A restaurant must be a cut above the rest for News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau to award 10 out of 10 plates in a dining review.
The food does not have to be perfect, but the full experience -- from decor to efficiency to noise level -- must meet the lofty standards of a food writer who has eaten at hundreds of local restaurants.
In light of his 10-plate review of Toutant, we look back at the other restaurants to receive the 10-plate award.
437 Ellicott St. (reviewed Dec. 26, 2019)
"In four years, Toutant has proven that a restaurant can become a can’t-miss Buffalo spot – and contribute to the city’s rise as a haven for food tourists – without selling a single chicken wing."
945 Kenmore Ave. (reviewed June 10, 2018)
"The restaurant has loomed large in the Buffalo Italian landscape for decades, but recently made its move to a much bigger place, where its kitchen would have to operate at a much higher volume. Yet from the opening Italian bread with butter and caponatina, a tangy eggplant relish, to the closing bananas Foster, every dish I tried was pitch-perfect."
2095 Delaware Ave. (reviewed Nov. 10, 2016)
"While the names on the bottom of Oliver’s menu change, the Delaware Avenue nightspot has remained a top Buffalo fine dining restaurant for a generation. The first-class food, setting and service that have distinguished Oliver’s remain undiminished."
425 Center St., Lewiston (reviewed Sept. 2, 2015)
"Typically a guy named Carmelo making his own pasta would guarantee an Italian restaurant, but Carmelo’s cannot be pigeonholed that way. Carmelo Raimondi fills his restaurant by cooking what he wants to eat, and his hunger comes from eating in Mexico City and across a broad swath of Europe, with a strong streak of homegrown Americana."
1375 Delaware Ave. (reviewed June 24, 2015)
"In the world of fine dining, Hutch’s is the closest Buffalo comes to a sure thing. Playing Buffalo’s oldies and new specials, veteran-led place is surest bet in town."
1198 Hertel Ave. (reviewed Sept. 10, 2014)
"From beginning to end, this was my most memorable Italian meal in Buffalo, a meal without a significant misstep. Is Ristorante Lombardo the best Italian restaurant in town? Having not dined at all the contenders, I can’t say. Have I seen a better one? No. This much is for sure: It’s one of the best restaurants in Western New York. Many places promise you a night to remember, and charge you accordingly. Ristorante Lombardo delivers."
These now-closed restaurants also earned 10 plates
Mike A's, 391 Washington St. (reviewed Sept. 14, 2012)
Tabree, 4610 Main St., Snyder (reviewed Oct. 10, 2013)
Rue Franklin, 341 Franklin St. (reviewed March 8, 2015)
SeaBar, 475 Ellicott St. (reviewed April 13, 2016)
White Carrot, 4717 Chautauqua Stedman Road, Mayville (reviewed Oct. 19, 2017)