Zagat Picks USA’s Most Iconic Restaurants – Part 2
I believe that famous, iconic restaurants tell you a lot about the place you are visiting, not just places for great food. Dining in iconic restaurants is one of the great joys of traveling. If you are regularly traveling on short trips, it can become time consuming to constantly have to look up good places to grab a meal. Plus you want to go “the” restaurant that best epitomizes the special cuisine of the area. If you want a first-class meal it’s always good to follow Zagat’s recommendations. Tim Zagat created a list of 15 American “iconic” restaurants and says that they were selected to “embody the essence of each city”. Travelers return consistently to these cities’ iconic restaurants. These are places where a famous dish, local cuisine, decor, service or history makes an out-of-towner feel as though they’re a part of the city or even a regular customer. Even a chain restaurant can be iconic. Please contact us to add an “iconic” restaurant of your own. Check out this list and call us to check on air and hotel availability and best prices for you. If you have an iconic restaurant to add to this list, please contact me at: 203-221-3171, 888-499-7245, email us at: email@example.com
Restaurant guidebook and online publisher Zagat names iconic restaurants in or near 15 major cities. The cost is the average for dinner for one person with a drink and a tip:
Galatoire’s Restaurant, $64
Even after 100 years, ageless New Orleans favorites grace her menu just as they did in 1905. Galatoire’s traditions have been preserved with little change through the decades. This restaurant wins multiple awards every year.
The Four Seasons, $102
Credited with introducing seasonally-changing menus to America, The Four Seasons opened in 1959 and is one of the most talked about restaurants in the world. The Pool Room is airy and romantic and serves an a la carte menu of what New York Magazine called “surprisingly adventurous new flavors and marvelous pairings,” as well as the deal-of-the-decade $59 three-course menu that changes seasonally to satisfy any palate. Known for its legendary power lunch, the Grill Room is more masculine with luminous French walnut-paneled walls and soaring two-story windows. It features an unfussy menu of Maryland crabmeat cakes, burgers, perfectly grilled fish, impressive rack of lamb and the filet of bison that GQ Magazine gave its “dish of the year” award.
Victoria & Albert’s, $136
The ultimate in fine dining at the Walt Disneyworld Resort and one of the finest restaurants in the Southeast, Victoria & Albert’s features Modern American cuisine with exquisite products sourced from around the world – truffles from Italy, the finest caviar, fresh herbs from Ohio, beef from Japan, poulet rouge from North Carolina, oysters from North Florida. Recipient of AAA’s highest achievement, the Five Diamond Award, “Forbes Travel Guide” Four Star rating and glowing reviews from Zagat and others, the restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa evokes another era when dining was an elegant ritual.
City Tavern, $41
This restaurant gives off the experience of an authentic 18th century American culinary history. The City Tavern’s goal is to interpret and deliver the culinary experience inspired by the customs and foods of the 18th century Colonial America. The tavern has won various awards and is one of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants.
Jake’s Famous Crawfish, $38
Considered one of the top ten seafood restaurants in the nation and has been a downtown landmark for Portland for more than 110 years. Enjoy salmon roasted on a cedar plank, Oregon Dungeness crab, Chinook salmon stuffed with crab, shrimp and brie, great pastas, poultry dishes and an excellent selection of prime steaks. The bar at Jake’s Famous Crawfish has long been a popular gathering spot with visitors and locals.
Swan Oyster Depot, $35
Well known for their fresh seafood since 1912. The Swan Oyster Depot has the feel of history, family, and great food. This restaurant is a fish market that any seafood lover must visit.
Old Ebbitt Grill, $32
Old Ebbitt Grill is just steps from The White House and museums in downtown Washington. Established in 1856, it was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt and is still a popular meeting spot for political insiders, journalists, celebrities and theatergoers.
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