I know, I know, this isn't exactly news, but I'm really behind on my magazine reading. In this case, I'm just now getting to the 2004 annual restaurant awards from the Wine Spectator. There are lots of awards, and if you want to see who has won in your local area, there's a handy database to find out.
I will spend a little time on the awards for the San Francisco Bay Area. We weren't the recipients of any new Grand Awards this year but four restaurants have maintained their Grand Award status from previous years: Rubicon, Fifth Floor, Gary Danko, and The Carnelian Room, and there are a total of 53 restaurants that have awards from the Spectator. As a point of reference New York has 163.
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