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What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?

Updated March 13, 2018 466 votes 100 voters 1.9k views44 items

List RulesVote up the restaurants that best represent their home states.

Each state has a lot to offer: from famous movie locations to iconic TV show settings, to being the birth place of some of some renowned movie stars and musicians. But let's say you're a foodie that has plans to visit every single state and chow down on the best each state has to offer. Hey, if that's you then you've definitely come to the right place. If you want to embark on one epic, cross-country road trip and sample the amazing cuisine this country has to offer, then we've got your back because we're here to break down the most famous restaurant in every state for you. And let's say you're not the biggest fan of traveling and just love the city you’re in. We've got you covered there too because if you comb through this list you'll find out what's the most famous restaurant from your state.  

Sure, some of these restaurants may be plagued by tourists but that's the price you pay for wanting to check out the most famous establishments. Some of these places are award-nominated, fine dining eateries. Others are affordable diners that give you your money's worth. Either way, you're going to come away from his list absolutely starving and with a big old list of recommendations.  

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    South Dakota - Wall Drug is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    South Dakota - Wall Drug

    Before you've even driven into South Dakota, you're going to see signs for Wall Drug at least 1000 miles before you've arrived in the state, advertising free ice water. In addition to the maple donuts and hot beef sandwiches up for consumption, you can check out a big T-Rex and a huge Jackalope.  

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    New York - Katz's Deli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    New York - Katz's Deli

    Katz's Deli keeps locals and tourists flocking to it so frequently, not just because Meg Ryan faked an orgasm there and prompted an old woman to have what she's having. No – they're renowned for their mammoth sandwiches and its longevity – Katz's has been there for roughly 100 years.  

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    Kansas - Joe's Kansas City Bar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Kansas - Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

    Kansas is often considered the barbeque capital of the world and Joe's is cited as one of the best in the state, despite opening as recently as the 90s. The original Joe's location is in a gas station in Kansas City, serving its patrons delicious BBQ cuisine since 1996.  

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    Florida - Joe's Stone Crab is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Florida - Joe's Stone Crab

    This Miami Beach located seafood place attracts hordes of hungry visitors that come for the famous stone crabs (the ones that gave the restaurant its namesake) and its famous key lime pie. There are a few more Joe's located across the country, but this Florida establishment is the original.  

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    Texas - Salt Lick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Texas - Salt Lick

    Salt Lick is renowned as the most quintessentially Texan BBQ spot in the state. Located on a huge ranch estate and cantered around a huge circular smoking that has been producing incredibly smoked meats for nearly 50 years.  

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    Indiana - St Elmo's Steak  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Indiana - St Elmo's Steak House

    Originally conceived as a bar in 1902, St Elmo's turned into a steak house during the Prohibition era. This landmark restaurant is Indianapolis's oldest steak house and it's earned national acclaim and a reputation for its cuisine.  

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    Louisiana - Commander's Palace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Louisiana - Commander's Palace

    You could throw a stone just about anywhere in New Orleans and hit a restaurant that opened 100 years ago that's considered one of the most iconic in the city, but Commander's Palace is a very strong contender for most famous restaurant in the state. Commander's Palace has a beautiful turquoise façade and is located in the Garden District. It's become the go-to destination for Creole cuisine since it opened its doors in 1880.  

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    Alabama - Highlands Bar And Gr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Alabama - Highlands Bar And Grill

    Birmingham's most iconic restaurant, Highlands Bar and Grill, first opened in 1982 and has been serving French-influenced Southern fare for more than 30 years. The menu is adjusted daily to incorporate seasonal ingredients and the dishes are complemented by wines from France and California.  

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    Connecticut - Frank Pepe Pizze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Connecticut - Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

    The birth place of the New Haven-style pizza and the white clam pie, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napolentana (also known as Pepe's) has been open since 1925 and is one of the oldest, most well-known pizzerias in the country.  

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    Tennessee - Pancake Pantry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Tennessee - Pancake Pantry

    Nashville's Pancake Pantry (there are actually two Pancake Pantrys in Tennessee but the Nashville one is said to be the best) has people lining round the block from the early hours of the morning to get their hands on some scratch made pancakes.  

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    Maryland - Phillips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Maryland - Phillips

    Maryland's residents are all about their seafood, and one of the place the state's citizens go to show their love of this cuisine is Phillips. Since the original Ocean City restaurant opened in 1956, it has become a number one destination for its renowned Maryland Steamed Crabs.  

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    New Jersey - Tops Diner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    New Jersey - Tops Diner

    Tops Diner has made a ton of lists that have ranked it as one of the best diners in America. It's a New Jersey stalwart that is home to a fully stocked bar and two bakes that produce some of the freshest cheesecake you're likely to find in the state.  

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    Utah - Ruth's Diner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Utah - Ruth's Diner

    Ruth's Diner is built in an actual trolley car that used to roll through Salt Lake City in the early 1900s. While the trolley car aesthetic remains, the purpose of this establishment is serving fantastic all-American diner food and beautiful views of the creek thanks to its huge patio.  

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    Arkansas - One Eleven At The C is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Arkansas - One Eleven At The Capital

    Located in Little Rock and having the distinction of being a former James Beard semi-finalist for the title of best new restaurant, One Eleven at the Capital boasts a large, extensive menu each item of which has been created by James Beard award-winning Chef Joel Antunes.  

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    Alaska - Club Paris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Alaska - Club Paris

    Club Paris is located in a former funeral parlor and has the distinction of being the oldest steak house in Alaska. Its most iconic dish is the 14oz filet and it has been serving its delicious steak and seafood to locals and visitors alike since the 1950s.  

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    Illinois - Superdawg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Illinois - Superdawg

    Is there anything more ironically American than a drive-in? How about hot dogs? You can load up on both at Superdawg, which is renowned for its beef dogs and crinkle-cut fries. Superdawg started off as a hot dog stand in 1948 in Chicago, before becoming the beloved drive-in it is today.  

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    Iowa - Northwestern Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Iowa - Northwestern Steakhouse

    This Mason City-based Greek-style steak house has been serving patrons since the 1920s. Greek-style means that the steaks are broiled in olive oil and seasoned with a special Greek blend of herbs and spices which means the steaks are melt in your mouth tender.  Northwestern Steakhouse is just a couple of hours north of Des Moines. 

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    Montana - Lucca's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Montana - Lucca's

    Lucca's offers its patrons a unique fine dining experience and incredibly Italian fare and has been awarded the title of Montana's Best Restaurant three years running since 2015. This restaurant has only 15 tables so expect an intimate atmosphere and incredible, authentic Italian dishes.  

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    Georgia - H&H Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Georgia - H&H Soul Food

    H&H Soul Food first opened its doors in 1959 and was founded by Inez Hill and "Mamma" Louise Hudson. This soul food establishment has become an iconic restaurant in the town of Macon, no less for its association with the Allman Brothers Band who frequented H&H in the 70s.  

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    Nevada - The Peppermill Restau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Nevada - The Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge

    The Peppermill is a must-stop destination on the Vegas strip. It doesn't matter what time you roll up to this Las Vegas icon, you'll be in for a dining experience that is the encapsulation of the gambling capital of America.  

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    Kentucky - Jack's Fry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Kentucky - Jack's Fry

    Kentucky is synonymous with horse racing and mint juleps, and Jack's Fry is where those two things convene in, arguably, the state's most famous and beloved Louisville restaurant. Founded in 1933 by the eponymous Jack Fry – a known gambler. You can take in just about every racing program at Jack's as well as an old school 30s vibe.  

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    Wisconsin - Frank's Diner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Wisconsin - Frank's Diner

    If it isn’t the home of the Garbage Plate, Frank's Diner certainly popularized the dish; patrons of this Wisconsin mainstay can tuck into a healthy pile of hash browns, grilled peppers, onion, meat, and cheese and they have been since Frank's opened its doors in 1926.  

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    Oregon - Portland City Grill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Oregon - Portland City Grill

    Purporting to be Portland's most popular restaurant, Portland City Grill boats gorgeous views of the city and the Cascade Mountains that can be enjoyed with the fresh seafood, steaks and salads on offer.  

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    Wyoming - Snake River Grill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Wyoming - Snake River Grill

    Snake River Grill has become a firm favorite on the Wyoming dining scene over the last 20 years, serving American cuisine and over 300 wines.  

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    Vermont - Prohibition Pig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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    Vermont - Prohibition Pig

    Waterbury's Prohibition Pig serves up delicious smoked meats, classic cocktails and its own beer, because this restaurant doubles as a brewery. Fill up on pig meat and sample the bespoke beers on tap.  

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