The spots where chefs want to eat today: that's one of the ways Andrew Knowlton explains what his Bon Appetit feature, The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America, is about. If you understand the distinctions between this and the 20 best restaurants, or 20 most influential restaurants, well, more power to you. #1? NYC's Momofuku. #16? Shake Shack (see the Roadfood.com review). #20? Swan Oyster Depot (see the oysters above and the Roadfood.com review). Restaurant on the list we most want to visit for the first time? #17: Austin, TX's Franklin Barbecue.