There's nothing to fear at The Haunted Hamburger in Jerome, Ariz. — Rachael called it ''comfort food to the max'' on $40 a Day. The menu includes a huge variety of American favorites like hot dogs, barbecue ribs and cheese steaks; a favorite among regulars is the twice-baked potato.
Hiking the mountains of Jackson Hole takes fuel, so the Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant has developed a clever OSM blend - oats, sunflower seeds and millet - that power-packs a fresh assortment of baked and griddled sweets. Dine (and save) like Rachael with a kick-start from the crispy O.S.M. waffle.
"Rachael Ray enjoys Caribbean cuisine at Blue Heaven, the restaurant that inspired Jimmy Buffett to write the song 'Blue Heaven Rendezvous,"" on Food Network's $40 a Day. "
Old Town Mexican Cafe is known for using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to make "mouthwatering traditional Mexican dishes." Slow cooking keeps the pork tender; legendary margaritas keep the bar scene vibrant. Thrilled with her carnitas and mango margarita, Rachael raved, "That's killer!"
Serving craft beers to Seattle locals for over 25 years, the Redhook Brewery offers a variety of light and dark brews to please any beer drinker's palate. Rachael recommends taking a tour of the brewery, which costs $1 and includes up to five samples of beer at the end.
Kelly's Roast Beef claims responsibility for the original roast beef sandwich. Other popular items at this local seaside favorite include fried clams, fish and chips, and lobster rolls. Once Rachael tasted the clam roll, she agreed it is ''a real contender'' for the very best clams in New England.
When Rachael visited Miami for $40 a Day, she had to order the signature Cubano sandwich at Gloria and Emilio Estefan's restaurant, Larios (she promised Gloria she would). The menu's filled with authentic Cuban favorites like Masitas de Puerco, and the fresh ceviche has a rhythm all its own.
For more than 40 years, Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery and Café has been the go-to place for delicious pastries and down-home comfort food in Hilton Head, S.C. When Rachael visited on $40 a Day, she was blown away by Signe Gardo's signature Blackberry French Toast, calling it ''amazing.''
Located in Telluride, Colorado, the classic 1950s-style diner cum ice cream shop is loved by tourists and locals alike. Try a scoop of Banana Cream Pie ice cream, which Rachael calls "sweet but not too sweet," or order from the diner menu for burgers, sandwiches or freshly made salads.
Rachael Ray visits Fjord's Ice Cream Factory in Rapid City, SD, home to Mount Rushmore, where they dish out dessert and unusual ice cream flavors, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Rachael called Bamboo Restaurant "a relaxed, inviting spot," with its gift shop, nightly entertainment and selections of fresh meat, seafood and Asian specialties. Check out the lineup of small plates, or "pupus." Rachael was all about the Bamboo specialty, Chicken Satay Potstickers.
Housed in a revamped 1950s' ice cream stand, this charming roadside spot now turns out "flawlessly fried seafood," Rhode Island-style clam chowder and lobster rolls. Rachael tried the hand-battered crispy cod with house-made tartar sauce and asked, "What could be more perfect?"
After hitting the slopes in Sun Valley, Idaho, head to this 1936 Rocky Mountain hideaway named after Newport heiress Marjorie Oelrichs Duchin (late mother of bandleader Peter Duchin). Listen to live music as you sip a seasonal cocktail like Hot Buttered Rum, which Rachael terms "so spicy and good."