Back for the first time since 2018, this special report highlights a collection of 50 first-rate independently owned and operated restaurants in the U.S.

Though chain restaurants often grab headlines, independent eateries remain paramount for cultivating creativity and driving innovation in the culinary world, with impacts that reverberate throughout the entire foodservice industry. Some independent restaurants are legendary landmarks, staples in local communities and tourism districts with Michelin Stars to prove it. Meanwhile, some up-and-coming indies are experiencing record customer loyalty and traffic, and testing the power of smaller-scale operations.

Whichever category you’d place your restaurant in, we want to hear about it. Nominations are now open for FSR magazine’s Top 50 Independents. Back for the first time since 2018, this special report identifies and recognizes the independent restaurants setting America’s table. Want to recognize one of your favorite local eateries? Or think your restaurant stands out from the crowd? 

Click here to submit by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 21, 2023.

We welcome independent restaurants of every size, cuisine type, and background. The final Top 50 list will be featured in the July 2023 issue of FSR magazine!

Take a look at our past Top Independent reports:

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