Thursday February 4, 2010
This year’s NRN 50 offers readers a glimpse into restaurants around the country that have survived and thrived in good times and bad, and have captured, and held, the attention of diners everywhere.
The annual special report, undertaken by the editors of Nation’s Restaurant News, is a testament to an industry that has taken its hard knocks of late in the midst of the Great Recession, but remains stronger than ever — partly because of the industry history that NRN 50 restaurants, the youngest of which is about 50 years old, helped to build nationwide and in the smallest of neighborhoods.
Finding just 50 U.S. restaurants that have stood the test of time and still remain relevant today was a near impossible feat. While the NRN 50 is expansive, geographically diverse and filled with concepts from quick-service burger brands to the finest of dining establishments, there are countless more restaurants that have indeed stolen the hearts of consumers everywhere. Still, this special report showcases enduring restaurants that reflect the industry’s entrepreneurialism and the personalities behind the brands, from the Snyder family at In-N-Out Burger in Irvine, Calif., to Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.
Online Exclusive: Take a peek into the stories of 11 restaurants
• Big Texan Steak Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
• Café Du Monde - New Orleans
• Canlis – Seattle
• Cold Spring Tavern – Santa Barbara, Calif.
• Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven, Conn.
• Kewpee Hamburgers - Lima, Ohio
• Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant - Natchitoches, La.
• Nathan’s Famous - Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Philippe the Original - Los Angeles
• Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant - Columbus, Ohio
• The Greenbrier - The Main Dining Room - White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.