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The 2016 FSR Top 100 Indies highlights leading independent operators in state capitals throughout the U.S.

Top 100 Independent Restaurants in State Capitals

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July 2016 Research

The 2016 FSR Top 100 Indies highlights leading independent operators in state capitals throughout the U.S. The chart below includes data on each restaurant’s annual sales, the year it opened, and its average dinner check per diner. When specific data was unavailable, the sales are estimated (e) or clarified as Not Available. The ranking can be sorted by any of these data points to view restaurants by sales, age, or average check. See the full story with restaurants ranked alphabetically by state.

RestaurantLocationAnnual SalesOpenedAverage Checksort descending
L'EtoileMadison, Wisconsin$1 to $2 million1976$150
The Kitchen RestaurantSacramento, CaliforniaNot Available1991$135
MizunaDenver$1 to $2 million2001$120
Davio'sBostonOver $10 million1985$100–$150
St. Elmo Steak HouseIndianapolis$17.7 million1902$88
The 404 KitchenNashville, Tennessee$1.2 to $1.5 million2013$80
Chandler'sBoise, Idaho$6 million2007$78
BacchanaliaAtlantaNot Available1993$75 (e)
GunshowAtlanta$2.5 million2013$75
State & LempBoise, Idaho$500,0002013$75
One Eleven at the CapitalLittle Rock, ArkansasNot Available2014$75
Barley SwineAustin, TexasOver $2.5 million2010$72
RiojaDenver$3 to $5 million2004$69
Death & TaxesRaleigh, North CarolinaNot Available2015$65(e)
EtchNashville, Tennessee$4.2 million2012$65
Heartland Restaurant & Farm DirectSt. Paul, Minnesota$2.5 million2002$65
The CreoleLansing, Michigan$2 million2015$65
FruitionDenverOver $1 million2007$65
Angus BarnRaleigh, North CarolinaOver $15 million1960$60
RefectoryColumbus, Ohio$3 million1976$60
Row House RestaurantTopeka, KansasUnder $1 million2007$60
Log HavenSalt Lake City, Utah$3 million1994$58
L'OpossumRichmond, Virginia$1 to $2 million2014$56
TAGDenver$3.3 million2009$55
MW RestaurantHonoluluOver $3 million2013$55
Mangia Qua & Suba Tapas BarHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaApproaching $2 million2002$55
Restaurant MartinSanta Fe, New Mexico$1 to $2 million2009$55
Albany Pump Station & C.H. Evans BrewingAlbany, New YorkNot Available1999$50–$75
O'Learys SeafoodAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million1983$50–$60
City HouseNashville, TennesseeNot Available2007$50(e)
OlamaieAustin, TexasNot Available2014$50(e)
Ruffino'sBaton Rouge, Louisianna$6.4 million1998$50
Paragary'sSacramento, California$3 million1983$50
Noah's Eclectic BistroCharleson, West VirginiaUnder $1 million2012$50
Juban'sBaton Rouge, LouisiannaNot Available1983$49(e)
Barcelona Restaurant & BarColumbus, OhioNot Available1996$48(e)
Vesta Dipping GrillDenver$4 million1997$47
Rappahannock RestaurantRichmond, Virginia$2.5 million2012$45.50
HarvestMadison, Wisconsin$1 to $1.5 million2000$45–$55
Granite Restaurant & BarConcord, New Hampshire$1.3 million2007$45
Lucca's ItalianHelena, MontanaUnder $1 million2006$44
The Copper OnionSalt Lake City, UtahNot Available2010$42(e)
DeliciaIndianapolisOver $2 million2013$42
Iron RabbitOlympia, WashingtonNot Available2005$42
HSLSalt Lake City, UtahNot Available2016$40(e)
FireboxHartford, ConnecticutApproaching $2 million2007$40–$50
Mr. Friendly's New SouthernColumbia, South Carolina$1 to $2 million1995$40–$50
TerraColumbia, South Carolina$1 to $2 million2006$40–$50
Grants Restaurant & BarWest Hartford, Connecticut$4 to $5 million2001$40–$45
Cook & Brown Public HouseProvidence, Rhode Island$800,0002010$40–$45
Berryhill & Co.Boise, Idaho$1.5 million1998$40 (e)
Harry & Izzy'sIndianapolisAlmost $11 million2007$40
GraffiatoRichmond, Virginia$2.5 to $3 million2014$40
SienaProvidence, Rhode IslandOver $2.5 million2005$40
CentroDes Moines, IowaOver $2 million2012$40
Café at Adele'sCarson City, Nevada$1.5 to $2 million1977$40
SaltJuneau, Alaska$1 to $2 million2014$40
izanami at Ten Thousand WavesSanta Fe, New Mexico$1.5 million2013$40
TenPhoenix$750,0002014$40
LaunderetteAustin, TexasNot Available2015$39(e)
City Pork Brasserie and BarBaton Rouge, LouisiannaNot Available2014$38 (e)
Cool Springs Fish Bar & RestaurantDover, Delaware$1.3 million1999$35–$45
Cheever's CaféOklahoma City$3.5 million2000$35
American Harvest EaterySpringfield, Illinois$1 to $2 million2011$35
PreserveAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million2015$35
Myers + ChangBostonNot Available2007$33(e)
The EdisonTallahassee, FloridaNot Available2015$30 (e)
Homestead InnTrenton, New JerseyNot Available1939$30(e)
ProofDes Moines, IowaUnder $1 million2008$30–$50
J Morgan's SteakhouseMontpelier, Vermont$2 to $3 million1995$30–$40
Vin 909 WinecaféAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million2011$30
42nd Street Oyster Bar & Seafood GrillRaleigh, North CarolinaNot Available1987$30
Madison's CaféJefferson City, MissouriNot Available1982$30
Ocotillo Restaurant & BarPhoenix$4.5 to $5 million2015$28
The Barley HouseConcord, New Hampshire$2.5 million2000$28
Peacock AlleyBismarck, North DakotaOver $2 million1933$28
GeorgiaSanta Fe, New Mexico$1.5 million2014$28
South on MainLittle Rock, Arkansas$1.2 million2013$28
Vincenzo'sLincoln, NebraskaNot Available1994$28
Cattlemen's SteakhouseOklahoma CityApproaching $10 million1910$26
Archive Coffee & BarSalem, Oregon$1 million2014$26
The AlbanyCheyenne, WyomingNot Available1942$25–$30(e)
18 SeaboardRaleigh, North Carolina$2.9 million2006$25
La MinestraPierre, South DakotaNot Available1998$25
Bluegrass KitchenCharleston, West Virginia$1 to $2 million2005$24
Big OrangeLittle Rock, Arkansas$3.9 million2013$22.50
Bardenay RestaurantBoise, IdahoOver $10 million1999$22
The Rookery CaféJuneau, Alaska$1 to $1.5 million2010$21
Millie's DinerRichmond, Virginia$1.5 million1989$20–$30
Myril Arch's Cattleman's Club SteakhousePierre, South Dakota$1 million1986$20–$25
MilktoothIndianapolis$1 million (e)2014$19
Restaurant 55Dover, Delaware$1.4 million2010$18–$30 (e)
What If CaféHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaUnder $1 million1999$18–$25
Bella BellaTallahassee, Florida$1.5 million2001$17
Helena's Hawaiian FoodHonoluluUnder $1 million1946$15–$20
Eastside GrilleMontgomery, Alabama$1 to $2 million2003$15
StaxxFrankfort, Kentucky$1.3 million2011$12
Sweet Chilli ThaiAugusta, MaineUnder $1 million2008$10–$15
Garcia'sFrankfort, Kentucky$1.5 million2004$10
Bully's RestaurantJackson, Mississippi$400,0001982$9