Must-see restaurants in The USA

  • Young Joni

    Minneapolis

    Young Joni fuses two seemingly unrelated types: pizza and Korean food. Here, you can order a wood-fired, crisp-crusted prosciutto, gruyere and ricotta pie…

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    Two Ladies Kitchen

    Hilo

    This hole-in-the-wall is famous statewide for outstanding Japanese mochi (sticky rice cake) in both traditional and island-inspired flavors such as liliko…

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    Phoenicia Diner

    Catskills

    New York hipsters and local families rub shoulders at this elevated roadside diner. The appealing menu offers all-day breakfast, skillets, sandwiches and…

  • El Tovar Dining Room

    Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

    Classic national park dining at its best. Dark-wood tables are set with china and white linen, eye-catching murals spotlight American Indian tribes and…

  • Alinea

    Chicago

    One of the world's best restaurants, the triple-Michelin-starred Alinea purveys multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a…

  • RedFarm

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Experience Chinese cooking as unique, delectable artistry in this small, buzzing space. Diced tuna and eggplant bruschetta, crispy-skin smoked chicken…

  • Waffle House

    Atlanta

    To say Waffle House is an Atlanta institution is an insult to Waffle House – this quintessential greasy-spoon diner is…everything! And while there are a…

  • Oxbow Public Market

    Napa

    Graze at this gourmet market and plug into the Northern California food scene. Standouts: Hog Island Oyster Co; comfort cooking at celeb-chef Todd…

  • Firefly Grill

    Illinois

    This fiercely sustainable, farm-to-fork destination restaurant in Effingham (of all places!) is arguably Illinois' top gastronomic haven outside of…

  • Ample Hills Creamery

    New York City

    Taking its name from Walt Whitman's 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,' Ample Hills makes superb ice cream from organic ingredients. Each Ample Hills outlet has…

  • Tasty n Daughters

    Portland

    After a nine-year run, chef John Gorham, of Toro Bravo fame, took brunch favorite Tasty n Sons, formerly on N Williams, to southeast Portland. The reboot …

  • Mercado La Paloma

    Los Angeles

    If you're near Expo Park or USC, it's totally worth the five-minute walk under the freeway to this fabulous food hall. About a dozen restaurant stalls…

  • Tartine Manufactory

    The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

    What began as a baking powerhouse has evolved into a veritable smorgasbord of delicious, collaborative, artisanal everything, set within an expansive yet…

  • Yoichi's

    Santa Barbara

    Headline: kaiseki (traditional Japanese multicourse dining) comes to Santa Barbara and wows locals. It might have limited hours, take a chunk out of your…

  • Jeffrey's Grocery

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    This West Village classic is a lively eating and drinking spot that hits all the right notes. Seafood is the focus: there's an oyster bar and beautifully…

  • Smiling Elephant

    Nashville

    Arguably Nashville’s best-known and -respected Thai restaurant, the Smiling Elephant is a treasure not to be missed. This homey little joint welcomes…

  • Roberta's

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    This hiply renovated warehouse restaurant in one of Brooklyn's booming food enclaves makes some of the best pizza in NYC. Service is relaxed, but the…

  • June Bug Cafe

    Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada

    Guests of all ages and backgrounds convene at this friendly eatery, decorated with adventure equipment. While sharing hiking stories, folks eat delicious,…

  • Dabney

    Washington, DC

    Chef Jeremiah Langhorne studied historic cookbooks, discovering recipes that used local ingredients and lesser-explored flavors in his quest to…

  • Billy Goat Tavern

    Chicago

    Tribune and Sun Times reporters have guzzled in the subterranean Billy Goat for decades. Order a 'cheezborger' and Schlitz beer, then look around at the…

  • Staplehouse

    Atlanta

    The hottest table in Atlanta and the darling du jour of Southern foodies, Staplehouse dishes up innovative, seasonal New American cuisine. Small to medium…

  • Sister Pie

    Detroit

    Owner Lisa Ludwinski (a 2019 James Beard Award finalist) and her army of female bakers create amazing treats at this corner storefront. The milk chocolate…

  • Foragers Table

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    The owners of this outstanding restaurant run a 28-acre Hudson Valley farm, from which much of the seasonal menu is sourced. It changes frequently, but…

  • Herwig's Austrian Bistro

    Pennsylvania

    Herwigs has trademarked the phrase 'Where Bacon is an Herb' for good reason: your veggie choices here are pretty slim. But if you're channeling your inner…

  • Optimist

    Atlanta

    In a short space, we could never do this Westside sustainable-seafood mecca justice. In a word, astonishing! Start with crispy calamari with salsa matcha…

  • Cúrate

    Asheville

    Owned by hip Ashevillian chef Katie Button and her Catalan husband Félix, this convivial downtown hangout celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors…

  • Manaʻe Goods & Grindz

    Moloka'i

    Even if it wasn't your only option, you'd still want to stop here. The plate lunches are something of a local legend: tender yet crispy chicken katsu …

  • Pel'Meni

    Juneau

    Juneau was never part of Russia's Alaskan empire, but that hasn't stopped the city succumbing to a silent invasion of pelmeni (homemade Russian dumplings)…

  • Hy's Steakhouse

    Waikiki

    Hy's is so old-school that you expect to find inkwells on the tables. This traditional steakhouse has a timeless old leather and wood interior. But…

  • Jacques-Imo’s Café

    New Orleans

    Ask locals for restaurant recommendations in New Orleans, and almost everybody mentions Jacques-Imo's. We understand why: cornbread muffins swimming in…

  • Robert Is Here

    Everglades National Park

    More than a farmers' stand, Robert’s is an institution. This is Old Florida at its kitschy best, in love with the Glades and the agriculture that…

  • Rosmarino Osteria Italiana

    The Willamette Valley & Wine Country

    Originally from outside of Milan, chef Dario Pisoni prepares simple and delicious northern Italian dishes based on recipes inherited from his nonna …

  • Mr Pollo

    The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

    This hole-in-the-wall restaurant contains just six tables and serves one of the most delicious, but least expensive, tasting menus in all of San Francisco…

  • Commander's Palace

    New Orleans

    Commander’s Palace is a dapper host who wows with white-linen dining rooms, decadent dishes and attentive Southern hospitality. The nouveau Creole menu…

  • Gjelina

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    If one restaurant defines the new Venice, it's this. Carve out a spot on the communal table between the hipsters and yuppies, or get your own slab of wood…

  • Chez Panisse

    Berkeley

    Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, inventor of California cuisine. Panisse is located in a lovely arts-and-crafts house in…

  • Zenkichi

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Created by a homesick Tokyo chef, this hushed restaurant promises peace and pleasure in equal proportions. Sink into one of the secluded booths, order the…

  • Mosca's

    Louisiana

    There's old school, and then there's Mosca's. This Italian joint looks like it's about to collapse into the mud, but it soldiers on, serving to-die-for…

  • Seaworthy

    New Orleans

    Many new restaurants in New Orleans have not lived up to the city's intimidating culinary legacy. Seaworthy is not such a place. They serve, simply,…

  • Primo

    Midcoast Maine

    In a sprawling Victorian house a mile from downtown sits Primo, widely considered to be one of Maine's best restaurants. Awarded chef Melissa Kelly has…

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