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New England chef-restaurateur Michael Schlow delivers inventive ceviches, tacos, small plates and entrees inspired by his travels to Mexico, Spain and South America. Decorated with his wife’s mixed media art and his photos of Spain, the neo-rustic setting is pretty captivating.

Tico, Washington, DC
Photo by Christopher Anderson.

"Imaginatively rendered" American farm-to-table cuisine is the calling card of these midpriced "locavore’s delights" in Boulder, LoDo and Fort Collins. And they’re pretty, too.

The Kitchen Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

Hidden downstairs at the Gale South Beach, this laid-back lounge (a sibling of NYC’s No. 8) is decorated to look like a super-cool ’70s basement, complete with vinyl records lining the walls and comfy couches. DJs favor old-school hip-hop and vintage house tunes, which pair nicely with the classic whiskey and vodka cocktails, craft beers and champagne.

Rec Room, Miami Beach, FL

Late hours, strong crowds and dangerous Margaritas.

El Camino Real, Philadelphia
Photo by Mark Stehle

Who doesn’t love an open-air breezeway setting (equipped with a retractable roof), and an indoor piano bar and lounge area.

Humphrey, New York, NY
Photo by David Penner. 

Named for the iconic Teutonic street food, this sausage central furnishes cheap, authentic wursts doused with tangy curry sauce.

Berlin Currywurst, Los Angeles, CA
Photo by Shant Kiraz.

This coffeehouse may be tiny, but it "can brew it up with the best of them."

Cafe Regular Du Nord, Brooklyn, NY
Photo by Rob Tallia

Special occasions and power meals with an elegant backdrop (crystal everywhere).

Decanter, Washington
Photo by Ryan Rayburn.

Aptly named spot from Chef Kevin Sbraga, head here for suckling pig cooked over live coals.

The Fat Ham, Philadelphia, PA

Photo by Jessica Kourkounis.

Because sometimes hotel restaurants are actually good.

TRACE Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Photo by Heidi Geldhauser.

Dozens of flavors that take fans back to the streets of Florence with their intensity and richness, plus seasonal Italian ices in summer. The goods are served in functional, industrial settings, along with coffee, salads and sandwiches – though it’s gelato that’s the main course.
Bulgarini Gelato Cafe, Culver City, CA Photo by Shant Kiraz.

Dozens of flavors that take fans back to the streets of Florence with their intensity and richness, plus seasonal Italian ices in summer. The goods are served in functional, industrial settings, along with coffee, salads and sandwiches – though it’s gelato that’s the main course.

Bulgarini Gelato Cafe, Culver City, CA
Photo by Shant Kiraz.

Visit this converted Victorian pub for a relaxed yet polished dining room – and a choice cheese trolley.
The New Angel, Notting Hill, London Photo by Jon Santa Cruz.

Visit this converted Victorian pub for a relaxed yet polished dining room – and a choice cheese trolley.

The New Angel, Notting Hill, London
Photo by Jon Santa Cruz.

There’s a strict policy of no cell phones and no photos at this spot. And you’ll want to take them.

Bucato, Culver City, CA
Photo by Shant Kiraz.

NYC’s Classic Village Italian spot Il Mulino gets a steakhouse sibling in Il Mulino Prime, now open in nearby SoHo
Il Mulino Prime, New York, NY Photo by Cherie Cincilla.

NYC’s Classic Village Italian spot Il Mulino gets a steakhouse sibling in Il Mulino Prime, now open in nearby SoHo

Il Mulino Prime, New York, NY
Photo by Cherie Cincilla.

You’ll never leave hungry here.

Flying Pie Pizzeria, Gresham, OR
Photo by Natalie Behring.