From Pamela Parseghian at www.nrn.com
: Nation's Restaurant News has selected the 2009 inductees for its prestigious Fine Dining Hall of Fame. In addition, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., has been named the 2009 Fine Dining Legend.
This year's restaurant honorees include:
* Barolo Grill in Denver
* Blue Ginger in Boston
* Bouley in New York City
* Herbsaint in New Orleans
* Naha in Chicago
* Nana Restaurant in Dallas
* Michael Mina in Las Vegas
* Michael's on East in Sarasota, Fla.
* New Rivers in Providence, R.I.
* Slanted Door in San Francisco
The inductees, along with Waters, will be highlighted in the July 20 issue of Nation's Restaurant News. Waters joins a list of Fine Dining Legends that includes Los Angeles-based Wolfgang Puck, Ella Brennan of Commander‚s Palace in New Orleans, and Jerry Burns, who was at the 21 Club in New York City. More than 220 restaurants have been inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame since the awards were established in 1980. The 2009 winners were nominated by past winners and selected by Nation‚s Restaurant News‚ editors. Criteria for winning include excellence in food quality, gracious and professional service and a memorable ambiance.