L'entrecôte de Paris, Paris, France: Nothing but steak and "frites." Seriously. L'entrecote de Paris is one of the most simplistic ways of eating. Everyone in the restaurant is served the same two items. When you are ready to begin eating, endless amounts of tender steak and frites will be presented to you. In existence since 1959, L'entrecote de Paris has been a staple of Paris eating for quite some time. If you are a fan of steak and frites, this is a must place on the bucket list.
Nobu, Malibu, California: World famous restaruranteur Nobu Matsuhisa has expanded his brand to every major food city in the world. In one of his most recent additions, Nobu has taken his Japanese creations to the beach of Malibu. Nobu will have mouth watering seafood, sushi, and fresh ingredients whichever one you go to, however the setting and design of the Malibu location is stunning. It is absolutely breathtaking.
The Bizaar by Josè Andrés, Los Angeles California: Exactly like the name of the restaurant. Bizarre. From dishes being brought in a shoe, to the restaurant having a full museum of extraneous items, this restaurant is the farthest thing from predictable. Headed by culinary master Josè Andrés, this restaurant truly offers a one of a kind dining experience. Prepare to be amazed.
Mineo's Pizza, Pittsburgh, PA: Down and dirty, a staple in Pittsburgh since 1958, Mineo's is simply phenomenal pizza. Mineo's is the only pizza restaurant I have been to that actually puts their toppings under the cheese. You can't go wrong with a slice at Mineo's.
Ring of Bells, North Bovey, England: Ring of Bells offers one of the most true English dining experiences you can have. With numerous ciders on tap, delicious fish and chips, and unique meat and cheese combinations, Ring of Bells is a treat. Nestled into an old English cottage, Ring of Bells has an authentic English ambiance with almost only locals being the other occupants of the restaurant. The English aren't known for their food, but Ring of Bells is a clear exception.
Peter Luger Steakhouse, Brooklyn, NY: You will be hard pressed to find a steakhouse in America with as much history and old school roots. There isn't a steakhouse in the country, that is a more stereotypical steakhouse. The waiters are purposefully sarcastic, and the steak is brought in one large portion depending on how many people are at the table. The steak is phenomenal, not to mention the best and thickest bacon you have ever tasted.
Brasserie Beck, Washington, D.C.: Brasserie Beck is one of the most authentic and unique restaurants in the nation's capital. It offers an array of mussels and authentic Belgian treats, and most notably, the most extensive selection of Belgian beers in the city. Renowned restauranteur Robert Wiedmaier has aced it with Brasserie Beck. By the way, they have "pomme frites" that are heavenly.
Bandolero, Georgetown, Washington, D.C: Bandolero is the ideal up-scale Mexican fusion restaurant. A killer vibe in the middle of Georgetown, a crazy atmosphere, and some of the best small plates you'll ever taste. Bandolero has one of the most happening bars mainly due to an array of margaritas. From ahi tuna tacos to melted cheese with lamb, Bandolero is the perfect place to have a great time, and have great food to share with your whole table.
Joe's Stone Crab, Miami Beach, Florida: As mentioned earlier, my all-time favorite restaurant is Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach, Florida. If you like stone crabs, this is royalty. If you don't know what stone crabs are, this is the best place to try it. No reservations are accepted because this place is always packed. Signature dishes include stone crabs, mac and cheese, fried chicken, and house made key lime pie. Joe's is one of a kind.
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery, Santa Monica, California: My final restaurant. Well, not so much a restaurant but more of a market. However, you will not find a better sandwich than their famous "Godmother." Not maybe, not possibly, you WILL NOT find a more quality sandwich in this country. With fresh baked bread, cold italian cuts, red peppers, lettuce, oils and of course the godmother sauce. The "Godmother" is far and away the best sandwich I have ever had. Any trip to Santa Monica would not be complete without a little Bay Cities magic.