Get your groove on with live music, great drinks and a spin on the dance floor at Legend's Corner, one of Nashville's favorite country bars. Check out the music-themed memorabilia on the walls and order up, as Rachael did, a Honky Tonk Lemonade, which locals call "the best drink in town."
When Rachael visited Asheville, N.C., on $40 a Day, she couldn’t wait to check out the French Broad Food Co-op Tailgate Market, a weekly highlight that has been around for more than a decade. Over 20 local producers sell their specialties here, including homemade desserts like pumpkin pie.
Higgins celebrates Portland, Ore.'s, farming heritage and locally grown produce, meat and seafood with a seasonal menu and a dedication to sustainable farmers in the area. Their imaginative dishes are reasonably priced, and Rachael calls dining at the restaurant "a wonderful experience."
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."
For a great go-to restaurant that's "one of the coolest places in the Theater District," according to Rachael, head to Thalia in New York City for brunch, lunch or a late-night dinner. Rachael recommends the brunch frittata, complete with a complimentary beverage and a basket of homemade bread.
Adorned with thrift shop finds from the Salvation Army next door, Salvation Cafe is the place to be for an eclectic meal and drinks, all for the right price. The quirky menu ranges from Indian and Asian to Mexican and Spanish cuisines, and favorites include the Chocolate Banana Purses and Pad Thai.
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.
As Rachael says, Putnam Market is a "food-lover's paradise of inventive sandwiches, tasty salads and fruity smoothies." This shop does all of its cooking and baking in-house, with daily specials like the Putnam sandwich - smoked turkey, brie and honey mustard - ready to grab and go or sit and eat.
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.
Rachael Ray gears up for island-style grilling at Cafe Josie, in Austin, TX, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Rachael Ray dines at F. Scott's, in Nashville, TN, for a late-supper of contemporary American cuisine and live Jazz bar, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
The Huevos Barbacoa dish at Cafe Pasqual does the impossible for Chris Santos -- it makes him love eggs. Not typically an egg fan, Santos found the spicy, smoky dish made with succulent beef cheeks and sunny-side egg as nothing short of remarkable for this beloved Santa Fe restaurant.
On Food Network's $40 a Day, Rachael Ray orders locally grown oysters and seafood fresh from the ocean at the Oyster Cove Grille & Bar, in Charleston, OR.
The Big Kitchen made Rachael a believer in tofu with its flavorful Tofu Rancheros. Nurturing owner Judy Foreman believes in giving diners great food at a great value, vowing, "If I'm taking their money, I'm stuffing them" — a promise she delivers on every piled-high plate.