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What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State? 

Rebecca Shortall
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List Rules Vote 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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New York - Katz's Deli ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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South Dakota - Wall Drug... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Florida - Joe's Stone Cr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Kansas - Joe's Kansas Ci... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Texas - Salt Lick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Louisiana - Commander's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Indiana - St Elmo's Stea... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Alabama - Highlands Bar ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Georgia - H&H Soul F... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Alaska - Club Paris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Utah - Ruth's Diner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Iowa - Northwestern Stea... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Oregon - Portland City G... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Arkansas - One Eleven At... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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New Jersey - Tops Diner ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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California - Quince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
California - Quince

Boasting three Michelin stars and located in San Francisco, Quince offers its diners a 13-course tasting menu that is comprised of the freshest seasonal produce available. Quince's Chef Michael Tusk has been honored with the tile of Best Chef: Pacific in 2011 by the James Beard Foundation in 2011.   

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North Dakota - Red Peppe... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
North Dakota - Red Pepper

Red Pepper has been a North Dakota landmark for over 50 years and has been satisfying University of North Dakota's late-night cravings for just as long. Come for the Grinder, a dish comprised of white sauce, lettuce, hot sauce, Swiss, and taco meat. 

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New Mexico - El Pinto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
New Mexico - El Pinto

El Pinto isn't just New Mexico's most famous restaurant – it's been listed as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the entire country. El Pinto's been serving incredible Mexican food since 1962 and, currently, it can seat up to 1200 guests at a time because of its five patios and three indoor dining rooms.  

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Illinois - Superdawg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Mississippi - Mayflower ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
Mississippi - Mayflower Cafe

Since first opening its doors in 1935, the Mayflower Café has become a Jackson staple for its Greek-inspired seafood. It's also the oldest restaurant in the city and is billed as a downtown landmark.  

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Missouri - Bluestem is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
Missouri - Bluestem

This Kansas City-based restaurant has been a semi-finalist in the 2017 James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurant and was also up for this award in 2016 and 2015 too. Their marriage of excellent hospitality and innovative food is what keeps Missourians coming for more.  

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Rhode Island - Haven Bro... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
Rhode Island - Haven Brothers Diner

Sure, we already mentioned New Jersey being the home of the diner, but Rhode Island has its fair share of competitors especially in Haven Brothers Diner. This mobile diner parks itself close to the Providence City Hall and stays there all night long, serving delicious burgers and hot dogs to politicians and late night revelers alike.  

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Tennessee - Pancake Pant... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
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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Colorado - Buckhorn Exch... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is The Most Famous Restaurant In Every State?
Colorado - Buckhorn Exchange

"Denver's original steakhouse" is Buckhorn Exchange, and it offers its patrons huge prime steaks and oysters that are sure to satisfy the hunger of everyone in your party. But it's just not just steak this place serves; there are more exotic menu items on the trading post like elk, game hen, alligator tail and buffalo sausage.