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Best Restaurants For Your Next Business Meeting: State Capital Edition

Sharon Wells
Posted by Sharon Wells on Sep 2022

After 20+ years as a sales and solutions consultant, I can easily say my best business relationships were built around a table, not a desk. Sitting across the table from someone is an escape from the usual trappings of power and vertical relationships—the stuff of offices and conference rooms. It puts your guest at ease. And, if you choose, you can escape the constant harassment of technology by turning off your device. Your full attention maximizes the outcome of the meal.


A meal is still an occasion to get important work done, whether it’s launching a new relationship or cementing a deal with someone you already know well. Breaking bread with a valuable resource, potential client, or legislator will allow them to understand your ‘why’ more organically than at a meeting in a conference room. Plus you can maximize your impression by choosing just the right spot.

In this article, we'll cover a variety of options for your next meal in any state capital. We highlight them all - down-home casual breakfast spots that are as good as your grandmother's breakfast, new, trendy lunch spots, the tried-and-true staples, and dinner with impressive cocktails - there's sure to be something on this list for your next meeting in the state capitol.


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Alabama: Montgomery

129 Coosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104

Enjoy an eclectic menu of elevated pub cuisine and a peaceful ambiance for brunch, lunch, or dinner.  


Cork & Cleaver
 2960 Zelda Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106

Upscale casual restaurant and event venue, located in the heart of Montgomery’s Downtown entertainment district, highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. 


 1796 Carter Hill Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106

Soul food from this legendary Montgomery restaurant has been fueling Alabama politicos since the 1930s. It’s no surprise that Martin’s most-famous dish is its fried chicken. 


Cahawba House
 31 S Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104

Cahawba House is a very popular, low-key restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. People line up to place orders for Southern favorites like biscuits, Conecuh sausage, and beignets. Menu items include locally sourced honey, organic maple syrup, fried chicken, breakfast gravy, fried green tomatoes, meatloaf sandwiches, pimento grilled cheese, chicken salad, and burgers. You can also get a meat and three for only $10. 



Alaska: Juneau

200 Seward St, Juneau, AK 99801

Classy, fresh Alaskan cuisine with an amazing ambiance. Possibly the best salmon in Juneau!


The Rookery Cafe
111 Seward St, Juneau, AK 99801

A Coffee house bistro with a great breakfast and quick service.


V's Cellar Door
222 Seward St, Juneau, AK 99801

This unique fusion spot serves up a mix of amazing Mexican-Korean dishes.



Arizona: Phoenix

3243 N 3rd Street Ac, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Contemporary American seasonal cuisine with a touch of local Arizona Influence, bringing special attention to fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients for lunch and dinner.


2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Upscale, old-school chophouse serving steak, seafood & martinis in a vintage red-velvet setting.


Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This award-winning pizza has been praised by the likes of Bon AppétitVogueEater, Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, and Oprah, to name a few.


Fry Bread House
4545 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Unpretentious spot serving savory & sweet creations made from Native American fry bread.



Arkansas: Little Rock

Big Orange
207 N University Ave #100, Little Rock, AR 72205

Bold burgers and inspired salads. Interesting spin on the usual all-American fare.


Lassis Inn 
518 E 27th St, Little Rock, AR 72206

Quaint place with a jukebox, stop by for dinner or lunch. One of the oldest restaurants in Little Rock, with some of the best fish around.


One Eleven at the Capital
111 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Sophisticated, French-inspired American plates are presented in a traditional, white-tablecloth setting.


South on Main
1304 S Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202

Serves sophisticated Southern cuisine wrapped in a comfortable architectural design of French bistro with a drawl. 



California: Sacramento

The Kitchen Restaurant
2225 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

This Michelin-starred restaurant is sure to impress with its eight-course prix fixe dinner menu.


Mulvaney's B&L
1215 19th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Refined eatery plating seasonal New American fare in a converted firehouse or on the garden patio. Dinner only.


1401 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

This neighborhood bistro known for delicious seasonal cuisine in a beautiful setting was selected as a James Beard semifinalist.


Ella's Dining Room & Bar
1131 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

"This upscale beauty in downtown Sacramento is equal parts rustic and refined, with floor-to-ceiling curtains, thick linens and a colorful overhang comprised of antique wood. You’re likely to be seated among regulars, who can be found chatting with the attentive staff and sampling their wine pairing suggestions (there are plenty of half-glass options for the lunchtime Capitol crowd). The menu offers creative takes on global dishes, including a salad of vine-ripened, handpicked, heirloom tomatoes with shaved radish, avocado purée, and a dill dressing enriched with ricotta salata. Perfectly crispy Southern fried chicken is a staple and rightfully so.
The bar is a great place to linger—with an expertly prepared cocktail, like the house gin and tonic." - Michelin Guide


Colorado: Denver

The Buckhorn Exchange
1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

Now serving not just its culinary expertise but an experience more than anything. Denver's oldest restaurant features a selection of beef, buffalo, elk, Colorado lamb, and a variety of fish and foul. 


1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

This refined farm-to-table is a Denver mainstay serving approachable, top-quality food in a friendly neighborhood setting. Dinner only.


1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Locally sourced, imaginative Mediterranean dishes & wines in a high-energy dining room on Denver's must-visit Larimer Square.


600 E 13th Ave. Denver, CO 80203

The Jelly Café is a peppy coffee shop and breakfast spot based on Cap Hill that offers a sweet way to start the day. Boasting bright, quirky décor, leatherette booths, and a casual breakfast bar and stools, the casual café offers a range of breakfast favorites from pancakes and eggs Benny to hashes and Bloody Marys. Other breakfast treats include a variety of buttermilk pancakes, French toast, cornflake French toast, bananas Foster French toast, eggs Benedict and scrambles, and rich and creamy biscuits and gravy. 

Connecticut: Hartford

Fire by Forge (formerly Firebox)
539 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06106

Opening fall 2022. An upscale casual, chef-driven Pan-American inspired cafe, restaurant and bar.


100 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT 06103

Trendy Italian restaurant with an upscale menu of pastas (gluten-free available) & grilled dishes. Unmatched service and food near the State Capitol.


Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT 06103

Seafood headlines the eclectic menu at this casual, industrial-chic eatery.



Delaware: Dover

Cool Spring Fish & Bar Restaurant
2463 S State St, Dover, DE 19901

This modern seafood eatery, with an open, exhibition-style kitchen has excellent food, great service, and a relaxing & friendly atmosphere.


Restaurant 55
2461 S State St, Dover, DE 19901

A casual dining experience with gourmet taste. Eclectic gourmet burgers with a great craft beer selection.


The Countrie Eatery
 1796 Carter Hill Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106

Old-fashioned, casual restaurant specializing in breakfast classics & decorated with a farm theme.



Florida: Tallahassee

Bella Bella
123 E 5th Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32303

Authentic Italian cuisine in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Casual environment. Don’t forget to try the Bubble Bread!


Andrew's Downtown (Andrew’s 228)
228 S Adams St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

A staple during legislative sessions. Voted #1 Power Lunch in the State of Florida. During the 2000 recount, both Bush and Gore teams were holed up at Andrew’s. In a hurry? Try the large salad bar. Large business meeting? No problem! The Private Rooms at Andrew’s is the perfect spot for business meetings of up to 120.


The Governor’s Club
202 S Adams St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

A private club sure to impress your guests. The Governors Club provides fine and casual dining with superb service and warm Southern hospitality to Members and their guests. It's a comfortable, welcoming place where members socialize with friends, colleagues and family in a private upscale setting.


115 E Park Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Voted Top 100 Restaurants in the US. The ambiance is very sophisticated and hip. Delicious, beautifully plated food & excellent service. Simply magnificent from start to finish.


Av Peche Mignon
220 N Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Need a great takeout option? Look no further. Not only can you grab delicious soups and sandwiches, but you can also fill the conference room with an assortment of fine pastries and desserts.They create the finest array of handmade pastries, cakes, macarons, cookies, sandwiches, breads, pies, drinks, and chocolates imaginable.


Bar 1903
209 E Park Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32301

The perfect spot for happy hour. Located in the historic Walker Library, Bar 1903 honors the history of mixology while pushing the boundaries of the cocktail experience.


Level 8 Lounge / 347 Grille by Coach Shula
415 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301 (Hotel Duval)

If you need a hotel with great options for drinks and dinner, look no further than Hotel Duval (a Marriott property). Level 8 Lounge is a chic, indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge popular for tapas & skyline views. While Shula’s doesn’t make our list of top steakhouses, it is a solid steakhouse chain if you’re seeking convenience.


Georgia: Atlanta

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30318

If you are looking for an impressive dinner experience, Bacchanalia will not disappoint. Their four-course, prix fixe menu at $110. per person evolves slightly each evening and throughout the seasons. Reservations must be made well in advance.


924 Garrett St, Atlanta, GA 30316

One of Atlanta’s most unique dining experiences. If you want a quiet place to discuss business, this is NOT it. But, if you want to impress your guests with an amazing dim-sum style roving carts experience - you’ve found it. Each night, seven or eight chefs whip up a total of 15 or so small dishes, wheeling one creation at a time around the restaurant. They pause at each table, describing the dish, and diners can take it or leave it. If they opt to give it a try, a staffer will mark a box on their menus, which is tallied at the end of the meal.


Manuel’s Tavern
602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

“Atlanta’s Quintessential Neighborhood Bar” Manuel’s Tavern is as much a political and literati hangout as it is a place to dine. The de facto meeting spot for journalists, politicians (mostly left-leaning), neighborhood folks and the literary crowd, Manuel’s is the place to have a beer, talk politics and watch a Braves game. President Carter, whose Carter Center is around the block, used to be a frequent visitor. President Obama visited in 2016. Manuel’s has space to host events for 20, 40, or even 80.


Paschal's Restaurant
180 Northside Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 30313

Paschal's became the unofficial civil rights meeting place for some of the most notable entertainers, politicians and business people of the time. It was also a meeting place for key civil rights leaders and strategists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Paschal's Restaurant is known for its fried chicken and Creole dishes like gumbo and catfish etoufee. Make sure to save room for dessert, the peach cobbler is some of the best in Atlanta.


Breakfast at Barney’s
349 Decatur St SE Atlanta, GA 30312

The convenient location of Breakfast At Barney's makes it easy to have a delicious breakfast meeting before the day gets into full swing. 69 pops111 reviews.


Alma Cocina (Downtown)
191 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30303

Only a few blocks away, located in the Ritz Carlton, serving inventive Mexican fare with regional influences in a stylish setting makes for a great lunch or dinner option. There is plenty of room for a group of any size and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.



Hawaii: Honolulu

226 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

Roy Yamaguchi's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine blends fresh local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, always with a focus on seafood.


Helena’s Hawaiian Food
1240 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Want a delicious, no-frills lunch spot? Look no further than Helena’s. Pared-down restaurant specializing in local classics such as kalua pork, lomi salmon & ribs.


MW Restaurant
888 Kapiolani Blvd, Commercial Unit, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96813

Walking distance from the Capitol, from the appetizers all the way to the dessert, the food is exceptional.


Harry’s Cafe
437 Kamakee St, Honolulu, HI 96814
A quintessential mom-and-pop diner. Everything about it is perfect, from the homemade pickled cabbage to the fluffy blanket of egg. No artisan coffee, fancy ingredients or stylish ambience, just good ol’-fashioned local eats. (Note: It’s cash only, so bring bills.)



Idaho: Boise

Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro
108 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

Don’t be deterred by the line out the door: The food at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro is worth the wait. Boise’s iconic breakfast joint serves classics like hollandaise-topped eggs Benedict and banana-stuffed French toast, along with more unusual sides, like the popular red flannel hash. Featuring cubed beets and Idaho red potatoes, the red flannel hash is also peppered with chunks of crunchy bacon.


Bardenay Restaurant
610 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702

A restaurant–distillery, where the the fixings for the inventive cocktails, like the Prickly Pear Margarita, are truly house made. Spacious and wood-rich, the restaurant and bar, in the heart of downtown, adds creative Idaho flavor to bar-menu favorites, from burgers and sandwiches to charbroiled salmon and rum pepper steak.


981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702

Chandler’s is a locally-owned, upscale dinner house specializing in prime steaks and jet-fresh seafood served in a swanky, hip setting with live jazz & a martini bar.



Illinois: Springfield

Luminary Kitchen & Provisions
3121 Hedley Rd Springfield, IL 62704

Luminary might just be the best lunch restaurant in Springfield. Amazing food and amazing service. (If you loved American Harvest Eatery, make sure to try its chefs’ newest restaurant)


Maldaner's Restaurant
222 S 6th St Springfield, IL 62701

Wood-swathed, American eatery (since 1884) emphasizing local produce, along the storied Route 66. A staple near the capitol.


Café Moxo
411 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701

Established in 2007, it has been the go-to breakfast place for locals and tourists in Springfield. It’s a local dining place built within a few blocks away from the Old State Capitol. Try the ever-famous Moxo baked eggs that come with a hash brown casserole and bacon cheddar biscuit. For lunch, make sure to try the popular homemade pot pies.



Indiana: Indianapolis

St. Elmo Steakhouse
127 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Historic & stately wining & dining destination known for its steaks & seafood, plus cocktail lounge.


Working Man’s Friend
234 N Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Bustling diner featuring giant burgers & other casual grub, plus cocktails in an old-school space.


Harry & Izzy’s
153 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Upscale steakhouse with a notable wine selection & a contemporary spin on chops, seafood & pizza.


Shapiro's Delicatessen
808 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Big portions of Kosher-style deli classics are served cafeteria style in easygoing surrounds.


5215 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Innovative Latin American cuisine, brunch & cocktails served in hip, stylish surrounds.


534 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Hip, modern diner with a patio for inventive breakfast & brunch items, plus espresso & cocktails.



Iowa: Des Moines

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

High-ceilinged ex-Masonic temple turned contemporary Italian wining-&-dining destination.


Proof Restaurant
1301 Locust St C, Des Moines, IA 50309

Proof is a technique & ingredient-driven restaurant in Des Moines, shaped by three time James Beard semifinalist Chef Sean Wilson's military travels.


The Breakfast Club
212 E 3rd St Ste B, Des Moines, IA 50309

The restaurant puts it best themselves: “So you want some breakfast? Cool, go to MCD’s. You want the freshest and tastiest breakfast treats around, service with a little snark and a side piece of carefully crafted breakfast cocktails? Come and get it, mama. The Breakfast Club is your place in Downtown Des Moines to hang with buds on the weekend and a dressed down spot for business brunches whenever.” You must try the Breakfast Club’s chicken and biscuit sandwich includes scrambled egg, fried chicken, pepperjack cheese and maple butter between jalapeno cheddar biscuits.



Kansas: Topeka

Hanover Pancake House
1034 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

Old-fashioned diner dishing up hearty portions of American breakfast & lunch classics since 1969.


The White Linen
112 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

A compact menu of chef-driven French-American cuisine & weekly small plates in historic quarters. Customer reviews say it’s “THE BEST restaurant in town” and “One of my best dining experience and all of my years.”


Jong's Thai Kitchen
800 SW 12th St, Topeka, KS 66612

Nestled in central Topeka is a small quaint Thai restaurant that delivers tasty food in a comfortable, homey atmosphere with personal service that makes guests feel at home. Fresh, made from scratch, Thai food.



Kentucky: Frankfort

Bourbon On Main
103 W Main St, Frankfort, KY 40601

Cozy pub in a red brick structure, offering hearty American fare, beer, cocktails & outdoor tables.


Main Street Diner
227A W Main St, Frankfort, KY 40601

The Main Street Diner is a locally (and family) owned, 1950s style restaurant located in the heart of Kentucky’s Capital City. They serve a wide variety of home-cooked meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner.


243 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601-1956

Lively bistro with views of the state capitol grounds, serving Italian & Southern fare plus bourbon. Honestly, the lunch is hit or miss lately, but still a favorite for politicians. Dinner still seems to be a solid option for business meetings. The portions are rich and generous, but make sure to save room for dessert.



Louisiana: Baton Rouge

City Pork Brasserie & Bar
7327 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

No matter what time of day you go, breakfast, lunch or dinner - you’ll get outstandingly delicious, well-crafted food prepared with great care. City Pork Brasserie & Bar is a full-service restaurant concept that strives to elevate Louisiana cuisine to new levels. Our seasonally-inspired menu strives to blend indigenous culinary delights such as rabbit, duck and fresh Gulf Seafood.


445 N 6th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5511

Rustic, wood-hued venue with a locally sourced Southern menu, wine & communal table options.


Elsie's Plate & Pie
3145 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Airy, industrial stop offering sweet & savory pies plus Southern comfort fare in laid-back environment. A great option for a quick slice and conversation.


3739 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Elevated Creole cooking from an upmarket fixture with a skylit atrium bar & a genteel dining room.


18811 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Traditional-style eatery with a fireplace serves creative Italian fare, steaks & wood-fired pizza.



Maine: Augusta

The Oak Table & Bar
233 Water St, Augusta, ME 04330

It’s hard to find a better meal in Augusta. The menu changes daily, so go often. Make sure to try the four-course "chef's table" experience.


Downtown Diner
204 Water St, Augusta, ME 04330-4614

Specializes in breakfast and lunch, opening at 5:30 or 6:00 most mornings and closing at 2:00. Try breakfast combination plates or the daily soup-and-sandwich specials, featuring their homemade soups and chowders. Simple, straightforward seating, reasonable prices, and a staff that can be as fun or formal as you like. A real favorite with "the locals."


State Lunch
217 Water St, Augusta, ME 04330

STATE LUNCH craft & kitchen is a globally inspired gastropub. Great downtown location, cozy atmosphere and wonderful views of the water.


Cloud 9 Restaurant at the Senator Inn & Spa
284 Western Ave, Augusta, ME 04330-4934

Best happy hour in Augusta. Consistently rated #1 restaurant in Augusta. Temporarily closed, scheduled to reopen any day.



Maryland: Annapolis

Cantler’s Riverside Inn
458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409

There is a reason this place is rated the number 1 crab house in the country. It's the real deal. A true Maryland-style setup right on the water. Great views and good food.


Iron Rooster
12 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401

Great breakfast option near the state house.


164 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Canned, pickled & fermented produce is highlighted in the American cooking at this rustic mod spot.


Vin 909 Winecafe'
909 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403

A farm-to-table New American menu is paired with a deep wine list in this cottagelike restaurant.



Massachusetts: Boston

Union Oyster House
41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

Of all the best places to eat in Boston, number one on your list has to be Union Oyster House. As the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the United States, it has seem some of the most influential revolutionaries, politicians, and celebrities in the two centuries it’s been open. Think everyone from John F. Kennedy, who ate here every Sunday, all the way to Meryl Streep. And, as you might guess, there’s a very good reason Union Oyster House has remained a crowd favorite for decades. It serves incredible food – so much so that it won the North American Best Landmark Restaurant in 2020 by the World Culinary Awards. Start with the very oysters that give the restaurant its name and then try one of their hearty seafood dishes.


Flour Bakery + Cafe
30 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

A fantastic breakfast, lunch, or coffee spot is the delightfully quirky flour bakery + cafe. Originally founded by Joanne Chang in 2000 with a South End location, there are now multiple spots all over the city. Combining both her French and American training, each spot offers up the most delicious pastries, cookies, and tarts as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads in case you’re not in a sweet mood. Flour has earned worldwide recognition from all the top culinary and travel magazines while Chef Bobby Flay is one of the many fans of Chang’s sticky buns. She’s even a James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Baker and has shared her recipes in not one, not two, but five cookbooks.


No. 9 Park
9 Park St Pl, Boston, MA 02108

Located in a townhouse in historic Beacon Hill, this flagship restaurant is intimate and the menu is a mix of regionally-inspired Italian and French cuisine. Not only has Lynch herself been name a James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurateur, No. 9 Parks’ wine list has won for Outstanding Wine Program.


Abe & Louie’s
793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Steakhouses in Boston are a dime a dozen, but Abe & Louie’s boasts an elegant main dining room with leather booths, ornately decorated with mahogany paneling and a vaulted gold-leafed ceiling. The oversize menu gives a subliminal hint of what is in store --- massive sides, over-the-top appetizers, a varied wine list and flavorful steaks. Start off with the famous lobster mac ‘n’ cheese with a toasted Parmesan crumb topping, or the baked, tender littleneck clams casino. Move on to a thick and juicy center-cut (one pound) New York aged marbled sirloin or the signature bone-in filet mignon topped with a portobello demi-glace. Filet of beef Wellington, lobster fra diavolo and braised lamb shank are mainstay nightly specials. All of the sides (creamed fresh spinach, Vidalia onion strings and sautéed mushrooms) are served à la carte and are large enough to share. End your visit with the colossal (and they do mean colossal) seven layer chocolate cake.


Myer & Chans
1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Creative, upscale Asian-inspired small plates are served family-style in this hip diner.


The ‘Quin House
217 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116

If you’re going to be hosting several meetings in Boston throughout the year, it may be worthwhile to look into a membership at The ‘Quin House. Not only is the food amazing for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but the people are extremely friendly. When you walk in, the personnel know exactly who you are. It’s a very friendly, inviting, inclusive environment. With different options, you can go formal or casual. You can watch sports. After lunch meeting at the ‘Quin, you can go to the Reading Room and have a private Zoom call and conversation without interrupting anyone else or being interrupted.



Michigan: Lansing

The Creole Burger Bar And Southern Kitchen
1218 Turner Rd, Lansing, MI 48906

You’ll find a unique dining combination at the Creole Burger Bar and Southern Kitchen. The Creole offers one of the most interesting menus in the city. It’s one of the few places where you’ll find true southern-style food in Lansing. They are known for their burgers, beignets, and bourbon. On their menu, you’ll find 1/2 pound burgers, over 150 whiskeys, and delicious southern cooking. Try their Portabella Fries, the Cornbread Crock, a Nawlins’ Burger, and so more at this amazing Lansing restaurant.


Fleetwood Diner
2211 S Cedar St, Lansing, MI 48910

With over 2,500 reviews and a four-star rating, the Fleetwood Diner is easily one of the most popular restaurants in Lansing Michigan. They are also open 24/7, so you can stop by for a bite to eat literally any time or any day of the week. On their menu, you’ll find items like omelets, pancakes, chicken gyros, burgers, and sandwiches. If you’re in the mood for a classic diner atmosphere and meal, then head to the Fleetwood Diner for some of the best Lansing food.


Bowdie’s Chophouse
320 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Bowdie’s Chophouse is an elegant and popular steakhouse in Lansing. While reservations are not required, they are highly suggested. On their menu, you’ll find some of the best cuts of steak available on the market. You can order a Tomahawk Steak, Prime Rib, Porterhouse Steaks, and Filet Mignon. To go along with your steak, try the Au Gratin Potatoes, Creamed Spinach, Truffle Fries, or Lobster Mac. It’s a decadent menu full of some amazing dishes, which makes it one of the best restaurants in Lansing.



Minnesota: Saint Paul

Tongue in Cheek
989 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

A staple near the state capitol. Inventive, sustainable New American dishes & craft cocktails in cool quarters with a retro vibe. Possibly the best food in the city.


Cafe Latte
850 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Hot spot for American eats & housemade desserts in a cafeteria-style setup, plus a pizza & wine bar.


Abogados Café
1053 Dale St N Suite 102, St Paul, MN 55117

Abojado's Cafe is the first Latina-owned coffee shop in the Twin Cities and the first law-themed coffee cafe in the US that serves specialty, law-themed coffee drinks. The husband and wife owners are both Abogados (lawyers) and native Hondurans with a passion for coffee and law.


Noyes & Cutler
229 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Introducing Lowertown's modern steakhouse and newest hot spot, Noyes & Cutler. With celebrity chef Justin Sutherland as the culinary director and chef Aaron Cave, most recently of The Gnome as executive chef, the menu is full of classic-made-unique bites and cocktails. Open for weekend brunch as well.


Mac’s Diner
2526 7th Ave E suite 127, North St Paul, MN 55109

Located in the Sentinel Residence on the corner of 7th and Margaret, Mac's Diner was known for cheap fare and its own tight-knit community amid the eight stools and three booths. Mac's is back and features a hearty breakfast menu, classic diner favorites, and creative craft cocktails



Mississippi: Jackson

1908 Provisions
734 Fairview St, Jackson, MS 39202

1908 Provisions is not only one of the best from the Jackson restaurants, but it’s also housed inside one of the best hotels- the gorgeous and historic Fairview Inn. The restaurant menu is every bit as impressive as the hotel itself.
The farm-to-table restaurant offers menu items such as their signature sauteed redfish with grits and asparagus, Asian sliced duck, several cuts of premium steaks, and sea scallops served with a garlic grit cake and wilted spinach.


The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen
1200 N State St #100, Jackson, MS 39202

The Manship describes itself as “rustic European cuisine with deep Southern roots” and I think their description nails it. Locals hail it as one of the best places to eat in Jackson. For brunch, you could choose from dishes with Mexican flair such as breakfast tacos or huevos rancheros. Or, you could go for their sweets board, chicken and waffles, beef tenderloin with eggs, or the popular roasted duck leg with smoked gouda grits.


3118 Livingston Rd, Jackson, MS 39213

Want a simple, local’s lunch? Hearty Southern eats, from beef ribs to fried chicken & catfish, in unpretentious surroundings.



Missouri: Jefferson City

Sweet Smoke BBQ
127 E High St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Not only the top rated BBQ in the city, but Sweet Smoke BBQ continues to be the highest rated restaurant. The only thing more impressive than the food is how quickly you’re served.


The Grand Cafe
107 E High St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

"When in historic downtown Jefferson City and on the prowl for lunch, dinner or just some cocktails and small plates, The Grand Cafe will cure your craving. A great option for a full service, casual fine dinning restaurant in downtown JCMO.


Madison’s Cafe
216 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Their website says it best: “Whether you wish to wine and dine clients, celebrate a special event or unwind and dine solo; whether you desire to savor the Chateaubriand for two, enjoy our chicken jalapeño pasta, or delight in one of our desserts, we focus on one thing: providing our guests with award winning quality, hospitality and service. Come to Madison's, where you are the center of our attention.”


O'Donoghue's Steaks and Seafood
900 E High St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

O'Donoghue's Steaks & Seafood is located in Jefferson City, Missouri and offers a historic atmosphere with red oak floors, pocket doors and fluted iron columns. This restaurant is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a beautiful place to enjoy a meal. O'Donoghue's Steaks & Seafood is open for both lunch and dinner, also offering a bar menu with many wine selections. If you enjoy surf with turf, try the 12-oz. rib eye and jumbo fried shrimp, KC strip and yellowfin ahi tuna sashimi, 8-oz. bacon wrapped filet and battered rock lobster or sautéed sirloin and fried shrimp. Other options at O'Donoghue's Steaks & Seafood include pan seared pork loin, Bavarian pork chops, the farmer's wife burger and sirloin sandwich.


Bar Vino
204 E High St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Refreshing wine bar with delicious small plates.
The food selection is small but each item as perfect as possible. A great selection of wines by the glass and about 400 different wine options by the bottle. A small selection of specialty cocktails, 125+ whiskies, and lots delicious beers round out the beverage program. Enjoy the beautiful mezzanine that over looks the entire bar area that accommodates about 50 ppl. This can used during a normal night or can be reserved for a private event. There is also a cellar room that is a more private area on the main floor that seats 8ppl and can be reserved for your next meeting or friends night out.



Montana: Helena

Lucca’s Italian
56 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere of Montana elegance – sophistication without the pomp and circumstance. Awarded the Best Restaurant In Montana by Business Insider Magazine. Every Wednesday the entire wine list is half price. Open for dinner, Wednesday - Sunday 5pm - Close, reservations recommended.


Steve’s Cafe
630 N Montana Ave, Helena, MT 59601

"A Casual Cafe in the Heart of Montana." Family-owned and operated casual breakfast and lunch option. Impressive home-cooked style breakfast options served by friendly staff. Customers rave about the top-notch service! Open Daily 6:30am to 2:30pm


Wassweiler Dinner House and Pub
4528 US-12, Helena, MT 59601

The Wassweiler is a dinner house specializing in high quality steaks in an intimate setting. Located in a historic inn built in 1883. With history, hospitality, and an honest-to-goodness menu, you must try this fine dining establishment.


Benny’s Bistro
108 E 6th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

A small restaurant in the heart of downtown Helena, providing local fare with an international flair. A great option for a salad, panini, wrap, or curry. Lunch (Tues - Sat) | Dinner (Wed - Sat) | Reservations accepted, or call for takeout and curbside delivery


On Broadway
106 E Broadway St, Helena, MT 59601

Enjoy delicious homemade Italian cuisine in a fun, casual environment. Generous portions. From the lighting and music to the friendly service and delicious food, every moment of your evening will be a delight. Expect a wait, so plan to start your business dinner off with cocktails in the bar.


Staggering Ox
400 Euclid Ave, Helena, MT 59601

Need a quick, casual lunch? The Staggering Ox is a great option. Convenient hours (M-F, 8am - 6pm)



Nebraska: Lincoln

808 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Italian eatery featuring an extensive selection of familiar dishes in a laid back locale.


The Green Gateau
330 S 10th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Casually elegant European-inspired bistro serving French & American food & also a popular brunch.


Lazlo's Brewery & Grill
5900 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln, NE 68516

Lazlo's Brewery & Grill restaurant is creative comfort food, from-scratch recipes, hickory wood-fired grilling, house-brewed beers and outstanding service.


Venue Restaurant & Lounge
4111 Pioneer Woods Dr Ste 100, Lincoln, NE 68506

Venue Restaurant & Lounge is an experience that every Nebraskan craves and every out-of-town visitor hears about. Their award-winning cuisine is handmade from scratch ingredients, including the freshest farm-to-table products from Nebraska farms and exquisite seafood from all around the world.


DISH Restaurant
1100 E O St, Lincoln, NE 68508

DISH is an upscale New American restaurant in the heart of downtown Lincoln. Dish offers a wonderful ever-changing menu, excellent service, and a lovely atmosphere. They are getting it right on all accounts.


Casa Bovina
4841 N 84th St, Lincoln, NE 68507

Casa Bovina is a rustic Italian-inspired restaurant that features Certified Piedmontese beef. Casa Bovina raises the bar for any eating experience.
From the knowledge of the Chefs to the high-quality dishes and drinks served; they strive to provide an atmosphere that creates unmatched dining opportunity. All meals use premium produce, meats, cheeses; and can be paired with an exceptional variety of imported and American wines. This importance on using local and other prime items comes through in the superiority of the dishes on the menu.



Nevada: Carson City

Great Basin Brewing Company
302 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701

Airy, easygoing outlet serving local American comfort grub plus craft beers & coffee drinks.


Cucina Lupo
308 N Curry St, Carson City, NV 89703

Focused on creating seasonally inspired Italian cuisine sourced from local farms and purveyors in Northern Nevada, Lupo delivers delicious dishes using housemade pastas, bread, salumi, and more.
From the same team that created The Union, Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, and the Overland Restaurant & Pub—Cucina Lupo is a community gathering place located in the heart of Historic Downtown Carson City, Nevada.


The Cracker Box Diner
02 E William St, Carson City, NV 89701

No frills, delicious breakfast. Cozy, old-school throwback since 1980 preparing homestyle American standards for breakfast & brunch.


The Basil Restaurant
311 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701

Spiced-to-order creative Thai cuisine served in an art-adorned space with a tropical feel. No wait, great service.


Z Bistro
725 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706

Unassuming yet warm French bistro with a laid-back vibe & oft-changing menu of classic fare. Make sure to check the hours - limited availability.



New Hampshire: Concord

The Barley House
132 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301

Convivial choice for elevated pub grub, craft beers & a large Irish whiskey selection.


Granite Restaurant & Bar
96 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301

High-end, seasonal New American cuisine & global wines in swanky quarters at The Centennial Hotel.


Revival Kitchen & Bar
11 Depot St, Concord, NH 03301

A culinary delight! Farm to table menu reviving classic New England dishes while also creating inspired menu items and whimisical specials.


80 South St, Concord, NH 03301

For a tasty Concord NH breakfast visit Tucker’s. This chain of breakfast and brunch spots is very popular and one of the best breakfast places in this part of New England, especially at this current location. Tucker’s is a comfort food haven. Expect everything from fresh fruit, breakfast sandwiches and vegetarian options.
You can expect to walk in and find a bustling scene in Tucker’s that is family friendly and an attentive wait staff. There are always diners in Tucker’s but they do a good job of trying to accommodate everyone, as you’ll find a large dining space with many tables and chairs.


The POST Downtown
58 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301

Expect all your favorite full breakfasts and some other unique options. This bustling spot is a great place to start the day. The wait staff is always bustling around to accommodate everyone and this downtown location is ideal for couples and those people starting their workday. Many regulars enjoy the al fresco painting on the walls that depict local landmarks.


Chuck’s Barbershop
90 Low Ave, Concord, NH 03301

1920's Prohibition Era speakeasy (bar). Specializing in craft cocktails and a from scratch kitchen.


106 Manchester St, Concord, NH 03301

Casual American joint with patio dining specializes in roast beef, fish & hickory-smoked BBQ.



New Jersey: Trenton

Chick & Nello’s Homestead Inn
800 Kuser Rd, Trenton, NJ 08619

Local landmark serving up old-school Italian fare, including steak & pasta, in no-frills surrounds.


Blue Danube Restaurant
538 Adeline St, Trenton, NJ 08611

Eastern European cuisinein old-world surrounds. Excellent food and service.


Rat’s Restaurant
16 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

A short drive outside of Trenton you’ll find one of the most interesting restaurants on this list. Rat’s Restaurant is the perfect dining destination. Named for the fabled entertaining character in Kenneth Graham’s children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows, Rat’s Restaurant is designed to give visitors the sense they have stepped into a village reminiscent of the impressionist painter Claude Monet’s beloved town of Giverny. Rustic fireplaces, country French cuisine, seasonal hand-crafted cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list are just the beginning.


Skil-Lit Cafe
113 S Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08608

A full-service cafe specializing in creative and modern breakfast/brunch dishes with passed down generational family recipes. Great breakfast option close to the capitol.



New Mexico: Santa Fe

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin is the embodiment of a 20-year dream to create the perfect balance of refined and comfortable. Chef Martin Rios, and his wife, Jennifer, envisioned a certain ambiance where people from the community as well as Santa Fe’s many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios’ award-winning progressive American cuisine.


The Shed
113 1/2 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Creative New Mexican Cooking on the Santa Fe Plaza. Family Owned & Operated Since 1953. Has won the renowned James Beard Award and is a local's favorite.


Rancho de Chimayó
300 Juan Medina Rd, Chimayo, NM 87522

A family-owned Southwest restaurant that has been serving up delicious and authentic fare for over 50 years. From the moment you walk through the doors of Rancho de Chimayo, you’ll be welcomed to dine as a member of the family. You’ll also find a menu filled with tasty and unique selections that you’ll hardly find to be better anywhere else.


Cafe Pasqual
121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

A highly-regarded institution where both tourists and locals venture for wildly creative and seriously consistent dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pasqual’s honors the reality that breakfast is the most important meal of the day by serving it from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., while lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.


Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves
21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Izanami is upscale izakaya dining. Delicious small plates in a casual atmosphere. Sushi and sashimi featured Wednesday through Saturday.


221 Shelby St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Elevated Latin American cuisine & specialty cocktails served in a dimly lit, Mexican-themed space.



New York: Albany

Iron Gate Cafe
182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210

One of the most recommended spots for lunch. The cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating for the warmer days and has a well-decorated patio. A rustic iron gate separates it from the sidewalk and gives the cafe its name. Iron Gate offers the usual soups, salads and sandwiches while also offering hot dishes from the grill as well, such as the Cajun shrimp wrap. The restaurant also offers a few vegan options.


Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207

This spot makes its home in a former city pump station, located in the historic Quackenbush Square section of downtown Albany. With lofty spaces, exposed brick walls, old grappling hooks and a fireplace, the Albany Pump Station retains traces of the past while employing modern brewing technology. The beers brewed on the premises (at least seven at any time) are available on tap, getting the thumbs-up from discerning beer fans. The fairly extensive menu features upscale pub food including a calamari appetizer and entrées like the maple-glazed pork tenderloin served with mashed sweet potatoes and acorn squash stuffed with apples and walnuts. While you will certainly be encouraged to eat, drink and be merry, it won’t be a late night---they usually close at 10 p.m.


Angelo's 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

The place to see and be seen in Albany. This contemporary steakhouse with rich hardwood panels, sumptuous leather seating and a private wine club is an impressive option for lunch or dinner. Upscale steakhouse with a varied menu and plenty of cachet that does not come on the cheap.


4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY 12207

Wood-paneled Irish tavern offering classic food & drink along with a patio & weekly live music.


Wellington's at the Renaissance Albany
144 State St, Albany, NY 12207

Good option for a hotel and restaurant. Cocktails & locally sourced, high-end New American fare offered in a chic hotel space.


The Cuckoo’s Nest
234 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203

One of the best restaurants in all of Albany is surprisingly a funky option for southern cooking. The menu features unique options like the jalapeno popper deviled eggs and the smoked wings mango peach serrano sauce alongside more standard—but equally decadent—options like the lobster mac and cheese.


Black & Blue Steak and Crab
1470 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203

Upscale surf 'n' turf meals complement the extensive wine list at this stylish steakhouse.



North Carolina: Raleigh

42nd Street Oyster Bar
508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603

A Southern Seafood Tradition Since 1931. The 42nd St. Oyster Bar is one of the South's most famous landmark restaurants and premier destination for fresh seafood.


Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

Sprawling upscale steakhouse in a barnlike setting with an opulent wine cellar, lounge & cigar bar. The staff at the Angus Barn strives in making every effort to make each customer feel like the most important person in the world.


Death & Taxes
105 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The space is beautiful, the drinks outstanding, and the service knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and attentive. Death & Taxes is an ode to wood fired cooking that doesn't taste like a mouthful of smoke. Get the littleneck clams on grilled bread, poussin with coal-roasted carrots, and ember-killed salad with ham, complemented by a Widow's Walk cocktail.


Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
220 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601

You don’t get more Raleigh, and a taste of Southern comfort food and hospitality, than at Big E’ds. Here you can enjoy breakfast food like what grandma used to make, personable service, and a laid-back cafe with funky antiques hanging from the old rafters and memorabilia scattered around.



North Dakota: Bismarck

Walrus Restaurant
1136 N 3rd St, Bismarck, ND 58501

Snug neighborhood eatery featuring elevated comfort fare & 40+ craft beers on tap with a warm vibe.


210 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

Warm eatery in a storied space serving European-inspired New American plates, wine & cocktails. Fantastic food, great service. Quite possibly the top restaurant in Bismarck.


Little Cottage Café
2513 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

Cozy circa-1965 diner with counter seating. Small town cozy cafe atmosphere that serves up delicious homemade breakfast and lunch.


Pirogue Grille
121 N 4th St, Bismarck, ND 58501

Seasonal American cuisine, using local bison, other meats & produce, in a warm, brick-walled space.


Peacock Alley
422 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

Established venue in the Patterson hotel features prime meats amid antiques & stained glass windows.



Ohio: Columbus

169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206

Old-school, special-occasion venue featuring a sophisticated American surf 'n' turf menu & a patio.


Barcelona Restaurant and Bar
263 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206

Barcelona was designed to be one of the premier restaurants in Columbus offering a warm, inviting atmosphere, quality service & exciting Spanish tapas cuisine.


The Refectory Restaurant
1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

The converted brick church setting provides an upscale, but not stiff, experience. To its credit, the service is as accomplished as the cooking. Richard Blondin, an accomplished French chef, prepares classical French food that isn't the least bit dated or stuffy. The wide-ranging menu takes in organic and hormone-free meats, dishes native to Ohio (pheasant, guinea hen, rainbow trout), fresh seafood (monkfish, whole Dover sole) and vegetarian fare (zucchini tian and marinated mushroom salade).



Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse
1309 S Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Fodor’s expert review: “For more than a century, this restaurant has thrived on its reputation for serving food as consistently reliable as its reputation for a colorful history. What started in 1910 as a café to serve hungry cowboys, ranch hands, and cattle haulers became a pumphouse for "liquid delights" during Prohibition Days. By the 1940s, Cattlemen's emerged as a gathering place for gamblers and their cohorts. As the building size grew, however, so did the restaurant's popularity among the general public and numerous celebrities. What hasn't changed is the steaks: Midwest-raised, corn-fed, U.S.D.A. Prime- and Choice-grade beef distinctively good enough to be featured in magazines and on TV. The menu is, of course, a vegetarian's nightmare.”


Cheever’s Cafe
2409 N Hudson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Elegant bistro offering upscale Southwestern & Southern cuisine plus cocktails & wines.


Rose Room
2220 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

An eclectic twist on creole cooking with innovative craft cocktails within Howard Brothers Florist. Great atmosphere for good conversation, great drinks and wonderful food.


Frida Southwest
500 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Contemporary, light-filled destination whipping up elevated Southwestern-inspired plates.


The Copley
610 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

If you’re looking for a spot to start your day, make sure to try arrive early and try the apple pie oatmeal, sweet jalapeno grilled cheese, or house breakfast burrito.


Oregon: Salem

Archive Coffee & Bar
102 Liberty St NE #120, Salem, OR 97301

Specialty coffee by day. Cocktail bar by night. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served daily. 7am – 10pm/midnight.


Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails
130 High St SE, Salem, OR 97301

Epilogue is one of the best restaurant in Salem. Their cocktails can’t be beat. The food is incredible and you can tell how much time and care they put into everything they do.


Sassy Onion State Street
1244 State St, Salem, OR 97301

Convenient location. Laid-back eatery serving American lunch & breakfast bites like French toast, burgers & wraps.



Pennsylvania: Harrisburg

Cafe Fresco Center City
215 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Stylish bistro & bar specializing in creative combinations of Asian & American flavors.


Arepa House
404 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Mouthwatering arepas & authentic Venezuelan fare in Harrisburg’s Capitol District.


Yellow Bird Cafe
1320 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102

Homey coffeehouse featuring java, breakfast grub, sandwiches & salads, plus works by local artists.


The Millworks
340 Verbeke St, Harrisburg, PA 17102

Lofty space built with reclaimed timber featuring a full bar, art galleries & farm-fresh local fare.



Rhode Island: Providence

Hemenway's Restaurant
121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903

Local seafood & noted wine list in an airy dining room with a wall of windows alongside the river.


Al Forno
577 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903

Chef-owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon create artfully simple and cerebral renditions of food rooted in the various regional cuisines of Italy and Southern France, re-crafted to integrate the products of New England farms and waters. What we respect most about Al Forno is the attention to detail; dining feels casual, but comes with all the perks of the Big Picture: a great wine list, well-schooled servers and a menu without weakness. Full menu served at the bar.


Olneyville New York System
18 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909

Have you ever had a Rhode Island-style hot dog? I'm sorry - a wiener! Never call it a hot dog here..Simple option serving classic American grub including hot dogs, burgers & fries.


The George on Washington St.
121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

The George is in the former Local 121 in what was the Dreyfus Hotel. A refined eatery with a piano lounge attracts diners with a menu of American comfort food, moderate prices, distinctive cocktails, a lovely setting and music. He will play his baby grand Steinway several nights a week.


194 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

Possibly the best restaurant in Providence. Cozy spot for upscale, locally sourced New American cuisine, with fixed-price menu options.


Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen
120 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

Wonderful simple old world Italian dining. Service was top notch, everyone was very friendly and wasn't just helpful, they make you feel at home. The atmosphere was very relaxing and classy. The food was superb, made exactly the way you want it. They are more than happy to do special requests.


Small Point Café
230 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

Simple, healthy, good. Great quick breakfast or coffee option downtown.



South Carolina: Columbia

Hal’s Chophouse
1221 Main St #150, Columbia, SC 29201

Popular steakhouse serving choice cuts of beef & locally sourced seafood in sophisticated surrounds.


Motor Supply Company Bistro
920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

The daily-changing menu at this stalwart of the Columbia dining scene highlights the best of what local farmers and purveyors have to offer, worked into eclectic dishes that span European to Asian influences. The artsy interior (a former engine parts building, on the National Register of Historic Places) and thoughtful service make it a standout.


Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe
2001 Greene St A, Columbia, SC 29205

Who knew that barbecue sauce could be the base for such tasty salad dressing or that pimento cheese could elevate a fillet to near perfection? Appetizers of fried pickles and country ham–spinach dip only add to the creative thinking that makes Mr. Friendly's such a local treasure. The ever-changing wine-by-the-glass menu is another.


Immaculate Consumption
933 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

Excellent coffee, great breakfast, super nice staff. There's tons of seating and it's a really comfortable place to sit and chat or get some work done on your laptop. Highly recommend.



South Dakota: Pierre

La Minestra
106 E Dakota Ave, Pierre, SD 5750

Gourmet pizza, traditional Italian cuisine & cocktails offered in a relaxed restaurant.


Myril Arch’s Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse
29608 SD-34, Pierre, SD 57501

The Cattleman's Club steakhouse was established in 1986 by Myril Arch, a rancher from the Pierre area. There is still sawdust on the floor, a reminder of the days when carpeting was too expensive. People from all over the world have visited and enjoyed steaks, prime rib and burgers. All with a great view of the Missouri River. They are open Monday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m.


Branding Iron Bistro
420 W Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

Good coffee. Pleasant atmosphere. An upscale coffee stop with all the standards and some local treats. A nice lunch menu too.



Tennessee: Nashville

Arnold’s Country Kitchen
605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

A true mom-and-pop joint. Arnold's Country Kitchen is basically a glorified cafeteria—albeit, one with a James Beard classic award (one of two in the city). The line often wraps around the building, but the Southern-style "meat and three" is worth the wait.


Sun Diner
105 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Classic Southern favorites & breakfast specialties served in a nostalgic Sun Records–themed diner.


Prince’s Hot Chicken
5055 Broadway Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

Casual counter-serve restaurant dishing up spicy chicken staples & classic sides.


303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201

Big, bold, global flavors are the order of the day here. The open design and wraparound stainless steel countertops are like a dimly-lit chef’s kitchen. Patrons are a healthy mix of old money and C-level executives. Chef Deb Paquette is beloved among Nashville foodies for her use of global flavors. Her menu bounces around from strawberry chipotle jam alongside her catfish to smoked fig yogurt and ginger grits on the plate with her lamb loin.


5th & Taylor
1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

This gorgeously converted warehouse, with a sumptuous menu and serene vibe, remains a relatively undiscovered Nashville gem, for now.


The 404 Kitchen
507 12th Ave S Fl 2, Nashville, TN 37203

James Beard-nominated chef Matt Bolus has created a can't-miss Gulch hotspot thanks to colorful sharing plates and a downstairs whiskey bar. On any given night, tables are filled with a mix of Gulch-resident food snobs and out-of-towners.



Texas: Austin

Louie Mueller BBQ
206 W 2nd St, Taylor, TX 76574

Classic barbecue joint serving ribs, sausage, brisket, poultry & steaks in airy, rustic space.


1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

Southern fare is elevated with farm-fresh ingredients & modern plating in elegant refurbished home.


Barley Swine
6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757

Foodie hot spot serving a fixed-price menu with seasonal American small plates & a deep beer list.


621 Congress Ave. Suite 101, Austin, TX 78701

From the mood to the menus, Caroline is a heart-of-Austin hot spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner and house-made goodness.


2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702

Gourmet New American fare served in a polished cafe space in a converted gas station/Laundromat.


Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
301 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78701

Eddie V's Prime Seafood brings an experience filled with Seafood, Steaks and Rhythm, with a menu emphasis on top of the catch prime seafood creations, USDA prime beef and chops, and fresh oyster bar selections. The restaurant is set in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere accented with a palette of sultry earth tones occasionally interrupted by bold colored artwork and mixed wood finishes.



Utah: Salt Lake City

Ruth’s Diner
4160 Emigration Canyon Rd, Emigration Canyon, UT 84108

Historic diner in a trolley car serving American fare in a scenic locale with canyon views.


Log Haven
6451 Mill Creek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Log Haven is recognized as one of Utah's favorite destinations for fine dining. Located in a storied log mansion offering New American fare, fine wines & scenic views.


Oasis Cafe
151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Quaint eatery serving creative fare & veggie options in an art-filled setting with a lush patio. Great breakfast option.


Red Iguana
736 W N Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Bustling, family-run Mexican cafe serving signature mole plus traditional & gluten-free favorites.


The Copper Onion
111 E Broadway #170, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The Copper Onion is a urban chic establishment providing a gastronomic view on contemporary cuisine. Utah native and former NYC chef Ryan Lowder brings his experience and know-how from the Concrete Jungle to the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, showing guests his personal take on New American cuisine. Right across the street from The Broadway Theatre, frequent theater goers head to Copper Onion's lively dining room or bar before or after the show. Four different menus are offered at Copper Onion depending on the time: brunch, lunch, late afternoon, and dinner, which provides a different taste at anytime of the day. The downtown scene and The Copper Onion pair well together, offering specialty cocktails made by knowledgeable bartenders who are experienced in their craft.


418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Upscale American eats & craft cocktails are offered in chic, contemporary digs with mood lighting.



Vermont: Montpelier

J Morgan’s Steakhouse
100 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602

High-end hotel steakhouse/bar with modern decor, known for prime cuts & Sunday brunch.


Wilaiwan's Kitchen
34 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602

One of the best lunches anywhere in Vermont, or perhaps the world. The three weekly menu options provide plenty of variety and each one is always worth trying.


Oakes & Evelyn
52 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602

Top-notch dining experience, with excellent service. Great environment, with an open kitchen serving as the back of the restaurant.


The Skinny Pancake Montpelier
89 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602

Local chain featuring breakfast, crepes, panini & live music in a casual, stylish space. Great breakfast option near the state capitol building.



Virginia: Richmond

Sally Bell’s Kitchen
2337 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Circa-1926 bakeshop providing pies, tarts, bread & cupcakes as well as popular boxed lunches.


626 China St, Richmond, VA 23220

Playful, sophisticated spins on French cuisine & craft cocktails in an eclectic, art-filled space.


Millie’s Diner
2603 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223

Though diner decor remains, this reincarnated eatery serves seasonal eclectic fare & unusual wines.


111 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219

Creative Jewish deli bites & dinners served in a funky, retro eatery decorated with old photos.


Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219

Industrial-chic seafood outfit offering a big oyster bar plus craft cocktails & beer in airy digs.


Capitol Waffle Shop
1110 E Main St Ste B, Richmond, VA 23219

Creative or custom toppings are piled atop waffles & paired with coffee or cocktails in comfy digs.



Washington: Olympia

Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar
501 Columbia St NW Suite B, Olympia, WA 98501

Waterfront eatery with locally sourced New American fare & a robust wine list in relaxed quarters.


Gardner's Restaurant
111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501

Elegant American restaurant with a warm & cozy interior serving locally sourced fish & more.


Uptown Grill
514 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501

Vibrant choice offering diverse American cuisine, craft cocktails & family-style entrees.


Dancing Goats Downtown Olympia
550 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501

Great option for a quick early morning meeting. Grab a delicious coffee or breakfast sandwich on your way to the Capitol.



West Virginia: Charleston

Noah's Restaurant & Lounge
129 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25301

Noah's Restaurant & Lounge (formerly Noah’s Eclectic Bistro) is a small restaurant located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Chef Noah features a weekly ever changing menu offering the freshest, seasonal ingredients possible. Due to the size, reservations are strongly recommended.


Swiftwater Cafe
405 Capitol St #105, Charleston, WV 25301

Laid-back diner serving up classic daytime eats, including eggs, bacon, sandwiches & salads.


Bear's Den
405 Capitol St, Charleston, WV 25301

Low-key spot in a historic building with homestyle American fare, plus lunch specials & happy hours.


1010 Bridge
1010 Bridge Rd, Charleston, WV 25314

One of the best meals available in Charleston. Think farm-to-table meets global indulgences.



Wisconsin: Madison

L'Etoile Restaurant
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703

Located on the capital square in Madison, Wisconsin, L'Etoile is an upscale, award-winning, farm-to-table spot serving French-inspired American fare, wine & cocktails in an airy venue.


Eno Vino
1 N Webster St, Madison, WI 53703

Eno Vino, atop the AC Hotel in downtown Madison, pairs delicious tapas and small plates with gorgeous Capitol views. Choose from either the ninth floor outdoor lounge or the tenth-floor indoor restaurant – both overlook the Capitol and provide views of our beautiful lakes. And psst, ladies, be sure to check out view from the women’s bathroom!


Parthenon Gyros
316 State St, Madison, WI 53703

One of the few spots to nosh on Greek food in the area, Parthenon has tasty gyros (made in all kinds of ways) served up with fast-casual realness. Don't forget to head upstairs for the second-story rooftop patio and transport to a Greek getaway for your lunch or dinner. Try the Greek Fries -- crispy golden brown fries dusted in Greek spices and loaded with feta cheese!


617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703

Hip bistro with creative French fare & a lively bar in a former warehouse with Lake Monona views.


Short Stack Eatery
301 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703

Local diner for gourmet breakfast eats.Offering elevated breakfast favorites, milkshakes & Bloody Mary's.



Wyoming: Cheyenne

Luxury Diner
1401 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY 82001

Causal diner dishing up breakfast, burgers & sandwiches, plus specialties including apple pie.


The Albany
506 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001

Where locals go to eat. American eats are served at this casual bar & lounge with plenty of seating & on-site liquor mart.


1901 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001

Simple, family-run restaurant, featuring classic Italian dishes.




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