Located on Beale Street where Memphis locals come to ''rock around the clock,'' the Rum Boogie Cafe offers delicious food, specialty cocktails and ''some of Memphis' best live blues.'' Rachael sipped her Blueberry Hill cocktail while she ''boogied down'' at the longest-running bar on Beale Street.
Coos Bay's bogs are overflowing with ruby red gems, so Cranberry Sweets & More has packed its popular sugared Pate de Fruit with the tart-sweet punch of local cranberries. Not to be outdone by Oregon wine country, the treats also come in flavors like Merlot and Zinfandel - perfect edible souvenirs.
Close to downtown Portland, Ore., McMenamins is home to a B & B, golf course, winery, several restaurants and the Power Station Pub. The pub serves lunch, dinner and a variety of microbrews made on the premises, including Hammerhead ale, which Rachael calls "sugar, spice and everything nice."
For incredible Seattle waterfront views, Baja-style decor and even kayak rentals, head to Agua Verde for an affordable Mexican lunch or dinner. Try a fish, portobello or yam taco served with organic chips and homemade salsa, and wash it down with a mango margarita that Rachael calls fantastic.
The oldest continuously operating restaurant in Atlanta serves traditional Southern cuisine like fried chicken, local fish and spiced oatmeal cake for lunch and dinner. The restaurant's herbs and produce are grown in an outdoor garden, which is open for diners to stroll through after a hearty meal.
Looking for shopping, entertainment and some tasty food? Rachael recommends Fort Lauderdale, Fla.'s, Swap Shop. With a drive-in theater, circus, outdoor farmers' market and flea market with over 2,000 vendors, this Florida complex has been a must-see for tourists and locals alike since 1963.
Dig into BBQ dishes with a kick at Cowgirl. Spike up the spice factor with the smoking-hot pulled pork sandwich, or indulge in the Five Pepper Nachos with Salsa Diablo (add brisket for extra decadence). The Frito Pie is also a standout, complete with Fritos, chili, sour cream, cheese and jalapenos.
Want an authentic, southwestern meal? Get thee to the Canyon Star Restaurant, which features traditional Western fare, nightly entertainment and Native American dancing just outside the canyon. Rachael recommends the "nice and smoky" barbecued buffalo brisket, which locals get with a discount.
"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. "
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.
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.
A family-run shop in the heart of the Las Olas Riverfront, Argie Grill is the only place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., making homemade Argentinian-style empanadas. Choose from almost 20 varieties with their own unique fold; Rachael recommends the vegetable empanadas with homemade garlic sauce.
This brewery pairs craft beers with classic Cleveland dishes. Indulge in deliciously charred bratwursts steamed in Great Lakes’ own lager. They’re paired with pierogi, whose creamy insides and crunchy outsides make for little pillows of lusciousness. Sweet-and-sour red cabbage completes the dish.
Ski to your supper at this Park City, Utah, restaurant known for its mouthwatering steaks and spectacular mountain views. If you're looking for something a little less expensive than the Rib Eye, try the seafood entrees, chop salad, or Macaroni and Cheese which Rachael dubs "cheesy heaven."