Chosen for their gourmet dining experiences and global cuisine inspirations, here are a few of the best restaurants in the USA.
Aldama (Brooklyn, New York)
Aldama is all about ambitious Mexican cuisine. Don’t miss the daikon tostada, mole negro, and the taco de trompo, featuring flank steak, pork belly, pineapple-serrano gel, and adobo on an heirloom corn tortilla.
Benu (San Francisco, California)
Benu, helmed by award-winning Chef Corey Lee, exemplifies culinary perfection. Lee’s meticulous preparations and contemporary interpretations of classics like Korean beef barbecue and xiao long bao have earned the restaurant three Michelin stars.
Camphor (Los Angeles, California)
Camphor, a Michelin-starred gem, merges French techniques with South Asian flavors. Chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George create a symphony of taste, offering timeless preparations like lentils and lamb with hints of cumin and cardamom.
Daru (Washington, D.C.)
Daru surprises and entices diners with regional Indian flavors. Using unexpected American ingredients, Chef Suresh Sundas creates remarkable dishes like naan brushed with za’atar olive oil and tandoori-grilled chicken tacos.
Le Bernardin (New York City, New York)
The three Michelin-starred Le Bernardin has flourished under the leadership of Chef Eric Ripert. The seafood shines through, with delicate offerings like scallop carpaccio with basil julienne or pan-roasted Dover sole with green olives and sherry emulsion.
Merois (West Hollywood, California)
Merois brings Wolfgang Puck’s culinary prowess to new heights with its Asian-inspired menu. Alongside its elegant décor, the restaurant offers delicacies like sashimi and flavorful red Thai curry with sea bream, shrimp, and lemongrass-coconut broth.
Moon Rabbit (Washington, D.C.)
The Wharf, Moon Rabbit brings Vietnamese cuisine to a new height. Famed chef, Kevin Tien intertwines Vietnamese and Louisiana flavors. The menu encourages exploring and sharing a variety of dishes inspired by Tien’s upbringing.
Providence (Los Angeles, California)
Helmed by Chef Michael Cimarusti, two Michelin-starred Providence is a seafood lover’s haven, with an ever-changing menu, Indulge in salt-roasted Santa Barbara spot prawns or Pacific oysters with caviar and Champagne butter.
Yolan (Nashville, Tennessee)
Yolan presents an Italian fine-dining scene. Along with a glass-domed cheese cave, Chef Tony Mantuano offers a tasting menu featuring Roman classics like cotoletta alla Milanese, cacio-e-pepe, and bucatini all’amatriciana.
Zou Zou’s (New York City, New York)
Zou Zou’s presents a charming Eastern Mediterranean dining experience. Impressive dips like whipped ricotta with saffron apricots and hummus with black garlic, and dishes like the duck borek and Yemeni au poivre kebab showcase the chef’s culinary prowess.
Small towns have their own charm and Mexico has its own concept behind its small towns. It all began in 2001. The country’s government began a program titled “Magical Towns” to promote their natural richness and culture. There are about 132 such towns in this country. Let’s take a virtual tour through a few of them.
Bacalar, Quintana Roo
Turquoise waves and white sands are probably the first things you might think about when you hear the name of the town Quintana Roo. This wonderfully round lagoon is known for its different shades of water and is ideal for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. As you go deeper into the waters, apart from the beauty of marine life, you will also see the famous underwater caves. They connect to the different water formations such as cenotes. This includes Blue Cenote and is the reason why the lagoon changes colors. You have the option to stay in the inns situated around the lagoon or campsites for a more adventurous experience.
The name Orizaba is an Aztec word that translates to ‘place of joyful water’ which is a reference for the river flowing into the city that has several stone brides beneath it. The city is well-known for being situated on Pico de Orizaba’s volcano. It is Mexico’s highest mountain. The colonial city has well-preserved architecture and one of its architectural marvels is this Iron Palace, which is 126 years old. The building is made of iron and was built with pieces that were sent in from Brussels. Finally, if you visit this place, you should try the coffee which is from Veracruz. It is considered to be the best in Mexico.
Xilitla, San Luis Potosí
The Huasteca Potosina jungle has beautiful waterfalls that you must visit. It also has a stunning garden built by an English artist named Edward James. This paradise-like garden is a mix of lush vegetation, a massive art piece with unfinished staircases, and maze-like passageways. In addition, Xilitla also has one of the oldest known buildings in this state, which was previously a convent. It was built back during the 16th century. If you do visit this place, do not forget to try the famous enchiladas potosinas and organic coffee. Your trip would not be complete without it.
One of Mexico’s oldest and gorgeous towns, each of its buildings has a story to tell. You will see a lot of historic buildings like museums, big colonial mansions, small restaurants and hotels in old buildings. For instance, the Casona de Valladolid was a place for wealthy families to celebrate town parties back in the 1900s. It is a place with beautiful churches crafts shops, where you can buy hammocks or stone sculptures. There are 10 cenotes in Valladolid, natural and clear water pools in the jungle. Among them, the prominent one is Cenote Zaci. It is a rather deep cavern that has ancient stalactites.
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Cobblestone streets, colonial mansions housing museums, colorful houses, and a beautiful church carved from pink sandstone is what San Miguel de Allende is all about. It is the perfect blend of traditions and beauty. You will also find many art galleries that are rather prominent. The place hosts a variety of art, food, and music festivals in a year. Furthermore, San Miguel is a blissful oasis for the foodies.