We've long debated the merits of the Zagat rankings of America's top restaurants, and this year we've had a revelation: The listings are lame.

 Granted, some fine homegrown restaurants squeeze in, including Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix.  But to have the so-called best restaurant in Tucson be an outpost of a national upscale steakhouse chain is inexcusable, particularly when Tucson has some mighty fine homegrown restaurants that are more than worthy of the honor.

  We won't start an argument by listing our candidates — we'll leave that to you, the readers.

  Meanwhile, here's  the list of top restaurants for 2012 in Zagat's major market survey:

Atlanta - Bacchanalia

Atlantic City - Old Homestead

Austin - Uchi

Baltimore/Annapolis - Charleston

Boston - O Ya

Charlotte - Barrington's

Chicago - Les Nomades

Cincinnati - Boca

Cleveland - Chez François

Columbus - ĽAntibes

Connecticut - Le Petit Cafe

Dallas/Ft. Worth - Bonnell's

Denver Area - Fruition

Detroit - Lark

Honolulu - Sushi Sasabune

Houston - Le Mistral

Kansas City - Justus Drugstore

Las Vegas - Joël Robuchon

Long Island - North Fork Table

Los Angeles - Matsuhisa

Milwaukee - Roots

Minneapolis/St. Paul - La Belle Vie

Naples, FL - Côte d'Azur

New Jersey - Nicholas

New Orleans - Bayona

New York City - Le Bernardin

Orange County - Marché Moderne

Orlando - Victoria & Albert's

Philadelphia - Vetri

Portland, OR - Painted Lady

Sacramento - Taste

Salt Lake City - Mariposa

San Antonio - Dough

San Diego - Market

San Francisco - Gary Danko

Seattle - Cafe Juanita

St. Louis - Niche

Tampa/Sarasota - Beach Bistro

Washington, DC - Marcel's

West. /HRV - Sushi Nanase