BY WENDY HUNG
Yesterday, Zagat released a list of America’s Most Iconic Restaurants. Fifteen restaurants in different cities across the country are now answers to the ultimate question: where would you go if you could have one meal in this city?
Quite a few that made the list were predictable: Spago in Los Angeles, Alan Wong’s in Hawaii, Galatoire’s in New Orleans. Meanwhile, some choices left us wondering if locals would disagree. We were surprised that none of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants were selected for the city of Boston. Although we love Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC (our exclusive interview with Julian will publish this week,) we wonder if a restaurant as legendary as Le Cirque came close in the final cut. In San Francisco, Swan’s is definitely a local gem, but would San Franciscans recommend another Bay Area icon for the list?
It’s always fun to wonder, but here’s the complete list of iconic restaurants that made the cut!
Atlanta: The Colonnade describes itself as “offering exceptional service, Southern fried chicken, fresh fish, and fresh country vegetables. Our family0owned-and-operated restaurant is dedicated to quality and friendly dining.” Apparently, their homemade yeast rolls are complete musts! The Colonnade is located on: 1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE, Atlanta; 404-874-5642
Austin: The Salt Lick is “delighted to share our world-renowned Bar-B-Que with you – alongside an extra portion of Texas Hill Country hospitality. The Roberts family recipes have roots back to the wagon trains in the mid-1800’s.” We hear this local favorite’s servings are quite generous too! The Salt Lick is located on: 3600 Presidential Blvd Austin; 512-530-2959
Boston: Parker’s Restaurant is famous for its divine Boston creme pie and Parker rolls. Guess what? Recipes are public for download on the website! Located inside the Omni Hotel located near Beacon Hill, chef Gerry Tice touches all senses of a highly praised fine dining experience. Parker’s Restaurant is located on: 60 School St Boston, MA; 617-227-8600
Chicago: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, has held the title as THE Chicago steakhouse, calls itself “big flavor steaks and chops, fresh fish daily and enormous lobster tails — all matched with an extensive wine list.” Word on the street is that pina-colada at the bar is pretty much to-die-for. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse is located on: 1028 N Rush St Chicago, IL; 312-266-8999
Honolulu: Alan Wong’s restaurants have been said to take “Taste Hawaii” to a whole new level. Hawaii regional food has never been more innovative, refined and uninhibited. Chef Alan Wong does pushing the limits well as he introduces the world to what’s important: heritage and ethnic culture of Hawaii. Alan Wong’s is located on: 1857 S King St #208 Honolulu, HI; 808-949-1939
Las Vegas: The Golden Steer is said to be the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas. It’s also been said that Marilyn Monroe, the Rat Pack and Elvis used to dine there frequently. Bon Appetit magazine has described it as “serving the best steak on earth.” You might just want to try it for yourself! The Golden Steer is located on: 308 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV; 702-384-4470
Los Angeles: Spago Wolfgang Puck opened this legendary restaurant in 1982, it was his first one on the Sunset Strip. And this year, Puck was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. An iconic fine dining, Michelin-star experience in LA definitely equates to a luscious evening at Spago! Spago is located on: 176 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA; 310-385-0880
Miami: Joe’s Stone Crab is celebrating its 100th anniversary and is where James Bond’s ate the best meal of his life in “Goldfinger!” Opened in 1913, Joe Weiss’ famous restaurant doesn’t only serve fantastic stone crabs; their coveted fish recipes are also revealed on their website. Joe’s Stone Crab is located on: 11 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL; 305-673-0365
New Orleans: Galatoire’s Restaurant is in its forth generation of family ownership. Jean Galatoire, was an immigrant from a small village near Pau, France. Galatoire’s serve French Creole food and has been highly awarded within the food industry. Located right on historic Bourbon Street, we think there’s not a better place to spend a delicious evening in New Orleans. Galatoire’s Restaurant is located on: 209 Bourbon St New Orleans, LA; 504-525-2021
New York: The Four Seasons is iconic for many reasons: the many famous faces representing regulars at a restaurant that established “power lunches” to what they are today. Famous faces include: Anna Wintour, Ralph Lauren, Donald Trump. We highly recommend an exquisite plate of oysters and a glass of rose. The Four Seasons is located on: 99 E 52nd St New York, NY; 212-754-9494
Orlando: Victoria & Albert’s, just as The Four Seasons, focuses on New American cuisine. Its prix fix menu doesn’t come cheap but foodies have claimed that dining at Victoria & Albert’s is a once in a lifetime experience. The menu includes: German osetra caviar, diver scallop, Maine mussel and lobster cioppino with fennel nage, Australian Kobe-style beef tenderloin with smoked garlic-potato purée…and that’s just a peek into their decadent menu! Victoria & Albert’s is located on: 4401 Disney’s Grand Floridian Lake Buena Vista, FL; 407-939-3862
Philadelphia: City Tavern’s owner and chef Walter Staib cooks a variety of entrees using authentic 18th century recipes, served in seven period dining rooms, three wine cellar rooms and an outdoor garden. City Tavern is also where our Founding Fathers and members of the First Continental Congress loved to meet back in the day. City Tavern is located on: 138 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA; 215-413-1443
Portland: At Jake’s Famous Crawfish, “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.” This restaurant has been around for 110 years – a definite must-stop in the Pacific Northwest. Jakes’ Famous Crawfish is located on: 401 SW 12th Ave Portland, OR; 503-226-1419
San Francisco: Swan Oyster Depot has been a San Francisco institution since 1912! Sure, it’s a hassel to stand in line and the restaurant is a weebit crowded all the time, but nothing beats an out-of-this-world crab salad or just a real good bowl of clam chowder. It’s San Francisco after all, who doesn’t smile as soon as Swan’s is mentioned in a sentence 🙂 Swan Oyster Dept is located on: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA; 415-673-2757
Washington: Old Ebbitt Grill is Washing’s oldest bar and restaurant! Since 1856, it has been one of the most sought-after dining experiences in DC. Zagot calls it, “if these walls could talk.” And we’d like to think that sometimes, there’s nothing like enjoying a plate of oysters as how Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt did! Old Ebbitt Grill is located on: 675 15th St NW Washington, DC; 202-347-4800