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UPDATED 10/25/11 1:18 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — It seems that more people like Italian cuisine, but more French restaurants – including one in Chicago – got the nod as the best in the USA in the latest survey by Zagat.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the French restaurant Les Nomades, at 222 E. Ontario St. in the Streeterville neighborhood, is the pick as Chicago’s best restaurant in the 2012 Zagat survey.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The kitchen at Les Nomades is run by chef Chris Nugent, and the restaurant boasts of offering a fresh expression of French cuisine. Fixed-price dinners of four courses run for $115, five courses for $130, and on the wine list, prices range from $9 per glass to $5,000 per bottle.

Zagat calls Les Nomades “one of the last bastions of haute cuisine,” and “the crème de la crème of very formal fine dining.”

Les Nomades was one of three Chicago eateries that made the list of America’s Top Restaurants. Also on the list were Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St., where Grant Achatz has become a food celebrity for his molecular gastronomy; and Schwa, 1466 N. Ashland Ave., Michael Carlson’s restaurant known for such creations as jellyfish tentacle pad thai and quail egg ravioli.

All three received 29 out of 30 scores, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Zagat survey says although French and Japanese restaurants are the cuisines of the best restaurants in more than a third of the 25 cities surveyed, Italian restaurants are more popular.