Even the fishermen of Monterey visit Cafe Fina for the freshest catch in town. Known for sand dab - a locally caught fish that's breaded in cracker meal and lightly fried - Fina's specialties of the sea, pastas and grilled meats are rivaled only by the serene tableside view of the harbor.
Since 1957, The Continental Club been one of Houston's best bars for live music, or as they say, they're "the granddaddy of all music venues." When Rachael visited, she got her money's worth with a stellar Mexican Martini, no cover and fantastic music. So as Rachael says, "Is that a deal, or what?"
The site of Rapid City's first fire department and the first brewery in South Dakota, the Firehouse Brewing Company specializes in craft beers. Watch the brewing in action, then try the Gorgonzola Ale Soup or Firehouse Favorite Gumbo, which Rachael calls "extra spicy and so good."
Housed in a charming Charleston building from the 1800's that operated as a barbershop for many years before becoming a restaurant, Hominy Grill is known for its unique take on down-home Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits.
Located a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the Round Robin Bar has been serving DC socialites (and our Bobby) its refreshing mint julep since the days of Abraham Lincoln. Want another history lesson? Order from their extensive Scotch menu honoring the traditionally divided six regions of Scotland.
A family-owned bakery, Freed's has been satisfying Las Vegas sweet tooths for more than 50 years. Located three miles east of the strip, the award-winning spot excels in irresistible treats, including cupcakes, cookies, pastries and Rachael's favorite: cakes that can be ordered by the slice.
Tucson's Mexican fare is as plentiful as it is authentic. Cafe Poca Cosa, or "little thing" in Spanish, is a festive restaurant with an award-winning menu and the ambiance of Mexico. The restaurant's modern, genuine dishes are best showcased in the Chef's Choice Plate, which includes three entrees.
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.
Giada De Laurentiis hits our nation's capital for Zola, serving exciting new American cuisine in Washington DC, on Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways.
Adam Gertler, of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, recommends Jacques Imo's Cafe for real, authentic Creole cuisine in New Orleans, LA.
Rachael Ray drops by Willie Nelson's favorite spot In Maui, Charley's, serving fresh fish and Maui-grown beef burgers in an energetic environment, in Paia, HI on Food Network's $40 a Day.
To locals, you can rely on Water Street Seafood Co. for fresh seafood, with the daily fish specials and waterside location to prove it. Many dishes draw on the rich, comforting flavors of nearby Mexico and Louisiana. After sifting through the huge menu, Rachael went for the Seafood Pasta Jambalaya.
If the decor doesn't evoke memories of yesteryear, maybe the signature Icebox Cake with whipped cream and chocolate wafer cookies will. Or, like Bobby on Boy Meets Grill, snag a vanilla cupcake after buying a pecan pie. Who could blame you? Billy's has become one of New York's sweetest sensations.
When Bobby heard about A Salt & Battery's award-winning fish and chips, he immediately called for a throwdown. But chef Mat Arnfield had his British roots to guide him. Today they're using a sustainable Pollock with their classic light batter. Ultimately, these chips were the best catch of the day.