Nothing can compare to the dining experience found at Chef Thomas Keller's French Laundry, bar none. According to Cat Cora, the Oyster and Pearls at the Napa Valley bistro are to die for. Not only are the oysters topped with osetra caviar a work of art, they are like a "couple bites of heaven."
With griddles built into the tables and an eclectic selection of toppings, fixings and batters, this brunch spot lets you get as creative as you want with the make-your-own pancakes. Prefer to leave the cooking to someone else? Order one of the scratch-made dishes featuring local ingredients.
This hole-in-the-wall joint draws the crowds with its delectable deep-dish pizza made by owner Burt Katz, whose signature touches (like a caramelized crust) have earned him legions of fans in the past 40-plus years. With only 30 seats in the house, reservations are highly recommended.
This inventive gastropub in Minnesota combines science and theater for a fantastical foodie experience. Enjoy the 10-course tasting menu — which features meat and fish served on a hook, dry ice pop rocks and homemade pastas — while bopping along to the house music blaring in the background.
Head here to savor New American cuisine from high atop the cliffs of Big Sur. Sierra Mar’s focus is on innovative dishes that incorporate local ingredients. A standout is the roasted rack of lamb served with mushrooms, barley risotto and Japanese pumpkin plucked straight from the garden outside.
Antoine’s has been creating the perfect Original French Quarter Meal since 1840, making it America’s longest running family-owned restaurant. Feeling decadent? Try the Huitres Rockefeller: succulent oysters served with a special sauce whose recipe has been kept secret for more than 100 years.
This family-owned BYOB seafood shack serves some of the freshest catch around. Diners come for the large lobsters steamed over saltwater and the classic lobster rolls, but also for the friendly service and the ocean view. The homemade pies, which range from rhubarb to raspberry, are also a draw.
Only open on Saturdays, this small backyard BBQ offers a simple menu of purely delectable eats, including brisket, chicken and ribs. Resident pitmaster Tootsie has perfected the art during the past 40-plus years. The result? Mouthwatering meat that falls right off the bone.
Rao’s classic Italian-American cuisine is legendary. The tangy lemon chicken and the tender meatballs made of beef, pork and veal taste like they came straight from Grandma’s kitchen. Another must-try is the Beef Lasagna featuring ricotta, pecorino, mozzarella and a sausage-studded Bolognese sauce.