Go Back in Time at These 23 Insanely Old American Restaurants

Go Back in Time at These 23 Insanely Old American Restaurants

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From the dressy Commander's Palace in New Orleans to the ultra-casual Schaller's Pump in Chicago, here are 23 classics well over 100 years old.

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    This hotel has been a fixture of Boston hospitality, and it's celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. Its restaurant is known as the progenitor of such Boston classics as Boston cream pie and parker house rolls, and, as Eater Boston puts it: "It's hard to have a list like this and not mention the Omni Parker House." Opened: 1855. [Photo]
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    For more than 150 years, Café du Monde has been the gold standard for two of New Orleans' signature dishes: beignets and coffee and chicory served au lait. Eater NOLA calls the cafe "a true New Orleans classic." Opened: 1862. [Photo]
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    Denver's oldest restaurant is famous for a wide array of meats — including steaks, buffalo, elk, alligator, and the house specialty Rocky Mountain oysters — and has the taxidermy to prove it. Opened: 1893. [Photo]
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    This self-proclaimed oldest restaurant in Detroit serves up a classic Italian red sauce menu. According to Eater Detroit, Rom began "as a boarding house and restaurant for farmers vending at Eastern Market." Opened: 1890. [Photo]
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    Eater Austin describes Scholz Garten as "the center of German culture in Austin … specializ[ing] in the three Bs: beer, brats, and bowling. But mostly beer." Opened: 1866. [Photo]
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    Eater Chicago calls this restaurant and bar "a local legend," and for good reason: For more than 130 years, this continuously operating tavern has been a hub for politicians and baseball fans alike. Opened: 1881. [Photo]
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    The Berghoff is, as Eater Chicago puts it, "a time capsule in a prominent Loop location." The menu leans German with schnitzel and plenty of sausage, plus there's an entire beer brewing operation. Opened: 1898. [Photo]
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    This storied Seattle tavern has stood in the same place for over a century, and with that kind of history ghosts seem inevitable. Lore has it that the tavern is haunted by a girl who died in a fire there. Spooky stuff. Opened: 1890. [Photo]
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    This Brooklyn steakhouse isn't just known for its old age. It's a vital part of the New York City restaurant scene (as evidenced by its place on the Eater NY 38), and its dry-aged porterhouse is the stuff of legend. Opened: 1887. [Photo]
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    Union Oyster House is famous for being the oldest >continuously operating restaurant in the country. Eater Boston notes that the restaurant was a favorite of the Kennedy family; how much more classic do you get? Opened: 1826. [Photo]
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    The oldest continually operating tavern in Philadelphia, McGillin's Olde Ale House wasn't always known by its current name. Eater Philly reports: "The bar's original name was technically the Bell in Hand, though it was always known as McGillin's, after the family that owned and operated it for its first 77 years." Opened: 1860. [Photo]
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    Tadich Grill isn't just San Francisco's oldest restaurant, it's California's. Eater SF has named it a "must try," writing: "White-coated waiters, a menu boasting local classics from hangtown fry to cioppino to sand dabs, and a bumping central bar all add to the pleasure." Opened: 1849. [Photo]
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