White Horse Tavern

American in Newport

If you'd like to eat at a tavern, opened by a 17th-century pirate, that once served as an annual meeting place for the Colonial Rhode Island General Assembly, try this historic, gambrel-roofed beauty. Menus for dinner (at which men should wear a jacket) might include baked escargot, truffle-crusted Atlantic halibut or beef Wellington. Service is hit or miss.

It opened in 1673, making it one of America's oldest taverns.