Zagat survey reveals American dining trends and preferred eateries

Friday, December 6th, 2013. Filed under: Destinations Food & Dining Home & Garden
Le Bernardin was the top-rated restaurant in New York by 224,000 Zagat readers. ©Daniel Krieger

Le Bernardin was the top-rated restaurant in New York by 224,000 Zagat readers.
©Daniel Krieger

(Relaxnews) – Italian food is the most popular cuisine across the US, diners in Colorado are the most generous tippers and New Yorkers cook the least.

These are some of the conclusions out of a new Zagat survey that polled 8,000 Americans on their dining habits and also revealed a few interesting regional differences.

According to the report, diners in Colorado, for instance, leave a gratuity that averages 19.6 percent, above the national average of 19 percent.

The “stingiest” tippers seem to be found on the West Coast, where diners in San Francisco leave gratuities averaging 18.4 percent, followed by Los Angeles and San Diego diners, who leave an average of 18.5 percent.

The biggest dining pet peeve across the board was noise, followed by poor service, prices and crowds.

When it comes to splitting the bill, the survey also found regional differences, with Southerners in Dallas/Ft. Worth and Atlanta more likely to ask for separate checks, while East Coast diners in New York, New Jersey and Boston are more likely to split the check evenly.

The survey also found that New Yorkers cook at home the least, making 5.5 meals per week in their kitchen compared to the national average of 6.9.

Residents in Portland, meanwhile, cook the most, preparing 8.1 meals at home every week.

After Italian fare, American, French and ‘seafood’ emerged as the top cuisines among respondents.

Meanwhile, here are the top-rated restaurants in major cities across the US, according to 224,000 Zagat readers:

New York: Le Bernardin, seafood
Las Vegas: Joel Robuchon, French
Chicago: Katsu Japanese Restaurant, Japanese
Los Angeles: Asanebo, Japanese
San Francisco: Gary Danko, American


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