Must-see restaurants in The USA

  • Dish Dive

    Atlanta

    Located in a teeny house near some railroad tracks, Dish Dive is cooler than you and it doesn't care. Anyone is welcome here, and the food – fresh,…

  • Kaiyo

    The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

    For a deliciously deep dive into the cuisine of the Japanese-Peruvian diaspora, head to Cow Hollow's most playful and inventive new restaurant, where the…

  • Geste Shrimp Truck

    Kahului

    Beside Kahului Harbor, this small white food truck, emblazoned with a giant shrimp, serves the tastiest shrimp on Maui – maybe even the world! A dozen…

  • Cattleman's Steakhouse

    El Paso

    This working cattle ranch is 35 miles southeast of downtown – follow signs 4.7 miles northeast from I-10 exit 49 – but locals would probably drive 200…

  • Nuka

    North Shore & Upcountry

    One of Maui’s best dining options marries a traditional Japanese restaurant with an elegant-casual dining room. Order classics such as sushi and tempura,…

  • Ludvig's Bistro

    Sitka

    Sophistication in the wilderness! Sitka’s boldest restaurant has only seven tables, and a few stools at its brass-and-blue-tile bar. Described as ‘rustic…

  • Catbird Seat

    Nashville

    For the 22 lucky diners perched around an open kitchen, chefs Will Aghajanian and Liz Johnson choreograph an unforgettable 10- to 12-course dining…

  • Tin Roof

    Kahului

    This creation by celebrity chef Sheldon Simeon proves that a restaurant can be successful no matter the venue – in this case a tin-roofed outlet next to…

  • Haliʻimaile General Store

    North Shore & Upcountry

    The culinary sorceress behind this destination dining spot is chef Bev Gannon, one of the forces behind the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement. In-the-know…

  • Gunshow

    Atlanta

    Celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie's innovative and unorthodox Gunshow is an explosively good night out. Guests choose between a dozen or so smallish dishes,…

  • Acquerello

    San Francisco

    A converted chapel is a fitting location for feasts that turn Italian culinary purists into true believers in Cal-Italian cuisine. Chef Suzette Gresham's…

  • Hana Farms Grill

    Hana & East Maui

    Behind the Hana Farms stand, this little gem is the local choice for a lunch stop. It serves fresh seafood plates – with lilikoʻi (passion fruit) butter,…

  • Tan Dinh

    New Orleans

    It may look like a bog standard strip-mall Vietnamese joint when you walk in, but we'd happily contend that Tan Dinh is one of the best restaurants in…

  • Monkeypod Kitchen

    Kihei & South Maui

    Happy hours are crowded but convivial at this ever-popular venture from chef Peter Merriman, where the staff, your fellow drinkers and the 36 craft beers…

  • Noosh

    Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

    Follow the spice route into the future with Istanbul-inspired, San Francisco-invented sensations: satiny lamb belly with smoked yoghurt, nutty confit…

  • Acorn

    Denver

    The oak-fired oven and grill are the shining stars of this superb restaurant, where small plates of innovative and shareable eats make up meals. The menu…

  • Arsicault Bakery

    San Francisco

    Armando Lacayo left his job in finance because he, like his Parisian grandparents before him, was obsessed with making croissants. After perfecting his…

  • Peche Seafood Grill

    New Orleans

    Coastal seafood dishes are prepared simply here, but unexpected flourishes – whether from salt, spices or magic – sear the deliciousness onto your taste…

  • Locanda Verde

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Curbside at the Greenwich Hotel is this Italian fine diner by Andrew Carmellini, where velvet curtains part onto a scene of loosened button-downs, black…

  • Shaka Pops

    Hana & East Maui

    A friendly shaka wave greets travelers passing this happy mobile tricycle, where frozen treats-on-a-stick come in fresh, tropical flavors from Lilikoʻi…

  • In Situ

    Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

    The landmark gallery of modern cuisine attached to SFMOMA also showcases avant-garde masterpieces – but these ones you'll lick clean. Chef Corey Lee…

  • Frances

    San Francisco

    Rebel chef-owner Melissa Perello earned a Michelin star for fine dining, then ditched downtown to start this market-inspired neighborhood bistro. Daily…

  • Out of the Fire

    Eastern Shore

    For all that this spot puts forward in playful attitude, it's serious about several things, most prominently sourcing sustainable ingredients and turning…

  • 626 on Rood

    Southwest Colorado

    Elegant and inventive, this is contemporary American at its best, like whole plates of stunning heirloom tomatoes in season, house-made mozzarella and…

  • Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

    Naples

    This experimental, high-end establishment takes its name from the Farsi phrase for 'yum, yum,' and that turns out to be a serious understatement. Wash…

  • Balter Beerworks

    Knoxville

    From the communal tables on the patio to the standing-room-only bar to the buzzing dining room, this convivial joint – a former gas station – exudes a…

  • Sasa

    Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

    Like an unexpected first-class upgrade, Sasa delights with exceptional attention to detail. Here katsu is made with kurobuta pork, silken organic…

  • Pieous

    Hill Country

    Holy moly, this wood-fired pizza joint, in a strip mall 7 miles east of Dripping Springs – almost in Austin – serves good pie. Its motto, 'food is our…

  • Thames St Oyster House

    Baltimore

    A Fells Point icon, this vintage dining and drinking hall serves some of Baltimore's best seafood. Dine in the polished upstairs dining room with…

  • 1760

    San Francisco

    Every night is a culinary throw-down at 1760: chef Carl Foronda must find the right techniques and culinary inspirations to highlight today's star…

  • Clancy's

    New Orleans

    This white-tablecloth neighborhood restaurant embraces style, the good life and Creole cuisine with a chattering joie de vivre and top-notch service. The…

  • Denver Central Market

    Denver

    Set in a repurposed warehouse, this gourmet marketplace wows with its style and breadth of options. Eat a bowl of handmade pasta or an artisanal sandwich;…

  • Restaurant at Meadowood

    Napa Valley

    If you couldn’t score reservations at French Laundry, fear not: Meadowood – the valley’s only other three-Michelin-star restaurant – has a slightly more…

  • Benu

    Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

    SF has pioneered Asian fusion cuisine for 150 years, but the pan-Pacific innovation chef-owner Corey Lee brings to the plate is gasp-inducing: foie-gras…

  • Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop

    West Maui

    Wear your stretchy pants to Leoda’s. Diet-busters at this simple-but-stylish restaurant include savory pot pies, topping-laden burgers and rich sandwiches…

  • Rioja

    Denver

    This is one of Denver’s most innovative restaurants. Smart, busy and upscale, yet relaxed and casual – just like Colorado – Rioja features modern cuisine…

  • Californios

    The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

    Parades – from Carnaval to Día de los Muertos – are a Mission specialty, and the parade of Latin-inspired flavors nightly at Californios does justice to…

  • Cured

    San Antonio

    Mighty slabs of meat hang smack-dab in the center of the dining room at this Pearl District crowd-pleaser, where charcuterie platters ($20 to $36) are…

  • Golden Boy

    North Beach & Chinatown

    'If you don't see it don't ask 4 it' reads the menu – Golden Boy has kept punks in line since 1978, serving Genovese focaccia-crust pizza that's chewy,…

  • Finch

    New York City

    This quiet, residential brownstone block seems an unlikely setting for a Michelin-starred restaurant, but the Finch is the real deal, serving modern…

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