America's Best Places to Eat Like a Local

By Travel + Leisure Staff
3/13/2013 10:50:36 AM

Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe

Opened in 2012 by a father-and-son team, Hattie B's has become the Nashville spot for fiery, cayenne-infused, deep-fried "hot chicken." It's an inspired twist on a dish that's comfortingly familiar.

Like beignets (made from a 143-year-old recipe) in New Orleans or a bagel sandwich in New York, the best regional American fare feels close to home-even if you're dining far from yours.

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With the combined forces of our staffers and contributors, we canvassed the 50 states, happily put our stomachs to work to yield a menu of America's must-try dishes from Maine to Honolulu. It's the all-American slice of Travel + Leisure's coverage of the Best Places to Eat Like a Local.

-Nikki Ekstein

Restaurant Pricing Key

$ Less than $25

$$ $25 to $75

$$$ $75 to $150

$$$$ More than $150

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