(NEXSTAR) — Want to support local businesses across the U.S.? It’s not always easy to find mom-and-pop-type restaurants in an online search — and it’s not easy to figure out which ones are any good. Recently, Entrepreneur and Yelp partnered to find the top 15 mom-and-pop restaurants in the U.S. from among hundreds.
To formulate the list, Yelp ranked independently owned and operated businesses with no more than 4 locations based on volume and ratings of reviews. Businesses needed to be marked as “open” on Yelp as of May 15 and have a passing health score as of that same date, Yelp explains.
Topping the list is ITs Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant located in Las Vegas. Among the restaurant’s most popular dishes are its takoyaki and yellowtail carpaccio.
Here are all 15 of Yelp’s top Mom and Pop Restaurants:
|1.||ITs Izakaya||Las Vegas|
|2.||Thanh Tinh Chay||San Diego|
|3.||Pla-Tu Sushi Thai Tapas||Miami|
|4.||Nahm Thai & Burmese Cuisine||Boise, Idaho|
|5.||Zeke’s Kitchen & Bar||Smyrna, Georgia|
|6.||Anton’s Craft Kitchen||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|7.||Lewis Barbecue||Charleston, South Carolina|
|8.||Sushi Kaunta||Kent, Washington|
|9.||Xalisco Latin Cuisine||Redmond, Oregon|
|10.||Malinche Mexican Culinary Experience||Ellisville, Missouri|
|11.||Anatolia Mediterranean Restaurant||Somersworth, New Hampshire|
|12.||Original Breakfast House||Phoenix, Arizona|
|13.||Geronimo||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|14.||Zeneli Pizzeria e Cucina Napoletana||New Haven, Connecticut|
|15.||Huli Sue’s BBQ & Grill||Asheville, North Carolina|
In addition to the above list of restaurants, Yelp and Entrepreneur identified independently owned businesses in nine other categories, including home services (like locksmiths and pest control) and hotels/bed and breakfasts.
Yelp says it wanted to make sure the listing was “geographically diverse,” so only one business per state was eligible to be ranked in a category. Yelp says Arizona and California ranked best overall — both states had a ranking across all 10 categories.