Serving Boston since 1960, Mr. Bartley's is most famous for its gourmet burgers, each packed with 7 ounces of fresh ground beef. With burgers like “The Justin Bieber” with blue cheese and hot sauce, to “The Hashtag” with Boursin cheese and bacon, good luck picking a favorite.
Don’t miss Fried Chicken Night at Watershed in Atlanta. A pioneer in Atlanta’s farm-to-table movement, Watershed offers authentic local cuisine done with local ingredients.
Back in the day, Gilley's in Portsmouth, NH, was a lunch cart towed by a horse. Today, its location is permanent, but Gilley’s retains its charm, still serving the burgers and hot dogs that drew hungry patrons back in the ’40s.
This work in progress, a plate of steak and potatoes mid-meal, is what Idle Spurs in Barstow, CA, is known for. Drawing visitors to Route 66 since the 1950s, Idle Spurs is the place to go for a good steak.
A shot of the menu at Bunk Sandwiches, a Portland institution offering sandwiches for any palate. From pork belly Cubanos to Russian fries topped with Russian dressing and caramelized onions, Bunk’s menu is always expanding.
No visit to Maryland is complete without diving into a bushel of steamed crabs with a couple of cold beers, and look no further than Cantler’s to check this off your list. Located right by the waterfront in historic downtown Annapolis, MD, Cantler’s has been feeding the locals since 1974.
Feed your sweet tooth at Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier in Madison, WI. Sourcing her own cacao to create single-origin chocolates, Gail Ambrosius makes what Alton Brown has called, “the holy grail of chocolate.”
It’s hard to miss the White Knight Diner in St. Louis. This vintage diner pays homage to the ’50s with its retro décor and simple menu featuring timeless cheeseburgers.
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room in Savannah, GA, is the epitome of family-style dining. With a different menu everyday, platters of food are set out to be shared among the tables set for 10. Get to know a stranger while indulging in Southern comfort food.
The Bacon Bomb at Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub in Chicago is 5 pounds of ground sausage, pork and beef wrapped in a brown-sugar bacon weave. Chow down on the whole thing by yourself in 45 minutes, and Paddy Long fame can be yours.