Fascinating Place to Eat Pt 2

February 26, 2018

 

As promised, here are ten more places to try when you're traveling the United States. Next week, we'll share Massachusetts to New Jersey. What do you want to see? Let us know!

 

Maui, Hawaii

Hotel Wailea

Private treetop dining. Custom menu. Ocean views. $1200 for two people, but if you have the money, we hear it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll want on your bucket list.

 

Oldtown, Idaho

Auggies Drivin Diner

It's not a drive-in diner; it's a drivin' diner. It's a bright blue school bus-turned-diner. As a child of the 80's, this is on my list of must-do's. Why? The bus is 80's themed! Florescent colors? Check. Super cool movie playing? Check. Pictures of people with big hair and mullets? Check. Also, the burgers are so thick, you should plan on a knife and fork. And a to-go box.

 

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Sweatlodge

Sorry ladies, this one is for men only. Sweat in the sauna, soak in the pool, or get a massage, then wrap yourself in a towel or sheet and go enjoy the eastern European-style food.

 

Middlebury, Indiana

Das Dutchman Essenhaus

How do you pronounce it? We're not sure (does it read, "The Dutchman in the House?"), but if you're going to be in Indiana, you must try Amish-style cooking. Dinners include a drink and a large slice of pie for dessert, or there's the all-you-can-eat buffet. If you love what you eat, there's a bakery for you to take some with you. Gluten-free options available.

 

Des Moines, Iowa

Zombie Burger

You knew it had to exist. Someone created a zombie-themed restaurant. Even the food is named appropriately, such as The Walking Ched (a sort of hamburger-meets-macaroni-and-cheese mashup) and Soylent Greens (salads... I hope)

 

Lawrence, Kansas

715

When we asked where the best place to eat in Kansas was, the response was fairly unanimous: 715. We're told that if you're anywhere near it, it's a must. The menu sure has us intrigued, like the duck pizza, and it's always changing as the chefs try new things.

 

Louisville, Kentucky

Wagner's Pharmacy

Made famous as a meeting place for jockeys and sports writers, this pharmacy/convenience store/restaurant gives a nod to its history with a racing theme, including memorabilia from past Derbies. Conveniently located across the street from Churchill Downs.

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bug Appetite

If the name makes you squeamish, skip this section and go read about Maine. Located in the Insectarium, chefs will cook up bug-focused dishes from around the world for you to sample. It's not really a restaurant, but if you're looking for something unique, this is it.

 

Portland, Maine

Bubble Maineia

You would think that something to do with lobster would be listed, but since lobster is so prevalent in Maine, there's no one place that shines above the rest. Instead, we went with a Taiwanese/Chinese place. The food is great, but you absolutely have to meet Nancy, the owner. A wonderful, almost-always-happy little Asian lady, she takes the time to know each customer and remember their stories. She prides herself on taking care of her customers, and if she thinks you (or your child) haven't eaten enough, be prepared to be served extra food, free of charge. The manjuu (steamed, fluffy white buns, usually filled with pork or sweet bean paste) are nearly addicting, especially on a cold day. As a bonus, there are a variety of board games and puzzles to play while you wait.

 

Mechanicsville, Maryland

Bert's 50's Diner

You'll know the place when you see it. The front entrance looks like a jukebox, and they often have vintage cars out front. Monster desserts, black and white checkered floors, and advertisements straight out of the 1950s on the walls. We're told to bring a bag; you can't eat all of the food in one sitting.

 

Where is the most unusual place you've eaten? Let us know!

 

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