Goat Boy wrote:I think what America does really well is simple recipes cooked with good ingredients with large portions. Meals that cost around $10-15, that sorta thing. I think we are catching up but we have a bit to go. Plus they also have that customer focused culture which helps. Oh and BBQ.
Don't forget Mexican food.
I think you're largely correct. I live, however, in a region that prides itself on its choice of fine restaurants. I would bet that NYC, New Orleans, LA, just because of its size, are the only other US cities that can match San Francisco/Berkeley with the number of good restaurants. Throw in Napa/Sonoma an Carmel, and there are a ton of upper scale restaurants.
As a semi-regular visitor to the UK since 1979, I've eaten out a lot. It's gotten much better, and if memory serves, it was really the mid '90s when I was really begin noticing it all the way 'round and more than in just the largest cities and more affluent suburbs, which can afford those kind of meals.