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Travel for Food: 7 of the Best Restaurants in America

Let’s face it, America is a nation of food lovers.

Indeed, the average American eats an entire ton of food every year. Literally.

Clearly, we like to eat in this country!

However, as you know already, not all food is equal. There’s an enormous difference between the cheapest happy meal and the most lavish fine dining.

This fact led us to wonder about the best restaurants in America. Where can you go to find the best of the best in terms of flavor, quality, presentation, and dining experience?

We decided to find the answers. Interested in finding out what we discovered?

Keep reading to discover the seven best restaurants in this country.

1. Mama’s Fish House, Hawaii

Foodies can’t (or shouldn’t) go to Hawaii without stopping by at Mama’s fish house.

However, Mama’s food is so good that you’ll need to book far in advance. We’re talking weeks ahead of time. This place is famous for a reason. And with limited seats, you’ll never be able to show up on the night and expect a seat.

Seafood doesn’t get much fresher. It’s caught by local fisherman hours before it’s served on your plate! The flavors and freshness, coupled with its stunning location on a secluded Hawaiian beach, make this an unforgettable dining experience.

Are you looking for more places to buy seafood of the highest quality? Crab Dynasty is a good place to start.

The reviews online vouch for that.

2. Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City

Delicatessens don’t get much busier than Katz’s, in NYC.

It also doesn’t get much more famous. People literally queue up for their chance of being served. Katz’s is less of a restaurant and more of a cafe experience. However, it more than warrants a place on this list!

A trip to NYC is incomplete with one of Katz’s enormous pastrami sandwiches. The meat is second to none. Slow-cured for 30 entire days, the succulence and flavors are unbeatable.

The inside might look familiar. Remember that famous scene from ‘When Harry Met Sally’? The whole “I’ll have what she’s having” one? Guess where that scene took place? Right in Katz’s Delicatessen. You get an epic meal at an epic place.

3. Everest, Chicago

Time to take it up a notch.

Everest takes fine dining in Chicago to a whole new level.

It’s even received a Michelin star for its quality. You know it’s going to be good. Sure, you pay for it financially, but the culinary experience is worth the expense.

There are multiple menus to choose from. The 7-course degustation may be up your street. No meat required? How about the 7-course vegetarian option.

This French-inspired restaurant and menu are sure to satisfy the appetite of any food-lover.

4. Snow’s BBQ, Texas

Vegans and vegetarians look away.

This one’s all about the meat.

And at Snow’s, in Texas, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a veritable delight for any hungry carnivores in the area. In fact, you’ll have to go a little out of your way to enjoy it. Lexington sits 50 miles outside Austin, but it’s worth the effort of getting there.

Snow’s has been running for a while now. Championed by the almighty 80-year-old pitmaster, Tootsie, this place received an award for having the best BBQ in Texas back in 2008. That’s no small thing- this is the land of BBQ!  

Get in there for a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, an incredible host, and even better brisket.

5. Café Du Monde, New Orleans

If you’re after variety, Café Du Monde isn’t for you.

There’s not a lot on the menu other than coffee and beignets…That’s honestly about it.

However, that focus on quality over quantity has paid off over the last 150 years the café has been open. They’ve got both down to an absolute tee.

Never had a beignet? You are in for an absolute treat. These fluffy, French-style doughnuts are dowsed in powdered sugar. They melt in your mouth and will have you coming back for more.

Going to Café Du Monde is an experience in itself. Its reputation precedes it, and people queue up for their chance to enjoy its offerings. Again, this is less of a ‘sit-down’ restaurant experience. But we’d be remiss not to include it on this list.

6. Matt’s in the Market, Seattle

Places don’t get much more touristic than Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

And Matt’s in the Market is right at its center.

However, you wouldn’t know it. Tucked away from the main action, Matt’s somehow manages to escape the hubbub. It’s a veritable oasis up a set of stairs, right in the middle of a metropolis.

Matt’s has the feel of a hidden gem. Book ahead of time to enjoy it. The food here is second to none. The atmosphere is friendly with a touch of luxury. You won’t regret the effort of finding it!

FYI, the best tables are in front of the window. You get a view over the Puget Sound, which makes a stunning backdrop to a beautiful meal.

7. The French Laundry, California

Okay, we can’t write a list of the best restaurants in American and fail to include The French Laundry.

This is one of the best restaurants in the entire world.

As in, it’s got not 1, not 2, but 3 Michelin stars.

You’ll need to don your best frock and save up in advance. But make it to this restaurant and you’ll fall in love with the quality of the food.

Time to Visit the Best Restaurants in America

There you have it: the seven best restaurants in America.

This country is full of food lovers. Every one of us loves to eat.

That’s why there’s nothing better than frequenting the top foodie establishments. Being served top quality food is always a treat. Not all restaurants are equal though.

Hopefully, this post has highlighted a selection of the very best!

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