July 2016

Top 100 Independent Restaurants in State Capitals

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.

Amaro Donna Rosa

At Washington, D.C., distillery Don Ciccio & Figli, Italian-inspired liqueurs are based on recipes passed down through generations of master distiller Francesco Amodeo’s family.

Merlet C2 Café

Cognac and coffee unite in Merlet C2 Café, a robust liqueur from France’s Distillerie Merlet & Fils.


Jabali, a hard-to-tame wild agave that is both difficult to harvest and more toxic than most species, is one rare star in the Rey Campero Mezcal portfolio.

2015 Justin Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc

This is an unusual style of Sauvignon Blanc for its round mouthfeel and its notes of clementines—with mineralities that make this a solid pairing with seafood, especially raw-bar items and sushi.

Victory Donnybrook Stout

We’ll end things way over on the dark side with Downingtown, Pennsylvania–based Victory’s solid interpretation of an Irish dry stout—something few outside of Ireland truly pull off.

Alewerks Tavern Ale

Another from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Tavern Ale from Williamsburg’s Alewerks is an American brown that resembles dark chocolate in the glass and on the palate.

Epic Tart ‘n’ Juicy Sour IPA

Folks have been saying “sour is the new hoppy,” but that assumed the two were mutually exclusive. Then along came Tart ‘n’ Juicy, Epic Brewing’s sessionable sour.

Novo Fogo

With the Summer Olympics unfolding in Rio, all eyes are on Brazil. Offering a portal into this vibrant culture is cachaça, the country’s native spirit.


Koval’s small-batch, organic Dry Gin was such a hit that the Chicago distillery followed up with a barrel-aged expression.

Crown Royal

It was 1939 when King George VI paid Canada a visit, and in honor of his journey, Crown Royal was born.

2015 Astrolabe Wines Sauvignon Blanc

This full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc features prominent grapefruit notes and a zesty backbone, yielding a heavier style of this varietal, filled with zest.