Zagat released its 2012 America's Top Restaurants Survey Tuesday, covering 1,578 of the nation's top restaurants across 45 major markets.
The new guide incorporates the votes of over 156,000 food lovers who dined out an estimated 25 million times in the past year, which equals 3.1 times per week.
81% of surveyors nationwide are in favor of restaurants being required to post their health department letter grades. The survey showed 75% of Detroit residents favor the idea.
"Our surveyors' support for the display of health department letter grades has grown as fast as support for the smoking bans a few years ago," said Tim Zagat, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Zagat. "By requiring restaurants to maintain sanitary environments, these laws are benefitting the overall safety of the consumer."
The national average of meals out per week held steady at 3.1 ? the same as last year,. Texans eat out the most, with Houston averaging 4 times per week. Detroit residents report eating out 3.2 times each week.
The Survey shows a rise in complaints about noise/crowds, which is now at 16%, up from 12% five years ago.
When asked what they would do if seated next to noisy neighbors, 54% of diners surveyed would ignore them, 32% say they would ask to be moved and 10% would ask the manager to speak to them.
Zagat lists the top Detroit-area as:
1. Lark in West Bloomfield
2. Bacco in Southfield
3. Common Grill in Chelsea
4. Zingerman's in Ann Arbor
5. Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills
For the complete Restaurant survey click here: zagat.com
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