- Every state has a famous restaurant that everyone knows about.
- Some are fine dining establishments like the Greenbrier main dining room in West Virginia and the Snake River Grill in Wyoming.
- Others are local barbecue joints like Gates Bar-B-Q in Missouri and Prohibition Pig in Vermont.
- There are some famous restaurants that made appearances in movies like Mystic Pizza in Connecticut and Katz’s Deli in New York.
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From fine dining restaurants to local barbecue joints, every state has at least one legendary restaurant that everyone knows about. The types of eateries vary from the oldest restaurant to the very best, but each has ultimately made a name for itself.
INSIDER went state by state to find the most famous restaurant and measured the winners based on culinary awards, TV and movie appearances, and celebrity sightings.
Keep reading to learn what eatery is the most famous in your state.
Celebrity Movies: Alaska’s Snow City Cafe is famous for its presidential guest.
Located in Anchorage, Alaska, Snow City Cafe is known as a popular brunch restaurant specializing in egg sandwiches and pancakes. But the establishment made a name for itself in 2015 when President Barack Obama came in to buy all of the cinnamon rolls for his staffers and reporters.
Celebrity Movies: Arizona’s Durant’s Steakhouse is a famous establishment in Phoenix.
Durant’s Steakhouse is a fine dining restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. The establishment is well-known for its steaks, red booths, and martinis. The food has attracted notable celebrities through the years, including John Wayne, Joe DiMaggio, and Clark Gable. The steakhouse is also a popular eatery among Arizona’s politicians.
Celebrity Movies: California’s Craig’s is well-known for its A-list customers.
Craig’s opened in 2011 in Los Angeles, and it specializes in American fare, including dishes like pizza, cheeseburgers, honey truffle chicken, and steak. But the restaurant is mostly known for its celebrity clientele. Kim Kardashian and George Clooney are said to be regulars, but Joe Jonas, Kate Upton, Iggy Azalea, Larry King, and Suzanne Somers have all been spotted there.
Celebrity Movies: Colorado’s Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs is famous after several television appearances.
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs started as a hot dog truck but now it’s a popular restaurant in Denver. The eatery allows customers to choose from hot dogs made of beef, pork, elk, buffalo, duck, and even reindeer. Cream cheese and caramelized onions are also popular choices at this restaurant. The unique offerings caught Anthony Bourdain’s attention and were featured on his show “No Reservations.” Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs also appeared on Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
Celebrity Movies: Connecticut’s Mystic Pizza was put on the map after a famous Hollywood movie filmed on location.
In 1973, Mystic Pizza was opened in Mystic, Connecticut, but it wasn’t until the late ’80s that the pizzeria really became famous. Screenwriter Amy Jones visited the eatery and decided to set her movie in Mystic Pizza. The movie, which starred Julia Roberts and shot on location at the pizzeria, was released in 1988. Mystic Pizza became a national phenomenon, causing many tourists to flock to the pizza eatery to try “A Slice of Heaven.”
Celebrity Movies: Delaware’s Stoney’s Pub is a famous English pub in Wilmington.
Stoney’s Pub in Wilmington, Delaware, is best known for its English fare. “Mum’s poached or boiled fish,” shrimp and chips, and roast beef dinner are staples on this pub’s menu. But the eatery was really put on the map when it appeared on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” During the show, host Guy Fieri said “you’re going to have to pry this out of my hands” when he took a bite of the roast beef.
Celebrity Movies: Florida’s Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge is famous for its celebrity clientele and its location on the Miami River.
Seaspice sits on the Miami River offering customers sweeping views of the city. The restaurant specializes in “gastro-classic dining” serving steak tartare, crab tempura, and truffle brie tart. Seaspice often has over a two-hour wait and is a favorite among celebrities like Marc Anthony.
Celebrity Movies: Hawaii’s Manago Hotel houses the oldest restaurant in the state.
In 1917, two Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii and founded Manago Hotel Restaurant, and today it’s still in operation, the oldest restaurant in the state. The restaurant and hotel sit 1,350 feet above the ground on Mauna Loa. The eatery serves udon and bread, bringing tourists from all over to experience the food and history.
Celebrity Movies: Illinois’ Hub 51 is known as a popular celebrity hangout spot in Chicago.
Hub 51 in Chicago, Illinois, has a diverse food menu, including American sandwiches, sushi, and tacos. Beyond its menu, Hub 51 is also known for its celebrity clientele. In the past, Josh Duhamel and Fergie have been spotted there, along with Lindsay Lohan, Ashton Kutcher, and Jessica Simpson.
Celebrity Movies: Iowa’s Northwestern Steakhouse is almost 100 years old.
Northwestern Steakhouse can be found in Mason City, Iowa, and was opened in 1920 — nearly 100 years ago. Today, the restaurant is still operating, serving steaks that are covered in olive oil, butter, and a Greek seasoning. In 2017, the restaurant was named the “most iconic” in Iowa.
Celebrity Movies: Kansas’ Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que has been named one of the best barbecue joints in the country.
Celebrity Movies: Kentucky’s Parkette Drive-In is considered to have one of the best burgers in the country.
Parkette Drive-In in Lexington, Kentucky, is famous for its “Poor Boy,” which is a double patty burger. It caught Food Network’s attention twice, ultimately being named one of America’s top 10 burgers on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”
Celebrity Movies: Louisiana’s Oceana Grill has drawn in many famous celebrities, including Anthony Bourdain.
Oceana Grill is located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, and it specializes in Creole cuisine. The restaurant is famous for its crab cakes and gumbo and brings in many notable celebrities. In the past, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Drake, Mary J. Blige, and Shaquille O’Neal have all had meals at Oceana Grill. Chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain also came to the restaurant.
Celebrity Movies: Maine’s the Lobster Shack is known for its lobster roll.
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights sits atop the shores of Cape Elizabeth, serving lobster and fried seafood. Its specialty dish is the lobster roll. TV personality and chef Bobby Flay visited the eatery on his Food Network show “FoodNation,” bringing the Lobster Shack into the national spotlight.
Celebrity Movies: Maryland’s Woodberry Kitchen is famous for its celebrity sightings.
Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland, is known for its American cuisine and farm-to-table philosophy. But in 2016, Michelle and Malia Obama were spotted dining in the restaurant and social media buzzed with the sighting. The restaurant is said to have many celebrity guests but the establishment has a policy that bars employees from disclosing any information.
Celebrity Movies: Michigan’s Roast is considered one of the best steakhouses in the state.
Roast in Detroit, Michigan, has been named one of the top ten steakhouses in the state. The restaurant is known by many because it’s owned by Food Network’s Michael Symon, a famous name in the food industry. When news site Michigan Live ate at the steakhouse, they had high expectations, but they wrote, “We can honestly say it lived up to the hype.”
Celebrity Movies: Minnesota’s Matt’s Bar & Grill is famous for its burger.
Matt’s Bar & Grill in Minneapolis, Minnesota, may just be a burger joint, but it has made a name for itself after creating the famous Jucy Lucy. The Jucy Lucy is a burger filled with oozing, melted cheese. The burger was even featured on the Travel Channel in 2010.
Celebrity Movies: Mississippi’s Mayflower Cafe is known as a landmark in Downtown Jackson.
The Mayflower Cafe is a staple in Jackson, Mississippi, because it has been open since 1935. It has occupied the same street corner for over 80 years. The restaurant serves mostly Greek and seafood, including Greek salads, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, oysters, and fried calamari.
Celebrity Movies: Missouri’s Gates Bar-B-Q is considered one of the best barbecue restaurant in the state.
Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Missouri, opened in 1946 and specializes in pork ribs. The tomato-based secret sauce also helped make the restaurant an institution in Kansas City. The Travel Channel even featured the restaurant as one of the best barbecues joints in the country.
Celebrity Movies: Nebraska’s Big Mama’s Kitchen is a favorite on Food Network.
Big Mama’s Kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska, specializes in comfort food, serving fried chicken and burgers. The Food Network considers the restaurant one of its “ Top Places to Eat.” On “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” host Guy Fieri said his favorite is the “Pig Ear Sandwich” at Big Mama’s Kitchen.
Celebrity Movies: New Hampshire’s Moxy is famous for its celebrity chef.
Moxy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is known for its tapas menu, which offers guests pork belly bites, short rib, clams, and mussels. Chef Matt Louis helped put the eatery on the map because he has been a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award, a top honor in the culinary world, for three years straight. He has also been named Food and Wine’s best new chef and people’s choice.
Celebrity Movies: New York’s Katz’s Delicatessen is famous for a famous scene from “When Harry Met Sally.”
Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City is known for two things. First, the pastrami sandwich is considered one of the best in the country. Second, it was the setting for a popular scene in the 1989 movie “When Harry Met Sally,” starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Today, the restaurant is a popular tourist attraction where people come to reenact the famous scene.
Celebrity Movies: North Dakota’s Red Pepper is famous among college students.
In Grand Forks, North Dakota, Red Pepper has been open for more than 50 years, serving students at the University of North Dakota among its clientele. The most popular dish served is the grinder, which has salami, turkey, ham, and cheese on a roll. The Daily Meal has described the establishment as a “local landmark” and a “local legend.”
Celebrity Movies: Ohio’s Red Steakhouse is Kardashian-family approved.
Red Steakhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, is well-known for its steak, pasta, and seafood. In fact, the restaurant has been named one of the top 10 steakhouses in the country by Playboy. The eatery even has the Kardashian stamp of approval. In an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim and Kourtney dined at Red Steakhouse.
Celebrity Movies: Oregon’s Tasty n Alder is popular among celebrities like Reese Witherspoon.
Tasty n Alder in Portland, Oregon, describes itself as a “modern steakhouse,” serving up steak, salmon, and scallops. The food draws in a variety of celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern in 2014 when they filmed the movie “Wild.”
Celebrity Movies: Pennsylvania’s Victor Cafe is famous for appearing in the “Rocky” films.
Victor Cafe in Philadelphia specializes in Italian food, offering customers ravioli, tortellini, and steak. But the restaurant isn’t necessarily known for its food. Instead, Victor Cafe’s claim to fame is its appearances in the “Rocky” franchise. The restaurant appeared in “Rocky Balboa” in 2006 and in its spinoff, “Creed.” In the movies, the restaurant is called Adrian’s, however.
Celebrity Movies: South Carolina’s Butcher & Bee has had some A-list celebrity guests.
Butcher & Bee in Charleston, South Carolina, has an ever-evolving menu that changes with the season. However, throughout the year, ingredients are locally grown and fresh, according to the restaurant’s website. This philosophy may be why celebrities are drawn to Butcher & Bee. In 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio ate at the restaurant, sitting on the patio. Busy Phillips has also been spotted at Butcher & Bee.
Celebrity Movies: Tennessee’s Bluebird Cafe has famously hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, like Johnny Cash.
Bluebird Cafe in Nashville is a restaurant that operates as a famous music venue. Opening in 1982, Blue Bird Cafe serves minimal comfort foods, including chicken fingers and pork sandwiches. But the real draw is the music performances and the famous guests, which have included Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, and Garth Brooks. The ABC show “Nashville” also filmed there in 2012.
Celebrity Movies: Utah’s Ruth’s Diner is famous for its unique atmosphere.
Ruth’s Diner in Salt Lake City, Utah, allows guests to dine in railroad cars that were operating during the early 1900s. The restaurant focuses on brunch foods, serving french toast, huevos rancheros, and deep-fried mac and cheese. When “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” host Guy Fieri visited the restaurant, he said he couldn’t get enough of the fluffy biscuits.
Celebrity Movies: Vermont’s Prohibition Pig is known as one of the best BBQ joints in New England.
Located in Waterbury, Vermont, Prohibition Pig specializes in smoked meats and beer. But the Food Network says the real star is the mac and cheese. In fact, the network says it’s one of the best things to eat in Vermont.
Celebrity Movies: Virginia’s Beach Pub is famous for its various seafood dishes.
Located on Virginia Beach, Beach Pub serves crabs, shrimp, scallops, and fish-n-chips. Their popular seafood dishes attracted Food Network host Guy Fieri in 2011. While there, he ate the oyster Rockefeller, baked rockfish, and fish hash, giving the pub national attention and fame.
Celebrity Movies: Washington’s Canlis is an award-winning restaurant with stellar reviews. But its location may be why it’s so well-known.
Before Canlis opened in the 1950s, founder Peter Canlis wanted to build the restaurant in Seattle, but he couldn’t afford it. Instead, he built his eatery way outside of the city and on the edge of a cliff. But the awkward location seemed to pay off because Canlis has been nominated for 15 James Beard Awards — one of the highest honors in the culinary industry — and won 22 Wine Spectator Grand Awards. Today, the restaurant serves lamb, duck, rib eye, and rabbit.
Celebrity Movies: West Virginia’s Greenbrier dining room has been a popular restaurant for over 100 years.
The Greenbrier Resort’s main dining room– located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia — has been serving customers for over 100 years, becoming a landmark in the state. The fine dining restaurant serves impressive dishes like the roasted Cornish hen, the glazed pork loin, and the cauliflower steak.
Celebrity Movies: Wisconsin’s Mader’s Restaurant has famously served some of the biggest names in history, including President John F. Kennedy.
Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mader’s Restaurant has been open for over 100 years, serving mostly German foods like wiener schnitzel, duck strudel, and Hungarian style beef goulash. But over the course of its long history, Mader’s has served several famous people, including Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford. Other notable diners have included Britney Spears, Katie Perry, Kanye West, Tim McGraw, and Eric Clapton.
Celebrity Movies: Wyoming’s Snake River Grill is famous for its ice cream dessert.