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1. Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie 110 SE A St, Bentonville, AR 72712

Located just a block away from "The Square" in Downtown Bentonville in the former general office of Sam Walton (founder of Walmart and Sam's Club), this family-friendly eatery boasts an eclectic menu rooted in local produce and seasonal ingredients. Alongside Souther-inspired entrees like beans and cornbread, sweet potato gnocchi, and Arkansas catfish pastrami is Tusk and Trotter's most popular dish: fried chicken and waffles.

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2. Spikes Beach Gril 310 Eastlake Dr, Warsaw, IN 46580

Although "beach bar" and "Indiana" seem at odds, this local hotspot successfully merges the two in simplest possible way: beer, seafood, volleyball, and a scattering of cheap, plastic lawn chairs. Since 1991, Spike's has been tropical respite for the small town of Warsaw, offering live music on the weekends, a lakeside volleyball area, and probably the best Rum Runner in the state. Note that its only open in the summer.

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3. Herrell's Ice Cream 8 Old South St, Northampton, MA 01060

Yes, Herrell's has made a lot of important contributions to the world of frozen confections (like brand name candy flavors & "smoosh-ins"), plus over 200 flavors over the years. But if you get ice cream here without their small batch hot fudge YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

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4. The Dirty Truth 29 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

A favorite among locals, this popular watering hole situated on Northampton's main thoroughfare boasts a an impressive, rotating craft beer menu that caters to both beer junkies and amateurs. Among overflowing pints and communal tables, there's also a great selection of bar bites: chicken and waffles, duck nachos, hand-cut fries, pork belly pea soup.

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5. Hamburg Inn No. 2 214 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Forget about the fact that presidential candidates now consider it a must-stop on their way through Iowa, or that you can sit next to a signed picture of Roseanne and Tom Arnold from the very early 90s, or that it happens to be the oldest family owned restaurant in Iowa City. But don’t forget the omelets -- especially the terrifyingly unhealthy/delicious Haweye Hog, featuring sausage, hash browns, and American smothered in country gravy.

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6. Melvyn's 200 W Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264

This classic steakhouse that's been visited by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. is a legendary Palm Springs haunt. Located in the historic Ingleside Inn, Melvyn's old school fare (Steak Diane, shrimp cocktail) matches its elegant, upscale digs.

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7. Kent Black's Barbecue 500 Hull St, San Marcos, TX 78666

Just a short drive outside of Austin you'll find Kent Black's BBQ, a lively restaurant and tavern, located in the bustling suburb of San Marcos. Kent's is a solid neighorhood spot; offering wood-smoked brisket, ribs, and other BBQ fare in a rustic barn-like interior, Kent's is where you go to knock back a few and hang out with the locals. Regularly scheduled live music and an extensive beer menu are added bonuses.

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8. Adobe McDonald's 2380 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ

This classic chain's Sedona outpost is noteworthy for its decor. Set up in the style of a Native American stone pueblo, this Mickey D's, known as the Adobe McDonald's, is a long-standing area tourist attraction.

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9. Ciopinot 1051 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

This upscale spot in the Historic Downtown District serves great seafood fare in tandem with local Napa Valley vino. Small plates, raw bar dishes, grilled fish plates are delicious and affordably priced. Try the house special, Ciopino Stew (a tomato based soup with Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, squid, scallops and mussels), with a local SLO Pinot Noir for a great dining experience.

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10. Alpino Vino See Forever Run, Gold Hill Lift (14), 12,000 feet, Telluride, CO 81435

This high-altitude, fine-dining restaurant in Telluride is hard to get to but well worth the trip. You can either travel nearly 12,000 feet via gondola or ski down to this snow-covered cabin overlooking the picturesque Telluride Ski Resort. Once inside, you'll find a bistro inspired menu full of European flair. Cheese boards, charcuterie and fine wine simply taste better this far up in the clouds.

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11. Brown Dog Pizza 110 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

From Detroit square pizza to Sicilian style, no pie is off limits at this casual, gluten-free-friendly Talluride parlor. Burgers, sandwiches, salads and wings are available as well, in further addition to a full bar with plenty of local brews on tap. The Brown Dog's pizza won first place at the International Pizza Expo in 2013, so you know you'll be eating well here.

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12. Flo's Clam Shack 4 Wave Ave, Middletown, RI 02842

This resilient little clam shack in Middletown has been a seafood staple of Rhode Islaner's diets for decades. The shack has been knocked down by not one but several different hurricanes over its almost 80-year existence, only for it to re-emerge stronger, or at least with more expensive windows. There is only one way to do Flo’s, and it involves getting half-a-dozen clamcakes, and their famous fried clams, with a delicate breading and homemade cole slaw. The two story spot has a raw bar upstairs and crowds of people awaiting takeout orders in the ground level, so grab a spot wherever you can which will hopefully be on their deck with ocean views. Just watch out for those hurricanes.

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13. Mission 29 Marlborough St, Newport, RI 02840

This popular city eatery has a faithful following, and it's no wonder after trying their burgers, dogs, falafel and hand cut fries. The space is small and the fare is standard, but the "simplicity is key" concept really applies here once you taste how plain good their food is. What's more, they're completely transparent about their secret "Mission" sauce recipe, which is a blend of ketchup, aioli, cornichons, capers, fines herbs and brandy. Good food and honesty in preparation make for one quality burger joint.

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14. Big Wave Burritos 1400 Texas Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

This cash-only Cape May spot serves up excellent Mexican food perfect for carting to the beach. If you prefer to sit, you can chill inside and watch surf videos while you wait for your burritos, tacos and other similar fare. All the ingredients are fresh and everything is made to order. If you're not feeling beans for a beach day, opt for one of their healthy smoothies or acai bowls.

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15. Santa Fe Bite 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

The original Bobcat Bite closed after a dispute between the owners and their landlords, but their reincarnation as Sante Fe Bite fulfills all your delicious, green chile burger cravings just as well as the OG. Located inside Garrett’s Desert Inn on Old Santa Fe Trail, this casual spot with a patio also serves Tex-Mex eats, shakes and local beers, but you're really coming for the burgers. Whole boneless chuck and sirloin is ground fresh in house every day, and the green chiles have the perfect amount of smoky heat.

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16. Grill Marks 209 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601

Grill Marks in Greenville is a creative burger restaurant that gives classic American fare a gourmet upgrade. Their burgers are gigantic and there are about a million topping combo suggestions on the menu, but if you're feeling creative you can build your own from the ground up. Be sure to pair your choice with a boozy milkshake and kick back in a booth or at the bar in this modern converted warehouse.

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17. Mary Mahoney's Old French House 116 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi, MS 39530

As the name suggests, Mary Mahoney's is situated in one of the oldest home's in America, which was erected in 1737. And, in addition to this aesthetic nod to 18th century New Orleans, the menu, too, reflects the Old World South. Elegant entrees include shrimp and crab au gratin, French double-cut pork chops, and Mary Mahoney's world-famous gumbo. It's no wonder that decades worth of presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries have graced these hallowed halls.

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18. Ole Biloxi Fillin' Station 692 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

This lively, hole in the wall eatery is a Biloxi mainstay known for its heavy focus on Cajun/Creole seafood. With Southern specialities a plenty, guests can enjoy a number of Louisiana classics like po' boys and hearty wedge fries, oysters, fried soft-shell crab, beans and rice, and -- most popularly -- crawfish nachos. The Fillin' Station also supplies one of the best Bloody Marys in town.

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19. Rosetti's Cafe 895 Division St, Biloxi, MS 39530

Housed in Quality Poultry and Seafood --Biloxi's most popular land and sea grocery store -- Rosetti's Cafe is a small, unfussy eatery that doles out smoked meat and seafood dishes. In addition to locally-inspired weekly specials (like shrimp plates, fried pork chop, hamburger steak, and red beans and rice), Rosetti's is known for its classic, fried shrimp po' boy.

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20. Stadium Sports Grill 744 N Main St, Spearfish, SD 57783

The Spearfish outpost of this small, South Dakota chain has been active since 1993, serving the neighborhood with memorable sports bar standards: delicious, greasy eats, beer, and a casual, down-to-earth vibe. Among highlights like the beef tip quesadilla, macho nacho, and steak sandwich, are gluttonous desserts. We recommend the Oreo cookie fried ice cream.

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21. Crow Peak Brewing Co 125 W Highway 14, Spearfish, SD 57783

In ski lodge style digs lives Crow Peak Brewing Co, a circa 2007 brewery known for its relaxed atmosopher and affordable brews. In addition to a small, curated list of rotating craft beers with intriguing names -- like the popular Pile O'Dirt Porter, 11th Hour IPA, and Wicca -- this brewery also offers sample flights and standard, pair-able bar bites.

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22. Bodo's Bagels 505 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

This Charlottesville breakfast mainstay makes great New York style bagel sandwiches and offers fresh roasted coffee in their quaint, counter-service location. It's always packed, which is a testament to how tasty their wares are.

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23. Crux Fermentation Project 50 SW Division St, Bend, OR 97702

This brewery and taproom in the lively small city of Bend, OR, offers a wide variety of house-made brews in a comfortable, tavern-like setting. Ample bar seating and a spacious outdoor patio area make Crux Fermentation a great place to bring a group. Local food trucks regularly stop by the grounds.

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24. Boneyard Beer 37 NW Lake Pl, Bend, OR 97703

This no-nonsense craft brewer makes great brew in a bare-bones, factory-like space. Stop in and get fill your growler with their Notorious IPA and Diablo Rojo amber ale. Boneyard also sells skull and crossbones emblazoned shirts, hats, and beer koozies.

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25. Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House 1044 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701-2002

Deschutes Brewery is a nationally acclaimed craft brewery based in Bend, Oregon, an artsy small town about three hours outside of Portland. Known for their full-bodied IPAs and stouts, Deschutes offers a varied enough output to cater to every type of drinker, from novice to beer geek. Their Bend tasting room and pub is a cozy spot to grab a drink Downtown.

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26. The Farmhouse Tap & Grill 160 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401

There are only 24 taps here at this Burlington brewpub, but each one is carefully selected. Featuring great beers from Vermont (Lost Nation, Hill Farmstead, and Hermit Thrush), plus the likes of Cigar City and Green Flash repping the rest of the country, The Farmhouse's selection is definitely worth checking out. On top of that, tap takeovers let brewers rip, and home-brew competitions for those looking for undiscovered comforts.

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27. Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory 92220 Overseas Hwy Mike 92, Tavernier, FL 33070

It's almost a given that when in the Florida Keys, eat Key Lime Pie. Get your fill at the Blonde Giraffe, a neon green island cottage serving up some of the country's best. Pie's not the only thing on the menu: key lime cookies and candies are also available, and the Blonde Giraffe boasts a full espresso bar.

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28. Lucky Beaver Bar And Burger 31 Hwy 50 Suite 104, Stateline, NV 89449

Located just over the California/Nevada border near South Lake Tahoe, this 24 hour sports bar pours a variety of specialty drinks. You've got your standard issue draft beers and well-drinks, but signature drinks with imaginative names like the Kinky Beaver, Horni Beaver, and the Cosmopolitan Beaver, are worth ponying up for. Added bonus: since you're in Nevada, there's gambling aplenty.

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29. MOJO Old City BBQ 5 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

St. Augustine's Mojo Old City Barbecue is a down-home Southern joint. Burnt brisket ends, mashed sweet potato, and pulled pork shoulder are some of the menu highlights at this fast-casual spot. A generous happy hour from 3-7pm Monday- Friday is another reason to visit: spend only $3 on draft beer and $4 on well drinks.

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30. The Cooks' House 115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Local, sustainable cuisine takes center stage at The Cooks' House, a quaint, rustic restaurant in Traverse City, Michigan (and a favorite of Mario Batali's!). Enjoy the regional Midwestern seafood and meat specialties, like walleye, whitefish, and roasted rabbit with honey, chocolate, Michigan hops, and steel-cut oats.

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31. Grand Traverse Pie Company 525 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

This local bake shop specializes in gourmet pies using local ingredients (Michigan honey, Montmorency cherries). Bistro salads, baguette sandwiches, and quiche are also available when dining in the cozy cafe storefront.

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32. Montana Ale Works 611 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715

This converted former railroad freighthouse is home to Montana Ale Works, a powerhouse of a beer bar that boasts 40 taps, all pouring from the centerpiece wraparound bar. And with Big Sky country offerings like Bozeman Brewery, Madison River, Draught Works, Red Lodge, Cabinet Mountain, Bayern, and Lone Peak, it's no wonder that Montana Ale Works is the best in the state.

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33. Mission Ranch Restaurant 26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923

Mission Ranch Restaurant in Carmel serves American comfort food in a farmhouse restored by Clint Eastwood. You get gorgeous views of sheep grazing in the meadows and Santa Lucia Mountains in the distance. The piano bar offers live music nightly, and there's a wildly popular jazz brunch on Sundays. Everything about this place is equally quaint and breathtaking, and it's the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a drink before dinner.

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34. Portland Lobster Company 180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

This waterside lobster shack in Portland delivers the freshest catches to either eat in or take out. You can get the classics like lobster rolls and clam cakes or put a little more work into your meal with a steamed lobster dinner. Crack away to your heart's content on the waterfront patio and while you're at it, crack open a beer.

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35. Eventide Oyster Co. 86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley very much care about their oysters, which is why they offer up an extremely well curated list from Maine and ‚ÄúAway‚ÄĚ, and allow you to pick accoutrement, including three types of ice (get the Tabasco), and two mignonettes (get the Mimosa one). The space is bright, light blue and airy, with plenty of wooden stools for saddling up to the raw bar.