Wherever you are, whether in your hometown or traveling, knowing a few good restaurants is always welcomed. Regardless of whether the reason is a lack of time, lack of cooking skills, a special occasion, or you are simply a tourist, when you decide to eat out, you need to eat well.
Restaurants used to be sit-and-eat places where food was served by a waiter. Today, this type of restaurants is just one category known as ‘formal’ or ‘family-style’. Food places have evolved into so many types and varieties that provide a vast diversity of foods and serving styles. They are categorized according to a number of factors, including the food they serve (for instance, vegan, vegetarian, pancakes, steak), the national cuisine (Italian, Chinese, Mexican) and the style of serving (tapas bar, buffet restaurant).
Other factors include popularity of food they serve (pizza restaurants or sushi restaurants), the number of people they are able to serve at once (crowd restaurants), the time of day they serve the food (lunch or dinner restaurants), or speed (fast food).
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Ethnic restaurants offer dishes from national cuisines all over the world. You can stick with the most popular Chinese and Italian cuisine, or explore new tastes in the following categories.
Amawele, San Francisco, California
Financial District, SoMa, South Beach101 Spear St. San Francisco, CA 94105
This restaurant offers South African recipes, using traditional cooking techniques and high-quality ingredients. The star of the menu is Bunny Chow, a South African curry served in a freshly-hollowed bread bowl with pickled carrots on the side.
Red Lion British Pub, Houston, Texas
2316 S Shepherd Dr. Houston, TX 77019
This is a place where you can drink beer with your friends or have delicious food at date night. Always crowded and lively, the place offers specials for each day of the week, including British classics like fish & chips and shepherd's pie.
Munchie’s, South Orange, New Jersey
307c Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
If you are a fan of spicy and flavorful dishes, Munchies is just for you. This affordable restaurant is known for authentic dishes like the spicy jerk chicken and sorrel, but it also offers more avant-garde foods, like oxtails.
Beograd Café, Chicago, Ilinois
2933 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618
This restaurant offers the best food from Eastern Europe and the Balkans – hearty, fatty and fulfilling Burek pies, found in meaty and vegetarian variations, huge chocolate cream crepes with all sorts of toppings, as well as fresh salads and delicious minced meat dishes.
China Village, Phoenix, Arizona
2710 E Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016
Don’t judge a place by the way it looks! China Village is nothing special on the outside (or on the inside), but when it comes to food – it rocks! The staff is so nice, they will let you try as many things as you want from their meaty and vegetarian menus. Try the sweet-and-spicy pineapple shrimp dish, crab puff, and Kung pow chicken.
Restaurant August, New Orleans, Louisiana
301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Restaurant August received a flagship by celebrity chef John Besh, which should be quite enough to steer you in its direction. Everything about the place is classy and in style, just as you would expect from a French product. The food is excellent, especially the foie gras and shrimp Étouffée. Don’t forget to order some fine French wine!
Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
718 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
People who have tried food in Germany swear that this place offers original reproductions of the most famous dishes from this country, like liverwurst and spaetzli, that come in huge portions. Don’t forget to order an original German beer, preferably on draft, or have it included in your meal (hint: beer cheese soup).
Padeli’s, Salt Lake City, Utah
30 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
The long line of people waiting to be served in this cozy and hip restaurant is the best proof of how delicious the food is. Don’t be afraid to queue, the line moves fast and the meal will make it worth your while. Try the gyro pitas and dolmades, but don’t forget to order Greek salad with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce.
Star of India, Fort Collins, Colorado
2900 Harvard St. Fort Collins, CO 80525
Everybody needs a spicy Indian dish from time to time, even those on restrictive diets. This restaurant offers numerous dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan varieties of the most popular Indian foods. The best part is that you get to choose the hotness intensity from their spice spectrum. Needless to say, the servers are extremely patient and nice while explaining all this to you!
Toscana, Fargo, North Dakota
202 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102
Who doesn’t like Italian food? Pizzas and pasta are not the only things you can eat in this restaurant (though they are excellent). Try other foods that Italian cuisine has to offer, like pork loin alla mela, tortelloni alla vodka or coquille. It is also worth mentioning that all the sauces are gluten-free, which makes this places accessible even to the pickiest foodies.
Mr. Dooley's Irish Pub, Boston, Massachusetts
77 Broad St. Boston, MA 02109
Two thousand miles away from Ireland and this place still manages to kick a..! Try the trio sampler of the house specialties: shepherd’s pie, a Guinness beef stew, and country Cottage pie. You know how Irish people like to drink Guinness beer? Well, they also like splashing it on meat while it is being grilled. Real comfort food!
Fujiyama, Boise, Idaho
283 N Milwaukee St. Boise, ID 83704
The place serves great sushi topped with delicious sauces, as well as Chirashi bowls made with fresh fish and served on top of sticky rice. The star on the menu is the "Love Boat for Two", a big boat (literally) filled with over twenty pieces of fresh sashimi along with ten pieces of assorted sushi with manhattan, rainbow, salmon roll, yellowtail roll, and tuna roll.
Mi Tierra Authentic Mexican Restaurant & Bakery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
329 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
‘Great restaurant with timely service and friendly staff’ is the short sum up of this Mi Tierra. As for the food, any Mexican dish that comes to mind is served here in its authentic and utterly delicious form – try burrito with guacamole, Cali burrito with oozing cheese, polo loco taco, and nachos with salsa.
Los Gallegos, Miami, Florida
6549 Bird Rd. Miami, FL 33155
Los Gallegos is not one of those restaurants that only serve tapas! This family owned neighborhood restaurant has been around for over 30 years and really knows its business! Here you will get a five-star treatment and a rich menu that is packed with delicious and fresh Spanish appetizers and entrees.
The Regent, Washington DC
1910 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Regent offers a completely authentic experience, from the cozy décor to the amazing exotic food, which is fresh, flavorful and really spicy, just as you would expect from Thai cuisine. We recommend the Basil Jae, Massaman Curry, and Phi Phi Island, along with some original Thai tea.
Pho King, New York City, New York
111 Church St, New York, NY 10007
Homey décor, very quick and attentive service and delicious, affordable food. To quote one of the many happy customers “The Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich was pho-king good!” Try also the flank and brisket pho, as well as catfish tacos.
Cafes are informal restaurants offering hot meals and sandwiches. They are mostly focused on breakfast menus and many of them offer outdoor seating.
#18 Holler and Dash, Nashville, Tennessee
203 Franklin Rd. Ste 120, Brentwood, TN 37027
Nothing says comfort like one of the most authentic Southern foods – biscuit. And this place serves big, fluffy biscuits, with traditional or creative toppings along with refreshing hand-made sodas and some strong and hot coffee.
#19 The Egg and I, Cheyenne, Wyoming
2300 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001
The best place to get eggs in a number of different varieties, from scramble to benedict and sunny side up. However, eggs are not the only food this café offers. Try their ranch potatoes and waffles, as well as the coffee.
Buffets are restaurants with fewer waiters who serve drinks and beverages, whereas the customers serve their own portions.
#20 Double 10 Mini Hot Pot, Madison Wisconsin
1272 S Park St. Madison, WI 53715
This restaurant offers Chinese menu, as well as a wide range of vegetarian-friendly dishes. What makes it different from competitors is that it allows each diner have their own mini pot and a buffet selection to make their own sauces, thus preventing any unwanted flavor mixes.
Of course, we need to mention fast food restaurants, even though, considering their popularity, there is a special section on our site dedicated exclusively to fast food. Just type ‘fast food places near me’ and you’ll be offered a wide array of restaurants that serve burgers, French fries, and hot dogs. Here we offer just one randomly selected venue to make your mouth water.
#21 In-and-Out Burger, Las Vegas, Nevada
2900 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Even though the place is packed from early morning, the service is very fast (as the name suggests) and the food is absolutely awesome. Try their famous Double Double, and the well -known French fries, always fresh and made from scratch!
Fast food is certainly one of the most popular food types in the States, but it is not the only one. Pizza anyone?
#22 Tony’s Pizzeria Teatro, Boise, Idaho
105 N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702
With its great location and atmosphere that reminds you of Woody Allen’s films, this pizza restaurant is well-loved by people in Boise. However, location is not the only attractive thing about Tony’s. The pizzas are said to have the best thin, oven-fired crust, and come along with a selection of fine wines on the menu. Try also their antipasto and tiramisu.
Not all of us fancy decadent, high-calorie food. Whether you are on a restrictive diet, follow a food regimen, or simply need a change of routine, you need to know a few good healthy food restaurants around you.
#23 Divya’s Kitchen, New York City, New York
25 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
This restaurant offers an incredibly diverse menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. Even though most of the food is Indian, the place also offers fusion from several popular cuisines. Don’t forget to order their coconut carob cake.
#24 Plumeria Vegetarian, San Diego, California
4661 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
Besides delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, Plumeria also offers flavorful and authentic Thai dishes, as well as amazing desserts. Try the chicken satay, spicy noodle, mock duck, and flower cups.
#25 Honey Hi, Los Angeles, California
1620 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Honey Hi offers healthy, tasty and clean food served in a relaxed setting. This small trendy place really tries to accommodate any diet restrictions and always uses excellent quality ingredients in its flavorful foods.
The restaurants mentioned on the list above are in the category of casual restaurants, which are informal and serve food at affordable prices. However, there are restaurants that serve more refined meals along with fine wines, served by highly-trained and polished staff. This type of restaurants is more expensive and usually require a formal dress-code. So, if you plan to impress your date (and have a rather deep pocket), here is where to go.
#26 WP24, Los Angeles, California
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
WP24 is a fancy venue owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and serves the best of Chinese cuisine. This super-fancy restaurant is located on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles, which guarantees great view (great food and service are implied).
#27 El Gaucho, Portland, Oregon
319 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
This elegant, old-school restaurant is located in the Benson Hotel and is known for serving the best steaks in the city, along with special features such as cigar bar and tableside service extras. Reservations are a must, especially on Saturday night.
#28 Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Omaha, Nebraska
13665 California St. Omaha, NE 68154
MPS is an upscale chain restaurant branch which serves prime seafood and beef but is also well-known for the amazing desserts. Its elegant interior and the cozy fireplace make it a perfect venue for a romantic date night.
#29 Mickey Mantle's, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
7 S Mickey Mantle Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Opened in 2000 on the iconic Mickey Mantle Drive, this fancy dining restaurant serves the best steaks and seafood. The menu contains gluten-free items, as well as a long wine list featuring rare vintage bottles. Guests will enjoy the warm atmosphere and a cigar bar in sophisticated surrounds.
#30 Max Downtown, Hartford, Connecticut
185 Asylum St. Hartford, CT 06103
The Hartford branch is considered the classiest of the Max restaurants chain. The place is quite upscale and attracts a formal business-dressed crowd. It is known for its prime seafood and meat, the long list of fine wines, and great cocktails.
#31 Osteria 177, Annapolis, Maryland
177 Main St. Annapolis, MD 21401
The restaurant is often called a ‘surprise in the heart of Annapolis’ and is known for its great service. It offers the best of the northern Italian cuisine along with classic American dishes, great wines, cocktails, as well as novelties like gluten-free menu items. Great choice for special occasions, but don’t forget to make a reservation because it is crowded most of the time.