spain)
3. Mugaritz (Spain)
4. Osteria Francescana (Italy)
5. The Fat Duck (England)
6. Alinea (United States)
7. D.O.M. (Brazil)
8. Arzak (Spain)
9. Le Chateaubriand (France)
10. Per Se (United States)

11. Daniel (United States)
12. Les Creations de Narisawa (Japan)
13. L'Astrance (France)
14. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (France)
15. Hof van Cleve (Belgium)
16. Pierre Gagnaire (France)
17. Oud Sluis (The Netherlands)
18. Le Bernardin (United States)
19. L'Arpege (France)
20. Nihonryori RyuGin (Japan)

21. Vendome (Germany)
22. Steirereck (Austria)
23. Schloss Schauenstein (Switzerland)
24. Eleven Madison Park (United States)
25. Aqua (Germany)
26. Quay (Australia)
27. Iggy's (Singapore)
28. Combal Zero (Italy)
29. Martin Berasategui (Spain)
30. Bras (France)

31. Biko (Mexico)
32. Le Calandre (Italy)
33. Cracco (Italy)
34. The Ledbury (United Kingdom)
35. Chez Dominique (Finland)
36. Le Quartier Francais (South Africa)
37. Amber (China)
38. Dal Pescatore (Italy)
39. Il Canto (Italy)
40. Momofuku Ssam Bar (United States)

41. St. John (United Kingdom)
42. Astrid Y Gaston (Peru)
43. Hibiscus (United Kingdom)
44. Maison Troisgros (France)
45. Alain Ducasse au Plaze Athenee (France)
46. De Librije (The Netherlands)
47. Restaurant de l'Hotel De Ville (Switzerland)
48. Varvary (Russia)
49. Pujol (Mexico)
50. Asador Etxebarri (Spain)

--From the Editors at Netscape

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