If you're in Las Vegas, Eric Greenspan knows a place for a guaranteed win: Mr. Lucky's. As a 24/7 restaurant, you can step in any time of day. But if you want a real jackpot, order the Gambler's Special that comes with three giant shrimp, an 8-ounce steak, mashed potatoes and salad, all for $7.77.
For authentic low-country cooking like okra gumbo, visit Jestine's Kitchen. Owner Dana Berlin says "this is the place that local yokels come to eat" and drink sweet tea, or what she calls "Jestine's table wine." Rachael loved the low-country feast, exclaiming: "It's fantastic food. What a treat!"
Fans of French dip sandwiches have Philippe Mathieu to thank. As the story goes, in 1918 Mathieu accidentally dropped a French roll into the roasting pan. The customer didn't mind the wet bun and today, neither does Wolfgang Puck, who likes his sandwich with horseradish mustard.
On $40 a Day, Rachael satisfies her sweet tooth with the peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake from Icebox. Meanwhile, the Chocolate Delight (formerly The Bomb) has been called Oprah's absolute favorite. But for a true Floridian bite, locals know it's all about the creamy, deep-dish Key Lime pie.
Tucson's Mexican fare is as plentiful as it is authentic. Cafe Poca Cosa, or "little thing" in Spanish, is a festive restaurant with an award-winning menu and the ambiance of Mexico. The restaurant's modern, genuine dishes are best showcased in the Chef's Choice Plate, which includes three entrees.
All aboard! Rachael Ray hops on Dinner in the Diner, in Chattanooga, TN, a renovated train car and ideal spot for a romantic dinner, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
Kelly's Roast Beef claims responsibility for the original roast beef sandwich. Other popular items at this local seaside favorite include fried clams, fish and chips, and lobster rolls. Once Rachael tasted the clam roll, she agreed it is ''a real contender'' for the very best clams in New England.
Rachael Ray visits sizzling South Beach for authentic Cuban cuisine at David's Cuban Cafe, open 24 hours in Miami Beach, FL, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
The recipe to Gus's hot and spicy fried chicken has been in the family since 1953 and has remained a secret since then. Not even owner Terry Bonner's wife knows. One thing, however, is certain. Claire Robinson adores this chicken, along with maybe the entire city of Memphis, Tennessee.
For true New York-style pizza, look no further than America’s first, and some say best, pizzeria in the U.S. Since 1897, Lombardi’s has been winning over New Yorkers like Rachael Ray with their perfect balance of marinara and mozzarella, all atop a thin crust baked in a coal-fired oven.
Marc Murphy had never heard of a pizza pot pie. But after one bite of the pizza pot pie at this spot, he instantly knew it was deserving of the title The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The pie layers cheese and a special sauce inside a fluffy Sicilian crust. Flip the behemoth over and then devour.
When Rachael was on a quest to find cheap and delicious barbecue in Dallas on $40 a Day, the locals agreed that Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse was the place to go. Regulars love the ribs and the pulled pork; the beef brisket sandwich almost left Rachael speechless.
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.
A family-friendly restaurant that's been serving local favorites on Cape Cod, Mass., for 30 years, Captain Parker's is known for its award-winning New England clam chowder. Try a bowl, which Rachael calls "a sure thing," as you take in the eclectic decor, from a golf ball wall to the trophy display.