In San Francisco's famous Chinatown, locals crave dim sum from Oriental Pearl, where low prices and authentic flavors stack up to great value. Loaded carts circle the dining room delivering plates of vegetable egg rolls, pot stickers and the house specialty chicken "meatball" wrapped in egg white.
Known best for their signature "flying" biscuits, this casual Southern spot serves comforting breakfast dishes made from scratch all day long. According to Rachael, the fried green tomatoes with cashew-jalapeno relish "rock" and the fluffy biscuits are "almost too good to eat in public."
Located just off the Las Vegas strip, Bahama Breeze is a tropical-themed oasis that serves up affordable meals in huge portions. Check out the nightly entertainment, creative cocktails and late-night specials. Rachael recommends trying a mojito and the "absolutely fantastic" Seafood Paella.
Savannah Candy Kitchen is candy paradise. Rachael delighted at the sweet smell of pralines in the air, saying it "smells like my nanny's kitchen." Candy maker Becca confirmed: "That's the smell that gets everybody in here." Rachael loved the classic recipe, saying, "Sugar and fat - can't beat that!
It sounds cliche, but a stroll through Mrs. London's Bakery and Cafe feels like a glance at the grandest pastry cases of Paris. This place truly has it all - fresh breads, tarts and mousses galore. It's not always sweet, though. Battle the lunchbox blues with a giant, crispy Croque Monsieur.
Rachael Ray visits the Back Inn Cafe, Chattanooga, TN, serving up global cuisine overlooking the Tennessee River, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
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.
In Park City, UT, Rachael Ray makes her way to Callaway's Morning Ray, the locals favorite breakfast spot and in the Treasure Mountain Inn, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
To call V. Sattui a winery would be filling the glass only halfway. The family-owned business has a tasting room and an Italian market with more than 200 cheeses. Soak up the good life with a few snacks and a bottle of Sattui Family Red on the bucolic 19th century European-inspired picnic grounds.
What began as a diner with a $3.50 pancake, egg and sausage special has become a "fine diner" serving lunch and dinner specials with local produce and an extensive wine and beer menu. Tally's keeps with tradition, so you can still save money like Rachael and order the original Special Breakfast.
The White Wolf Café in Orlando, Fla., is a unique restaurant that doubles as a vintage antique store. While admiring the collectibles on display, customers can treat themselves to a variety of dishes, such as eggs Benedict and the special black bean hummus, which Rachael loved on $40 a Day.
On Food Network's $40 a Day, Rachael Ray goes to Citizen Cake, a restaurant, bar and patisserie from Chef Elizabeth Falkner with a recommendation from the Michelin Guide, in San Francisco, CA.
No matter what you're craving, Pepperclub will satisfy your stomach and your soul. Funky decor and a mellow ambiance go hand-in-hand with an eclectic menu. The kitchen changes things up weekly, so come back often to see what's new - Rachael scored big with a crab, corn and asparagus quesadilla.
Sojourner Restaurant & Cafe is also an art gallery and keeps food prices low to encourage diners to purchase original art. Rachael said she was tantalized by an "amazing selection of whole foods and homemade desserts," declaring the huge piece of cake she ate to be "three layers of chocolate bliss."
Andy's Kitchen is "a friendly place," serving a downhome menu of made-from-scratch meals since 1951. Though it offers all the usual breakfasts, Andy's adds a Tex-Mex twist by using tortillas and ranchero sauce. Do as the loyal regulars do: snag a booth, sip a coffee and relish the reasonable prices.