Fruition earns another top nod

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Zagat released its 2011 America's Top Restaurants Survey this morning. You can find it at bookstores for $15.95 or purchase a smartphone application here.

Denver's Fruition came out on top for Colorado eateries. See more on that plus a list of all 40 Colorado restaurants in this Westword post.

Ladies and gentlemen, the highest rated restaurant in the state according to Zagat.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Ladies and gentlemen, the highest rated restaurant in the state according to Zagat.

I'm surprised to find that not even The Broadmoor's Penrose Room made the list, which features no Colorado Springs outfits. Especially considering that the Penrose Room is one of only 15 outfits in the country that holds five stars and five diamonds.

Here's some other tidbits from a press release:

Sign of the Times: As expected during these tough economic times, surveyors report eating out less (3.1 times per week down from 3.3 pre-recession), being more attentive to prices (39%), eating in less expensive places (33%) and cutting back on alcohol, appetizers and desserts (17−21%). On a more positive note, 55% of respondents feel they’re getting better deals via prix fixe meals and other discounts, 41% suspect their patronage is more appreciated and 33% say that reservations are easier to come by.

Dollars and Sense: The national average price of a meal rose 2.2% in the past year to $35.37. New Orleans has the lowest average meal cost ($28.36), and the highest average percent tip at 19.7% (vs. the national average of 19.2%). Other high-end tippers include Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Ohio, all at 19.6%. Honolulu is at the low-end (18.4%), followed by such western cities, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle, each at 18.6%. When it comes to paying the check, 50% of surveyors either avoid cash-only eateries or spend less when dining there.

Green: When it comes to healthy dining, 68% of surveyors say it is important that the food they eat is locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised, and 60% say they are even willing to pay more for it. Moreover, 31% seek out restaurants specializing in such 'green' cuisine.

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