Eating. Humans have done it since, well, the beginning of history. And pretty much ever since the first caveman realized he was too tired to grill a wooly mammoth after a long day of hunting, other cavemen were willing to do it for him. For a price, of course.
While the US doesn't quite date back to the caveman, it's still got plenty of old restaurants. And, much like we tracked down the oldest bar in every state, we've once again culled restaurant associations, historical societies, tourism boards, and business licensing departments nationwide in search of the oldest continuously operating eateries in America. Here's the oldest in each state, and Washington, DC.