The 10 Best Fancy Restaurants in America, According to Data

There is no doubt that many celebratory dinners were put on hold during the pandemic. Now that we can finally enjoy going out to a fancy dinner again (at least, for the moment), there’s no reason to settle for a subpar dining experience.

Tripadvisor recently announced the 10 best fine dining restaurants in America based on data from this year’s Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” Restaurants Awards, so you know exactly where to head for a memorable night out. The winners were chosen based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for restaurants on Tripadvisor collected from January 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021, as well as an additional editorial process. Note that each recipient consistently provides outstanding service and quality food for travelers.

If you don’t live near one of Tripadvisor’s top picks, perhaps it could inspire your next getaway! Speaking of fancy

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Chefs leave restaurants to work in private homes

MIAMI – Melissa Sosa had a 6-year-old at home and a salary as a restaurant chef that hadn’t changed within her son’s lifetime.

Forget that she was well respected among her peers and worked in prized Miami restaurants with James Beard award honors, including Zak the Baker, Pubbelly, Sugarcane and, lastly, Balloo.

She had accepted she would “be broke,” making $15 an hour, working 10- and 12-hour days at a 2-Michelin star restaurant in Brooklyn last year — when the coronavirus forced restaurants to close.

That’s when a Miami friend called with an offer: Would she consider coming back to be a personal chef?

A private plane flew her from Miami to the Bahamas, where she cooked in an island vacation home for 15 people over seven days around New Year’s Day. As a private chef, she says she commands $60 an hour.

“What I made in a week, I

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How to prove you’re vaccinated if you’re going to a restaurant, bar, or concert that requires it

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ICU nurse Megan Tschacher shows off her vaccination card at UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado on December 14, 2020. Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images

The CDC said on Tuesday that fully vaccinated people can spread the Delta variant and updated its guidelines to recommend masks indoors, regardless of your vaccination status.

Many restaurants, bars, and events such as concerts may require proof of vaccination upon entry.

Union Square Hospitality Group, the owner of several New York restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe, announced on Thursday that indoor diners and employees will have to show proof of COVID shots, CNBC reported.

“As of now, we will plan to accept a physical Covid-19 vaccine card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, a relevant state-provided vaccine pass, or a photo of the vaccination card upon arrival to our restaurants,” a Union Square Hospitality Group spokesperson

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Domino’s Pizza Just Hit a Big Milestone as It Works Toward Its 2025 Goals

Restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) reported second-quarter earnings results on July 22 and the stock soared following the release. In short, sales at restaurant locations that have been open for more than a year were up 3.5% in the U.S. and 13.9% internationally — these are called same-store sales or comparable sales. Q2 marked the 41st and 110th consecutive quarter of U.S. same-store sales growth and international same-store sales growth, respectively, and this was on top of Domino’s incredible sales growth in 2020. Few investors expected Domino’s to grow sales this far removed from the start of the pandemic.

In this video clip from Motley Fool Live, recorded on July 15, Fool contributors Jon Quast and Brian Withers discuss how same-store sales growth and new restaurant locations are part of Domino’s game plan as it marches toward its 2025 goals.

Jon Quast: The company that I’m

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