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The Barn at Blackberry Farm named in 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012

By Jeaneane Payne

the barn at blackberry farm
The Barn at Blackberry Farm. Image courtesy of Blackberry Farm. has named its pick of the 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012. Among those is The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn.

The Daily Meal states "The cuisine is so emblematic that it has inspired a new category — Foothills Cuisine, a term that has actually been copyrighted. Truly farm-to-table, the Barn uses the farm estate's produce and products in a dynamic menu of Smoky Mountain regional dishes with a global flair."


Blackberry Farm is a world renown bed and breakfast inn located in Walland, just outside of Townsend, Tenn.

The top five restaurants chosen for best restaurants were Le Bernardin in New York City, Chicago's Alinea, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., New York City's Eleven Madison Park, and French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.

The Daily Meal indicated the top restaurants were chosen through a nomination process. A panel of judges (comprised primarily of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and assorted bloggers, from across the country) examined the list of 2011's winners and offered nominations for new restaurants to be considered. The Daily Meal's editors then added their nominations, ending up with a total of 202 nominations, and prepared a survey that allowed participants to vote for their favorites.

The voting — based on cuisine, region, and a number of specific factors, including formality (of food and atmosphere), level of "buzz," and price range — narrowed the list to 101. The spectrum of restaurants ranged from chef-driven neighborhood spots and avant-garde restaurants to iconic casual establishments. Each restaurant had the chance to be voted on three times during the survey. Finally, the percentage scores from each category were averaged to arrive at the final ranking.

Published March 8, 2012

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