Independent Restaurants with a Per Person Check Average of More than $30
First Place: Javier's Cantina and Grill, Irvine, Calif.

FES1102Javier1Specifying Team: Javier Sosa Sr., owner, Javier's; Javier Sosa Jr., manager, Javier's; Brian Latimer, president, Tepper Restaurant Supply, West Los Angeles, Calif.; Bonnie Kostecka, director of sales, Tepper Restaurant Supply, West Los Angeles, Calif.; David Warner, outside sales, Pro Reps, Costa Mesa, Calif.

China: Villeroy & Boch (Corpo, Dune, Marchesi, New Wave, Pi Carre, Slide, Universal and Urban), Homer Laughlin (Alexa soup bowl and stacking salsa bowl)

Flatware: Dudson (Black Chagall)

Glassware: Libbey (white wine glass), Cardinal (Excalibur Grand Balloon margarita glass)

Accessories: Homer Laughlin (Pusline oval sugar holder)

Why It Won: This tabletop makes nice use of a variety of shapes and yet everything goes together well. The table's darker wood makes the bright white china pop and yet it still creates an elegant presentation. The textured flatware works well with the un-embossed china to allow the food to standout, which was the goal. Square look of the salt and pepper picks up the squared look of the flatware.