Eater‘s restaurant critic Bill Addison has compiled his 2016 list of the 38 most essential restaurants in the nation. Eater says: “It’s our guide not to what is newest or trendiest, but to what defines and anchors us.” Pictured: The Whale Wins, Seattle.

Alinea, Chicago

Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa

Benu, San Francisco

Blue Hills at Stone Barns, Pocantino Hills, N.Y.

Bluestem, Kansas City

Cafe at Chez Panisse, Berkeley

Clancy’s, New Orleans

Cotogna, San Francisco

Estela, New York

Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, Me.

FIG, Charleston

Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder

Guerrilla Tacos, Los Angeles

Gunshow, Atlanta

Heartland, St. Paul

Herbsaint, New Orleans

Husk Nashville, Nashville

Kachka, Portland, Ore.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas

Manresa, Los Gatos, Ca.

Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York

Night + Market Song, Los Angeles

Oleana, Cambridge

Oxheart, Houston

Parachute, Chicago

Pizzeria Blanco, Phoenix

Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Nashville

The Publican, Chicago

Roberta’s, Brooklyn

Rose’s Luxury, Washington

Tei An, Dallas

Trois Mec, Los Angeles

Vedge, Philadelphia

The Whale Wins, Seattle

Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Zahav, Philadelphia

America’s Essential Restaurants – Eater