For award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine, look no farther than Sansei. According to Rachael, "locals consider it the best sushi on the island," whether you like raw or cooked seafood. With killer sushi, karaoke, happy-hour deals and three locations, it's a safe bet your sushi dreams will come true.
For affordable food served 'round the clock and a huge variety of menu options, Rachael recommends the 24 Seven Cafe inside the Palms hotel in Las Vegas. From all-you-can eat pancakes to specialty pizzas, burgers and desserts, you'll find everything you're looking for in a relaxed dining atmosphere.
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."
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.''
As a famed ambassador of Spanish cuisine, Chef Jose Andres's multiple Jaleo restaurants have become a DC institution. With more than 30 "small plate" tapas to consider and as home to Marc Murphy's favorite paella (stated on The Best Thing I Ever Ate), Jaleo gets a hearty "Ole!" from DC locals.
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.
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.
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.