The Originals Restaurant List

Follow Emeril to each of the historic restaurant spots that have become American food icons.

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Mary Mac's Tea Room
224 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-1800
The only tea room to have survived since the 1940s, go for the made-from-scratch Southern food and don't leave without ordering a plate of fried chicken and glass of sweet tea to wash it down.

Busy Bee Cafe
810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
Coveted for its authentic Southern soul food, the Busy Bee almost always has a line coming out of its subdued storefront, but that don't let that discourage you. Their worldclass fried chicken, marinated pork chops and other Southern delicacies are well worth the wait — just ask the locals.

Horseradish Grill
4320 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 255-7277
The city's oldest continously operating restaurant was also the first to grow and serve its own organic vegetables. Its charming Southern barn decor pairs perfectly with the simply prepared, upscale Southern food that has kept patrons coming back since it opened 80 years ago.

New York

Il Vagabondo
351 E 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021
(212) 832-9221
This historic Italian eatery began in 1968 as a place for locals to gather for an espresso and a game of bocce. Today, Il Vagabondo still offers visitors the chance to play a game of bocce, plus dishes up a full menu of classic Italian eats like veal parmigiana.

Keens Steakhouse
72 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636
Established in 1885, Keens’ historic “Pipe Club” once boasted such famous members as Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and John Barrymore. Don’t leave without ordering a Keens signature mutton chop, about which James Beard raved, “Its essential muttony flavor puts everyday chops momentarily in the pale.”

King Yum
18108 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
(718) 380-1918
From Cantonese to Szechwan to Hunan, this Chinese-American landmark run by the Eng family can’t be beat. Opened in 1953, King Yum serves up delicious classics like wonton soup and orange beef, but also features innovative new dishes with modern flair.


Gene and Georgetti
500 N Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 527-3718
Founded in 1941, Gene and Georgetti exemplifies the classic steakhouse, giving diners the taste and feel of old Chicago. Opened by Italian immigrants and still owned by the founding family, this original Italian steakhouse offers "man-sized" portions of its signature "wet-aged" meat with old school charm.

Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern
1655 N Sedgwick Street, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 266-1616 
Since its founding in 1932, this local tavern has been known throughout Chicago for its succulent baby back ribs and neighborhood appeal. A Chicago institution, Twin Anchors was a favorite of Frank Sinatra, has been featured in plays and on sitcoms, and was even the setting for a scene in the 2008 major motion picture The Dark Knight.

The Berghoff
17 W Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170
One of the oldest family run businesses in the nation, this historic tavern has provided its patrons with authentic German-American culture and cuisine for over 110 years. Opened in 1898, Berghoff has been serving up its legendary corned beef sandwiches and signature Berghoff root beer to happy customers ever since.

Tobacco Road
626 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130
(305) 374-1198
In continuous service since 1912, Tobacco Road is Miami’s oldest bar. Known for its hopping music scene, legendary cheeseburger, and sweet specials (like Tuesday Lobster Nights), this Miami landmark has a colorful checkered history including time as a speakeasy, gay bar, gambling den, blues bar and strip club.

Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0365
Miami natives are grateful that the original Joe and his wife Jennie, both Hungarian-born, moved on a doctor’s recommendation from New York City to Miami to improve Joe’s asthma. In 1913, the pair opened a small lunch stand that would eventually become a bustling full-service restaurant and Miami seafood landmark.

Casa Larios
7705 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33144
(305) 266-5494
While Casa Larios might be known for being the birthplace of singer Gloria Estefan’s career, this cantina is really famous for its delicious and authentic Cuban cuisine. Regular diners at Casa Larios savor delicacies like the signature bisteca de palomilla, a tenderized steak fried to perfection and topped with a parsley and onion salsa.




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