The atmosphere at 29 South might be casual, but the food is anything but. Located just a couple blocks from the ocean on Amelia Island, this farm-to-table spot serves up an eclectic menu of tasty food with a Southern slant — think shrimp and grits, terrific hash browns, the best fish tacos in the area, and even Lobster Corn Dogs. Joining the food on the menu is a large selection of wine and a decent list of beer, but whatever you choose to wash down your meal, you're sure to love it.
It might be pint-sized, but Holeman & Finch Public House has a huge reputation — just not for the reasons you might think. This Buckhead eatery serves up tasty dinner and drinks, offering everything from hot dogs to steak tartare alongside original cocktails, wine, and craft beer, but it's perhaps best known for its burgers. Every night at 10:00, they serve up 24 — and only 24 — double patty cheeseburgers, placed on house-made buns, and served with hand-cut fries, homemade ketchup, mustard, and pickles. You need to get there early to claim yours, but if you miss on your first try, don't despair — the burger is available all day on Sunday's brunch menu.
There are plenty of places in London to grab some Chinese food — but only one of them is in Europe's tallest building. Based on the Hong Kong restaurant of the same name, Hutong serves up a wide array of dishes that reflect the diverse regions and cuisines of Northern China, each as tasty and carefully prepared as the last. The cocktails are outstanding as well, but perhaps the most memorable thing about it is the view: thanks to its perch on the 33rd floor of The Shard, it offers some of the best restaurant views around.
It doesn't matter which side of the pond you're from — if you're looking for a taste of the US in the UK, Jackson & Rye is a solid pick. This new SoHo restaurant and bar features a sleek, inviting interior that recalls the golden age of cocktails, and a drink menu to match. On the food side of things, the all-day menu includes such comfort foods as cheeseburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, truffled mac & cheese, meatballs, and crabcakes, while brunch kicks things up with shrimp & grits and steak and eggs. Oh, and as the name suggests, they have quite the selection of ryes, as well. [via]
Some restaurants are easily categorizable — Mexican, Italian, Spanish, etc. Some aren't. But that doesn't mean they aren't great. Rose's Luxury falls into the latter category. This American (whatever that means) eatery lies on Barracks Row, and offers up a menu designed for sharing. Highlights include burnt romaine salad, popcorn soup with grilled lobster, and crawfish, although really, almost anything you order is going to be good. It's on the small side and doesn't accept reservations, so there might be a wait if you arrive at prime eating hours — but trust us, it's more than worth your time.
"Like father, like son" goes the old saying — and that's certainly true at The Purple Pig. Helmed by Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. — with guidance from his father (of Heaven on Seven fame) and Scott Harris (of Mia Francesca), this Magnificent Mile serves up "cheese, swine, & wine" with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Highlights include the house-made charcuterie, the pork neck bone rillette, the scallop spiedini, and the Panino con Nutella. Not feeling hungry? It's still worth stopping by, as the Pig also happens to offer one of the best wine bars in the city.
For a place that serves primarily pizzas and beer, El Fabuloso has quite the name. But take one look around "the fabulous" and it makes way more sense. Perched atop a building in the luxe Zona Rosa neighborhood, this newish spot features a stunning design from MEMA arquitectos and Colette Studio, inspired by the idea of a rooftop picnic. The result? A space that literally looks like a picnic basket from the outside, and features an interior dominated wood, raw concrete and metal, and neutral-colored fabrics, letting the city views dominate properly.
While this upscale "Southern Public House" hasn't been around all that long, the building in which it resides has been a source for booze and food since the days of Prohibition, which gives Cask & Larder a bit more history than a lot of other businesses in the area. Run by the masterminds behind nearby gastropub The Ravenous Pig, this gathering spot serves up house-cured meats, local fish and shellfish, and Southern-style dishes made from seasonal, fresh ingredients. Oh, and it also serves cocktails, wine, and beer, the latter of which is brewed on-site making it as fresh as possible.
Despite the retro look of the sign outside, Ike's Food & Cocktails hasn't been a downtown staple for decades on decades. It just feels that way. Celebrating 10 short years on the scene, Ike's has quickly become a go-to eatery and bar, offering classy, white-tablecloth atmosphere and a wide-ranging food menu that runs the gamut from sandwiches and specialty burgers to chicken satay and parmesan cracker-crusted walleye. As the name suggests, there's also a full bar serving wine, craft beers, and spirits — the Weekender bloody mary is a particular standout. And if you're only getting as close to downtown as your layover allows, don't worry — there's an outpost of Ike's at the airport, too.
There are more than enough Mexican joints to go around in the Q, but if you can only visit one, Mary & Tito's Cafe should be on the short list. Opened in 1963, this American Classic — no seriously, it was a James Beard Foundation America's Classics Award winner in 2010 — serves up both breakfast and lunch/dinner style Mexican, but is best known for its Carne Adovada — pork strips marinated in red chile sauce and baked to a perfect tenderness — that's available in everything from tacos and enchiladas to omelets and pizzas. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.
With all the high-end dining options on the island, it's easy to overlook local gems like the Calmos Cafe. This beachside spot serves up Caribbean dishes with a French influence, including tapas-style small plates, salads, BBQ, fish (of course), and tasty desserts. Also notable is the selection of wines, beer, and cocktails, many of the latter made with rooftop rums — imported rums mixed with various savory ingredients and left to infuse on the tin roof for weeks at a time. No matter what you order, one thing remains consistent — the relaxing views of the sea from the back patio.
Chipotle. Pizza. Two worlds that you don't normally associate with one another — yet through a partnership with the booming burrito chain, Pizzeria Locale is taking casual pies to a new level. The secret is in the fresh ingredients — a Chipotle signature — and the one-of-a-kind oven, which heats up to 1,000 degrees, features a spinning floor, and uses a combination of gas and infrared to crank made-to-order pizzas of incredible quality out in just two minutes. You can choose from one of their classic creations or build your own with toppings ranging from arugula to zucchini — but no matter which you choose, you'll have it in your hands in no time, ready to enjoy with a soda, beer, or glass of wine.