Make a pit stop at R.P.'s to pick up an energizing smoothie, salad or sandwich before hiking the Grand Canyon. Stop along the way for an impromptu picnic, which Rachael terms easy on the budget (and it comes with a spectacular view). R.P.'s also has art and gifts to remember your trip by.
Little Rooster Cafe takes the farm motif to another level: they've even got seats painted to look like birds' nests. Rachael loves this spot for their savory omelets and other breakfast foods.
The Big Wrap is a favorite among Aspen's local working crowd. Named one of the area's top affordable lunch spots, The Big Wrap has a monster menu for all tastes, with wraps, salads, tacos, smoothies and zesty citrus corn chips. Seating is limited, so enjoy it alfresco or call for midday delivery.
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.
Reigning as one of central Maui's most popular Asian restaurants, A Saigon Cafe serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Some are even grown in the garden of Jennifer, the owner. Try building your own Vietnamese-Style Burrito, the house specialty.
Milwaukee's German influence can really be seen in its food. A visit to Mader's family-owned restaurant is like a visit to historic Bavaria. Since 1902, generations of the Mader family have dished up popular specialties like its famous Pork Shank and housemade Sauerkraut in this traditional setting.
On Food Network's $40 a Day, Rachael Ray explores the flavors in the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame at Blue Mingo Grill, serving a delicious selection of sandwiches, in Cooperstown, NY.
With a large selection of beer from both big-name brands and microbrewers, Grendel's Den is a great place to grab a beer. This ''cozy basement bar and restaurant'' serves the Cambridge community fresh food from original recipes at a bargain. Rachael loved drinking like a local at this popular pub.
This Belgian brewery offers tours, tastings and a family-friendly cultural center. Rachael loves the ginger-and-coriander-spiced Hennepin pale ale, which, in addition to five other popular year-round brews, can be paired with dishes such as chocolate fondue and savory crepes at the brewery's cafe.
Named for Hawaii's most famous citizen and the "father of surfing," Duke's offers a variety of island favorites using lush local ingredients and seafood. Enjoy a meal in the dining room or head to the Barefoot Bar, where Rachael enjoyed a tropical drink, the Lava Flow, on Waikiki beach at sunset.
Every November, Becky's Diner pairs Thanksgiving dinner with the local catch of the day, going "outside of the box and not stuffing turkeys," but lobsters instead. Not visiting for the holiday? Any day of the year, the seaside spot offers family favorites like lobster rolls and fried clams.
Rachael's trip to Martha's Vineyard had her sampling from the local vineyard and then dining at The Seafood Shanty where they "got it all," from shanty-style mussels to peel-and-eat shrimp. But Rachael had to try the Lobster Quesadilla made with Jack and cheddar cheeses and a mango and papaya salsa.
Rachael Ray grabs a cup of fresh roasted coffee and gourmet pastries from Kaffe 101 Inc, in Coos Bay, OR on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Head to this New York dessert spot for indulgent treats like a frozen hot chocolate that Rachael says is worth the wait for a table. Want to really go all-out? Order the $1,000 Golden Opulence sundae (which requires 48-hour notice). It features Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Amedei Porcelana and Chuao chocolate, candied fruit from France, caviar injected with Armagnac, and as much edible gold as possible.
This old-fashioned candy shop has been serving up 29 flavors of popcorn, including Cheddar Ranch, Cookies & Dream, and Jalapeno, for 15 years. If you can't visit their Chicago-area store, order your favorite flavor online. Rachael recommends Macadamia Magic, which she calls "buttery and delicious."