A nod to the soda fountains that brought neighborhoods together, Brooklyn Farmacy sparkles with vintage authenticity. Brother-sister owners stayed true to the space by keeping the original apothecary from the 1920s intact. Serving classics like the New York egg cream, with their own spins on milkshakes, floats and sundaes, these soda "jerks" are bringing neighborhoods back together one sweet tooth at a time.
This inventive gastropub in Minnesota has earned the "Amusements" in its name for combining science and theater into a "fantastical foodie experience." The three chef owners are taking their fine-dining backgrounds and making fine dining accessible to the masses in the most-creative and -interactive way.
As one of the originators of the deep-dish pizza, Burt Katz and his wife, Sharon, run this hole in the wall just outside of Chicago. With only 30 seats in the house, and one of the best deep-dish pizzas in Chicago, the only way to get people their pizza in time is a reservation/call-ahead ordering system. If you want your pizza, make sure to follow the directions, as it's not uncommon to be turned away at the door.
Portland, Ore., is known for its brunch, and at Slappy Cakes, the husband-and-wife team has turned brunch into an interactive event. With griddles built into the tables and a massive list of toppings, fixin's and homemade batters to choose from, anyone can make their cakes and eat them too!
French Restaurant in Yountville, CA, United States
Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is truly the ultimate white tablecloth experience, where fine dining meets food that has been noted as absolute perfection. It is one of the top restaurants not only in the country but in the world. This is an epic meal balancing French finesse with American wit, served with elegance by one of the country’s most-calibrated service staffs. It's no wonder it takes two months to get a reservation, but it's certainly worth the wait!
New American Restaurant in Big Sur, CA, United States
You’ll literally feel like you’re dining in the clouds at Sierra Mar restaurant in Big Sur, Calif., located at the luxurious and exclusive Post Ranch Inn. High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, you’ll enjoy the view, as well as the local, seasonal and whimsical cuisine.
Open only on Saturdays, this small backyard BBQ joint has been voted the best BBQ in Texas and one of the best in the U.S. With a 79-year-old pitmaster named Tootsie smoking ribs, brisket, chicken and sausage her way for more than 40 years, it's guaranteed every bite will be fall-off-the-bone perfect.
Cajun / Creole Restaurant in New Orleans, LA, United States
Where food and history are on display with impeccable Old World service, Antoine's is a must-visit in New Orleans for the Original French Quarter Meal. With 14 dining rooms and part museum, it's no wonder Antoine's has been in business for 175 years — as America’s longest-running family-owned restaurant.
Seafood Restaurant in South Thomaston, ME, United States
Waterman’s is a long-running family-owned and -operated BYOB seafood shack known for its fresh large lobsters, steamers and classic lobster rolls. It's serene ocean view and friendly quality service also draw customers. It's the quintessential Maine experience that offers the freshest catch around, right from the bay in their backyard.
Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV, United States
The family-owned Rao’s Italian eatery in New York City since 1896 is still the toughest reservation to get in the country. It's reliable Italian-American cuisine tailor-made for each guest, so everyone who walks in the door feels like an Italian grandmother is in the kitchen making them dinner. Most will never get a chance to visit the flagship location, so the Rao’s family wanted to bring their fantastic cuisine to the masses — hence the Las Vegas location and the Hollywood location were born!