There is so much food at Quincy Market that ''you could spend all day in here and just eat from one end to the other.'' Rachael decided on a strawberry smoothie made with fresh fruit and yogurt from the Monkey Bar. With so much variety, ''the hard part is trying to make a choice.''
Rachael Ray heads to Bush Garden Japanese Restaurant, in Portland, OR, to sample the authentic Japanese-style sushi and kicks it in the karaoke lounge, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Rachael Ray makes it to the old mining town of Telluride, CO for coffee and breakfast and lunch service at the Crunchy Porcupine, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Rachael Ray hits a home run at Danny's Main Street Market, a down-to-earth supermarket in Cooperstown, NY, serving picnic perfect sandwiches and snacks on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Visitors can't leave Philadelphia without trying a world-famous cheese steak, and Jim's is among the contenders for serving the best in south Philly. Using their original recipe for fresh baked bread and quality beef sliced on the premises, Rachael called her very first cheese steak "delicious."
Serving up traditional Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, La Cocina de Luz is loved by Telluride locals. Rachael says the southwestern specialties, like Chilaquiles or Huevos Rancheros made from scratch using locally grown ingredients, are "a great way to start the day."
The Apple Barn is filled with homemade goodies, Vermont products, cheeses and the largest selection of Maple syrup in the area. Be sure to try their Apple Pie a la Mode, a favorite of Rachael Ray.
Stop by Coyote Cafe for an upscale dinner or head outside to its sister restaurant, the Coyote Rooftop Cantina, for what Rachael calls "real Southwestern cuisine." Enjoy the warm Santa Fe, N.M., weather with tacos, enchiladas or a signature cocktail in the cantina's patio bar and dining area.
The name comes from its location behind the famous Chicago Theatre. As an extension of the Illinois Institute of Art’s Culinary Arts department, the Backstage Bistro serves lunch prepared by chefs-in-training. As you dine, watch the students in action through floor-to-ceiling kitchen windows.
Some of the world's best cheese - according to their London World Cheese Award - is churning out of Rogue Creamery. Tasting the Rogue River blue cheese is a must! The Oregonzola, Blue Heaven and a rotating cast of cheddars can also be seen in production, sampled, and shipped at their factory store.
Mama Dip's Kitchen is a favorite of many locals in Chapel Hill, N.C., thanks to traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken and Brunswick stew. When Rachael visited on $40 a Day, she thought the combination of Catfish Gumbo with Homemade Cornbread was ''just perfect.''
Rachael Ray enjoys listening to live music in New Orleans, LA at the Jazz Parlor at Storyville, and upscale music hall playing jazz, blues, R&B, swing and rock, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
As Rachael says on $40 a Day, Early Girl Eatery "serves up Southern fare with a gourmet flair." Her trip to North Carolina wasn't complete without Early Girl's locally sourced dishes including the Sauteed Local Mountain Trout topped with pecan butter. Take note -- vegans love the tofu scramble here.
When Rachael went on vacation in Ashevile, N.C., on $40 a Day, she stayed at the inn located on the massive Biltmore Estate. Originally built by George Vanderbilt over a century ago, this gorgeous property is now home to a winery producing award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
The warm, inviting atmosphere at Julia Blackbird's attracts diners from all over Denver. Owner Julie Siegfried's Native American, Mexican and Spanish cuisine also includes vegetarian-friendly menu options. If you're looking to "start your day with a kick," Rachael recommends trying their breakfast.