The Restaurants That Make Our Cities Great

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Food helps define a city’s character — Austin with its breakfast tacos, Chicago with its deep dish pizza, and Miami with its Cubanos. A city wouldn’t be what it is without restaurants bringing people together and adding flavor, diversity, and community to the mix.

Some restaurants are so closely woven into the fabric of a city they become part of its heartbeat, making it almost impossible to imagine the place without them. (What’s a New York without Grand Central Oyster Bar, or a San Francisco without Zuni Cafe?) These restaurants take many forms, from award-winning destination dining rooms to low-key joints that have been comforting havens for generations of locals.

These restaurants are The Greats, the spots that define our cities from New York to Toronto to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, capturing their past and present while also imagining their future. Preserving these landmark restaurants is essential to ensuring that our cities come out on the other side of the pandemic with some semblance of the culture and character that makes them unique.

And we’re eager to celebrate them with guides to the Greats in 14 cities across the United States and Canada, profiles of their signature dishes, spotlights on the most innovative pandemic pivots, and more stories. The Greats series toasts the restaurants that get us through — we can’t wait to get back in their dining rooms and return the love. 

So get ready to dine out, order in, and connect with greatness. These are the restaurants that make our cities shine.

Austin

City Guide: Austin’s 21 Greatest Restaurants

Boston

City Guide: The 21 Greatest Restaurants Around Boston

Chicago

City Guide: 21 Restaurants We Can’t Imagine Chicago Without
The Makings of a Great: From Takeout Counter to Mini Chain: How Jibaritos y Más Became a Vital Chicago Restaurant
Signature Dish: This Baked Potato-Inspired Bread Is an Iconic Chicago Dish

Dallas

City Guide: 16 Restaurants That Define Dallas Dining

Houston

City Guide: 17 Restaurants That Make Houston Dining Great

Las Vegas

City Guide: 21 Restaurants That Define Las Vegas Dining

Los Angeles

City Guide: Los Angeles’s 22 Greatest Restaurants
Pandemic Pivot: How Birdie G’s in Los Angeles Tapped Into the Power of Nostalgia During the Height of the Pandemic

Miami

City Guide: 21 Restaurants We Can’t Imagine Miami Without

New Jersey

City Guide: 22 Restaurants That Define New Jersey Dining

New York City

City Guide: New York City’s 22 Greatest Restaurants
The Makings of a Great: The Odeon’s Next Act Shows Why It’s an Enduring NYC Icon
Pandemic Pivot: How 4 Essential NYC Restaurants Innovated Through Coronavirus

Philadelphia

City Guide: 18 Restaurants We Can Imagine Philadelphia Without

San Francisco

City Guide: 24 Restaurants That Make San Francisco Dining Great
Signature Dish: At San Francisco’s Legendary House of Prime Rib, the Salad Dressing Takes a Week to Make

Toronto

City Guide: 21 Restaurants That Define Toronto Dining
Makings of a Great: The View, That Food: How Canoe Became a Must for Celebrating Special Occasions in Toronto

Washington, D.C.

City Guide: 21 Restaurants That Define Washington, D.C. Dining
Pandemic Pivot: How One of D.C.’s Best Ramen Shops Redid Its Famed Soup for Takeout
Signature Dish: This Acclaimed D.C. Restaurant’s Most Popular Dish Isn’t Even on the Menu