Must-see restaurants in The USA

  • Lobster Shack at Two Lights

    Portland

    Crack into a lobster dinner, lobster roll or chowder bowl at this well-loved Cape Elizabeth seafood shack, with killer views of the crashing Atlantic from…

  • Bogart's Cafe

    Waikiki

    Regulars crave the taro-banana pancakes at Bogart's, which uses fresh local produce in its full menu of breakfast and lunch items. The avocado-and-spinach…

  • Milk & Honey

    Chattanooga

    This black-and-white-checked cafe is a revolving door of folks breezing in for coffee drinks, light breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches, fancy sweets and…

  • Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor

    Wisconsin

    Vintage ice-cream parlor across the river from the main downtown core sells homemade ice cream by the scoop, as well as freshly baked pies and some old…

  • Mac's on the Pier

    Cape Cod

    Head here for fish-market-fresh seafood at bargain prices. Fried-fish standards join the likes of oyster po'boys, sushi rolls and grilled striped-bass…

  • Toulouse

    Dallas

    This charming, angular cafe and bar transports diners from Highland Park to France. Sit on the Euro-style patio and gloat over your bouillabaisse and…

  • Hong Kong Food Market

    New Orleans

    Probably the most pleasant way to experience local Vietnamese culture is by eating its delicious food. The Hong Kong Food Market is a general Asian…

  • Overlook Bar & Grill

    Denali National Park & Preserve

    This restaurant serves locally sourced breakfasts and dinners – think blueberry sourdough pancakes in the morning, and prosciutto-wrapped halibut in the…

  • Stiles Switch

    Austin

    With manageable lines, you won't have to suffer to enjoy outstanding brisket, fired up to tender, smoky perfection, at this popular eatery 6 miles north…

  • Freight House Farmers Market

    Iowa

    Your one-stop year-round source for organic goods, local craft beers and deli sandwiches in an old rail freight house on the waterfront. The two-story…

  • KoJa Kitchen

    Berkeley

    From food truck to a brick-and-mortar shop, this Korean-Japanese fusion eatery makes addictive short-rib and braised-pork sandwiches out of garlicky fried…

  • Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

    Richmond

    A popular venue for local functions, the Boathouse serves a predominantly seafood menu in a fabulous setting overlooking the James River. The breezy deck…

  • Foolish Craig’s

    Boulder

    A longtime, much-loved breakfast joint famous for its build-your-own omelets and crepes. The more upscale dinner menu is worth trying, with options such…

  • Stone Soup

    Burlington

    Going strong for over two decades, this enduring local favorite is best known for its excellent vegetarian- and vegan-friendly buffet, but also serves…

  • Camino

    Milwaukee

    House sausages, wings, some of the city's best burgers and something like 20 different craft beers on tap each day. Be sure to reserve in advance for…

  • Pita Place

    Fairbanks

    A humble food stand with a couple of pews indoors, picnic tables outside and delicious (and unexpected) Middle Eastern cuisine. The pitas are filled with…

  • Burger Lounge

    San Diego

    This swingin’ local chain serves chic comfort food. There’s just a simple menu, but what they do with it! Plump burgers (grass-fed beef, free-range turkey…

  • DJ's Pizza and Bakeshop

    Hawaiʻi the Big Island

    The pizza is only above-average, however, the gluten-free crust and vegan meatball sandwich are a welcome find in the area. Come here to satisfy your…

  • Mrs. Robino's

    Delaware

    It feels like mama's house at Mrs. Robino's, where warm service, hearty Italian fare and happy families are highlights. Open since 1940, the restaurant is…

  • Magnolia Cafe South

    Austin

    This outpost of the original Westlake cafe attracts a mix of artists, surfers and bleary-eyed club-hoppers hankering for its hearty Tex Mex dishes. And…

  • Gelateria 4D

    South Beach

    It’s hot. You’ve been walking all day. You need ice cream, stat. Why hello, 4D! This is an excellent spot for creamy, pillowy waves of European-style…

  • Pine Tavern

    Bend

    Long-running, popular and traditional family-friendly restaurant near the river. Everyone should find something to like here, from the great half-pound…

  • The Corral

    Montana

    This old-style malt-and-greasy-burger stand has been proudly clogging arteries since 1960. It’s neither gourmet nor all that cheap, but really, where else…

  • Panamint Springs Resort

    Death Valley National Park

    It may look funky but this outback cafe serves some of the best Angus burgers, crispy salads and pizza (in three sizes) in Death Valley. Toast the…

  • Harper & Madison

    Montana

    With a hefty dose of Martha Stewart, this sweet cafe does some brisk business. It's no wonder with the excellent coffee, homemade quiches and gourmet…

  • Kyllo's

    Northern Oregon Coast

    One of Lincoln City's few restaurants with an ocean view, popular Kyllo's offers good clam chowder, seafood, salads, pastas, burgers and steaks. Some…

  • Ascension

    Dallas

    Upscale and hip with the kind of casual sophistication you might expect in a Design District spot. Equally popular for morning meetings and its obsessive…

  • Caffe Abbracci

    Miami

    Perfect moments in Coral Gables come easy. Here’s a simple formula: you, a loved one, a muggy Miami evening, some delicious pasta and a glass of red at a…

  • Tavern

    Oklahoma

    This beautiful pub is a top choice in the Brady Arts District and serves excellent fare. The hamburgers are elaborate or you can opt for steaks, salads or…

  • Carnegie’s

    Redding & Around

    This hip and homey, split-level cafe serves up healthy food: big fresh salads, garlicky prawns and pasta, and homemade tomato soup. There’s a good…

  • Burrowing Owl

    Colorado Springs

    This cozy neighborhood joint bills itself as social, sustainable and vegan, and it's more like a hangout than a restaurant, where people come to sit, sip…

  • Waterfront Café Oyster Bar

    North Coast & Redwoods

    Housed in one of Eureka's Old Town Victorian buildings across from the bay; this is a local favorite for enjoying baskets of steamed clams, fish and chips…

  • Silver City Mountain Resort Restaurant

    Sequoia National Park

    This little country store serves simple fare – usually one or two choices like salmon or pasta – on wooden picnic tables. Try the dreamy thick slabs of…

  • Julia's Empanadas

    Washington, DC

    A frequent winner in DC's 'best late-night eats' polls, Julia's stuffs its dough bombs with chorizo, Jamaican beef curry, spinach and more. Flavors peak…

  • Cream

    Berkeley

    With a line out the door, this corner shop smooshes together ice-cream sandwiches (or tacos!) with creative flavors (salted caramel, churro etc) and…

  • Mo's Restaurant

    Northern Oregon Coast

    One of a chain of coastal seafood restaurants, this particular Mo's has a view of the coast to die for – plus the chowder is reliably good. It's a laid…

  • Abbot’s Pizza Company

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    Join the flip-flop crowd at this shoebox-sized pizza kitchen for habit-forming bagel-crust pies tastily decorated with tequila-lime chicken, portobello…

  • Bread Hive

    Buffalo

    Bread Hive is both a funky cafe with delicious sandwiches named after female pop stars and a worker-owned baker cooperative. All of the bread is made on…

  • Mitchell's Ice Cream

    Cleveland

    Mitchell's revamped an old movie theater into an ice-cream-making facility. Watch through big glass windows as staff blend the rich flavors. The goods are…

  • Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse

    Anchorage

    A beloved Anchorage beer place, with almost 60 beers on tap. It also has ale-battered halibut, gourmet pizzas, outdoor tables and live music most nights…

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