Rachael Ray visits the Back Inn Cafe, Chattanooga, TN, serving up global cuisine overlooking the Tennessee River, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
All aboard! Rachael Ray hops on Dinner in the Diner, in Chattanooga, TN, a renovated train car and ideal spot for a romantic dinner, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
On her trip to Portland, Maine, Rachael found the quintessential state dish at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Co. The sweet lobster rolls are served in "no-frills" fashion with big lobster chunks and a little mayo. But they also serve fish sandwiches, fried clams, burgers and hot dogs.
Bobby Flay heads to Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side of New York for the ultimate American comfort food, on Food Network's Boy Meets Grill.
Known for its high-class ambiance, Dragonfly restaurant, located in Dallas's Hotel ZaZa, serves modern American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you just want to dip your toe in the luxe decor, Rachael recommends ordering something modest like an appetizer or dessert.
Claiming to be America's oldest operating restaurant, Union Oyster serves old-fashioned Boston fare and seafood. Chef Bill Coyne gave Bobby tips on how to make the perfect Clam Chowder with the restaurant's 100-year-old recipe, which includes Ipswich clams, salt pork, potatoes and creamy roux.
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.
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?"
A Santa Fe institution that's been serving up New Mexican cuisine for 40 years, Tomasita's is known for its red and green chile Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking recommend kicking up the heat with an order of Sopaipilla, a Mexican puff pastry stuffed with spicy pork and topped with red chile.
On Manhattan's Upper West Side, find "authentic" Mediterranean dishes and live entertainment every night of the week at this no-cover blues bar. Rachael called the baked vegetarian moussaka "fabulous" and promised "you won’t miss the meat at all."
Calling all Chicken-Fried Steak fans: Your prayers are answered at Threadgill's in Texas. This home-cookin', music-pumpin' joint upgrades the Southern delicacy with quality steak and a beautiful batter that turns golden. Threadgill's also does burgers, meatloaf, fried catfish — you name it.
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.
As a pioneer of the urban barbecue scene, Chef Kenny Callaghan has created the most finger-licking barbecue right in a potato chip. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Susan Feniger raves about his chips, perfectly matched with blue cheese and bacon dip. It's a great start to scrumptious pit barbecue.