America's most expensive restaurants — and New Orleans didn't make the list

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Here's a national list I'm glad we dodged. Some website called Bundle ranked The 25 Most Expensive Restaurants in America — and it turns out New Orleans' most pricey eateries can't compete with the budget-busting bills in other cities. The majority of the restaurants on the list came from three other great food cities: New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

I've never been to Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., but people say it's incredible, as well as incredibly expensive. But just how expensive?

Keller's French Laundry ranked at the top of our list with an average check size of $957 per visit. Per Se had an average check size of $883 per visit. Rounding out the top five are the eponymous Michael Mina restaurant in San Francisco, Calif, which has an average check size of $844, and two Chicago restaurants: Chef Grant Achatz's Alinea, which has an average check size of $736 per visit, and the eponymous Charlie Trotter's, which has an average check size of $666 per visit.

Another reason to be thankful for living in New Orleans. Obviously po-boys and banh mi are a great bargain, but it turns out Emeril's Delmonico and Commander's Palace are as well.

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