Café Du Monde
800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
A New Orleans institution since 1862, Café du Monde is the original coffee shop. Open 24 hours a day and closed only on Christmas, the menu features classic New Orleans coffee with chicory, the root of the endive plant which lends body and an almost chocolate flavor to the coffee, and beignets, French-style square doughnuts generously dusted with powdered sugar.
713 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Established in 1840, Antoine's is the country's oldest family-run restaurant. This historic French Quarter eatery boasts 14 dining rooms which each have a distinct décor and personality, and combined can accommodate more than 700 guests. The likes of Hellen Keller, Walt Disney, President Roosevelt, and Pope John Paul II have noshed on classic dishes like Oysters Rockefeller and the football-sized baked Alaska.
4330 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Established in 1919 by Joe Casamento, this New Orleans landmark is the go-to place for oysters in New Orleans. Casamento’s is renowned for its oyster loaf, a dish that sandwiches succulent deep-fried oysters between two thick slices of Casamento’s signature “pan bread,” baked fresh in-house every day.
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Domilise Sandwich Shop
5240 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
This neighborhood sandwich joint has been turning out incredible po’ boy sandwiches for decades. Dot, the legendary host at Domilise’s, ensures that your food and experience will be perfect. Order your po’ boy “half and half” to sample fried shrimp and oysters, and wash it down with an ice cold root beer.
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Modern New Orleans meets historic Creole in the cuisine and ambiance of this New Orleans institution. Opened in 1880 in the post-Civil War climate, Commander’s Palace has a rich history that encapsulates the antebellum period and both American and Creole traditions. Today, Commander’s Palace is known for its cuisine’s blend of traditional New Orleans with modern accents — don’t miss the “Foie Gras du Monde” or the infamous bread pudding.
Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream Parlor
214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Angelo Brocato, an Italian immigrant from Palermo, Sicily began working in ice cream over a century ago in Italy. The present-day Brocato family is the third generation to run Angelo Brocato’s, which transports customers back to the fashionable Sicilian parlor with its nostalgic atmosphere and traditional recipes for delicious Italian ice cream.
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Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tradition reigns supreme at this well-preserved Hollywood eatery, known for its classic American cuisine and style. Established in 1919 and serving the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Orson Wells, and John O’Hara, Musso & Frank Grill demands respect as one of Los Angeles’ untouched treasures from another time.
1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Since 1923, El Cholo has been serving up Los Angeles’ most scrumptious green corn tamales and mouthwatering margaritas. El Cholo also served the first nachos in California in 1956, and apparently has a few fans: in 1996, El Cholo sold its 1,000,000,000th tortilla!
Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Since 1939, hungry individuals following the scent of meaty chili and warm hot dog buns have made their way to Pink’s, on the corner of Melrose and La Brea. High quality and amazing service are Pink’s two hallmarks – a Pink’s hot dog is generally ordered, prepared, and delivered to the customer in less than thirty seconds! Don’t visit without chowing down Pink’s signature dog, an all-beef frank, generously topped with steaming chili, mustard and diced onions.
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32 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
In 1905, Lombardi's was licensed by the City of New York, becoming America's first pizzeria. In the early decades that followed, Lombardi’s tomato pie was a popular lunch for workers of Italian descent who brought the pies, wrapped in paper and tied with string, to their work sites. Today, crafted in the traditional Neapolitan style, this authentic pie is known for its smoky crust: a charred, near black exterior with pleasantly bitter overtones that gives way to a soft, yeasty interior.
21 W 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
As New York City’s oldest restaurant named for its street number, “21” is a New York institution. During the Prohibition era, this speakeasy was raided by federal agents; however, the agents never found the wine cellar hidden behind a secret door, which today is one of New York City’s most exclusive private dining rooms. With delicious American cuisine and a “clubby” décor and vibe, it’s no surprise that nearly every American president since FDR has made a visit to “21.”
205 E Houston Street, New York, NY 10002
In 1888, a Russian immigrant family established Katz’s Deli on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Without refrigeration, Katz’s preserved their meats by pickling, smoking, and other preserving methods which yielded an incredibly unique and flavorful product. Today, people wait in long lines to share in this tradition and devour delectable (and generously portioned) sandwiches and platters.
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179 E 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
Greek immigrant Gus Poulos opened his first store in 1932, selling tropical frozen fruit drinks. When Gus tried to impress a young German woman on his new roller skates, but fell and injured himself, the young woman, Birdie, took pity on him and helped Gus through his recuperation. This included a tour of several German restaurants, where he fell in love with the frankfurter. Birdie and Gus soon married, and the frankfurter took a regular spot on the menu at Gus’ Papaya King – a uniquely American original eat spot where you can grab a frank, smoothie and many other tempting noshes.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10017
Grand Central Oyster Bar opened in 1913 on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal and has become a destination for tourists and locals alike for the many different varieties of fresh oysters available every day. With its fresh seafood, vaulted ceilings and architectural grandness of another time, Grand Central Oyster Bar is not to be missed.
Peter Luger Steakhouse
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A Brooklyn landmark, Peter Luger Steakhouse has been serving the finest steaks since 1887. Only choice cuts of USDA PRIME well-marbled meat from the American Midwest are selected for service at this Brooklyn steakhouse which Zagat raves is, “simply put – the world’s best.”