It's pretty common knowledge that a restaurant that offers sushi on one page of its menu and lasagna on the other -- and barbecue somewhere in between -- isn't going to cook you the best meal of your life. It will probably be decent, but will more likely be disappointing (and hopefully it won't give you food poisoning). There's only so much that one establishment can do well, and if they try to do too much they usually just fail at all of it.
As a response to all those fails, the restaurant industry has taken a shift in the opposite direction with highly focused, super-specialized establishments. Today, biscuits have their own kitchen; meatloaf has its own bakery; and there's even a restaurant to fulfill all of your rice pudding desires. It's a brave new world -- and we sure are eating well.
Here are our favorite spots that put all their effort into making one dish really well.