|Twenty Detroit-area restaurants have been named
among "America's Top Restaurants" in the 2011 edition of
the influential national Zagat guide. The slim maroon
book, which rates 1,552 restaurants in 45 major cities,
arrives in bookstores today.
The rankings represent the opinions of ordinary
diners who register on Zagat.com to comment about the
food, decor, service and cost of restaurants selected by
editors of Zagat, one of the best known but most
mispronounced names in the world of restaurant ratings —
zuh-GAT (rhymes with cat) is the way to say it.
"Anyone who is passionate about food can be one of
our surveyors," says Tiffany Herklots, communications
director at Zagat.com. The 2011 guide ($15.95)
represents a cross-section of the views and comments of
more than 153,000 diners who have visited the
restaurants they vote for in the past year.