Don’t get us wrong: We love discovering our next neighborhood dining haunt on Yelp as much as the next eager eater does. But what’s even better than those five-star reviews? A restaurant touted by a top chef, that’s for sure! We spoke to some of the buzziest and most lauded chefs helming top restaurants in the country to get the scoop on where they love to eat. From Los Angeles to Madison, Wisconsin, to New Orleans and everywhere in between, it’s a list you’ll want to reference the next time that taste for discovery strikes again. Read on!
Two Dudes, One Pan: Maximum Flavor From a Minimalist Kitchen by Jon Shook ($19)
Chicago Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From the Windy City by Amelia Levin ($16 and up)