"Rhumb line" is a nautical term for sailing in a straight line across the globe. Rachael sailed right toward the hidden Newport, R.I., eatery for its affordable Sunday brunch. Housed in a historic building over 200 years old, the restaurant also serves dinner with a mix of entrees from land and sea.
For a hearty meal and delicious breakfast to start the day, head to Guelaguetza, located in Los Angeles. This restaurant is known for its authentic Oaxacan dishes. Rachael ordered tamales with the specialty mole negro--a complex near-black sauce with more than 20 ingredients, including chocolate.
Escape the afternoon with the classic tradition of afternoon tea. The Tuck Box's private patio - situated next to its storybook house building - pours tea and scones of local legend. Go all-out and get the scone toasted, buttered, and served with cream and the house-made olallieberry jam.
Rachael Ray explores Sharon Springs, NY, at The American Hotel, built in 1847 and serving up traditional dishes with fresh, local and regional ingredients, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
A Denver favorite that calls itself "the affordable French restaurant," Le Central offers the tastes of Provence with an always-changing menu incorporating the freshest ingredients around. Try a selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes for what Rachael calls "country cooking at its best."
The menu at Tupelo Honey Café in Asheville, N.C., is full of modern twists on classic Southern favorites – for example, Goat Cheese Grits with Shrimp and Fried Chicken Saltimbocca. The café's claim to fame is sweet potato pancakes, which got Rachael's approval on $40 a Day.
Famous for its less-than-stellar service but outstanding food, Jack's Outback is a staple for breakfast on Cape Cod, Mass. You have to take your own order and wipe down your table, but locals keep coming back for popovers, omelets and French toast that Rachael said is "like dessert for breakfast."
A trip down Pacific Coast Highway would be remiss without a bite of local seafood at Neptune's Net. Frills are not this beachside fish shack's forte, but plates of the freshest catch around are. The restaurant side's grill and fryer has your fish and chips fix, and the seafood side steams to order.
Head to Cafe Mews, a Provincetown, Mass., institution for 40+ years, for casual fine dining with stunning ocean views. After you eat, visit the beautiful mahogany bar for an after-dinner cocktail. Rachael recommends a Cape Codder made with local vodka that she calls "a perfect way to end the day."
With its warm decor, friendly vibe and 14 neighborhood locations, Caffe Ladro is a favorite among Seattle locals. Each location serves up pastries made in-house from scratch and a varied selection of coffee beverages. Rachael called the Medici Mocha with orange zest her "new favorite coffee drink."
Leon's is the project of a retired jockey now serving up his native dishes - it's truly a Saratoga Springs fusion! The colorful decor is a great match for the kitchen's fiery plates. Grab the Burro Ranchero - a chicken burrito with ranchero sauce - for a meal big enough to take home leftovers.
Rachael Ray makes her way to Morton's Bistro Northwest, serving the finest locally available foods and wines, in Salem, OR, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
On Food Network's $40 a Day, Rachael Ray stops by Lela's Cafe, for fresh baked breads and hand rolled stone-baked pizzas in Ashland, OR.
The pecan pie at Brigten's is a "sit back, relax and luxuriate in the moment kind of pie," according to food writer John T. Edge, who brought us there on The Best Thing I ever ate. He says they have the secret to Southern food: simple honest cooking done exceedingly well.