Happy (almost) New Year! As 2017 comes to an end, we look back at all the good things that happened in the big 2-0-1-7 and pay tribute to all the wonderful local businesses that opened this year.
To create this list, our experts in the Yelp Data Lab identified the restaurants that were added to Yelp in 2017 and ranked the highest in their state, based on a formula that takes into account the number of reviews and star ratings. And we noticed a couple of trends…
Greek and Mediterranean restaurants! Many new openings in 2017 were inspired by southern European cuisine, with top spots opening up in states such as Connecticut, Nevada and Ohio. Falafel, gyros and shawarma, oh my!
Seems like fast casual style dining was in and sit down restaurants were out in 2017. Many new restaurants are copying from the playbook of chains such as Chipotle and shifting to a model that does not offer full table service. These spots ranged in types of fare as well, including empanadas, poke, Korean and traditional barbecue. Something for everyone to love and grab fast.
Check out the list yourself. The spots below are among the best restaurants where you can eat a meal in every state that opened in 2017 so you can see what goodness this year brought to your neck of the woods.