7 Must-Try Hotel Restaurants for Foodies
To those foodies that let their tastes buds do the traveling, before you map out the best restaurants on your next city tour, look no further than your very own hotel. Here are some not-to-be-missed meals that will give a whole new meaning to hotel restaurants.
1. The Burger Joint, Le Parker Meridien, New York
While not the most conventional food establishment to be found in a high-end Manhattan hotel, the Burger Joint is a hidden hole-in-the-wall gem that has people lining up around its maroon curtains. Don’t let its home in the ritzy Le Parker Meridien fool you, though. This is a no-frills burger joint with only one menu item for the taking, hence why you’ll always see it listed among the city’s best burgers.
2. Primehouse, The James Chicago
When the James Beard Awards gala moved to Chicago this past year, it solidified Chicago as one of the country’s best food cities. So, when Chicago Eater boldly said David Burke’s Primehouse “boasts some of the finest cuts of meat in town,” it’s sure to turn heads. In addition to its mouth-watering steaks, the desserts have diners painfully saving room for a bite of its famous can-rimed red velvet caked served with a side of cream cheese frosting to slather at your own discretion and even the cake batter covered beaters to lick clean.
3. Seagrape, Thompson Miami Beach
Thompson Miami Beach made a splash when it opened its doors last year, and very quickly its onsite restaurant, Seagrape, rose to the top of the “best restaurant” lists. Well, when it’s helmed by James Beard award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, it’s no wonder. The locally sourced menu of fresh catches of the day like crispy-skin Florida snapper has been described as “made-in-Florida fit” and Miami Herald critics claim “it’s on its way to becoming one of South Florida’s authentic treasures.”
4. The Breslin, Ace Hotel New York
Meat-aholics will find solace at this Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Ace Hotel. Chef April Bloomfield, who is notoriously known for her pork-prone menus, doesn’t disappoint nor stick to convention like serving up lamb chops for appetizers and seafood-stuffed sausage. Bloomfield’s unique takes on gastropub food is as boundary-pushing as Eater’s bold (yet true) statement that, “The Breslin, five years after opening, has grown into the best place to eat meat in The Big Apple, period.”
5. Eastern Standard, Hotel Commonwealth, Boston
Listed among Boston’s best restaurants according to Zagat, Eastern Standard is the newest of Hotel Commonwealth’s three acclaimed eateries. Zagat lauds that its “European inflections on seasonal New England favorites, and a top-shelf beverage program, have turned it into a modern Kenmore Square stalwart.” It’s also a hotspot on the brunch scene, and with a location just five minutes from Fenway Park, fans routinely nosh on brassiere-style breakfast dishes before game day.
6. Kin Khao, Parc 55 San Francisco
Kin Khao may be a small Thai restaurant in Hilton’s Par 55 hotel, but it is serving up big flavors and major accolades. Both Bon Appetite and GQ Magazine named it one of the country’s best new restaurants. Owner, Pim Techamuanvivit, delivers authentic, hard-to-find Thai food that pays homage to her native roots in Thailand. Diners can venture to try rabbit green curry, chicken fat rice and thai fish custard.
7. Roaring Fork, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
A power lunch staple, the Roaring Fork in the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin, just misses the mark for Zagat’s “extraordinary” rating, but its “top-notch” fare and upscale Texan atmosphere still lands it on the list for best restaurants in Austin. It also serves up a popular happy hour menu offered daily and a massive, buzz-worthy burger aptly named Roaring Fork Big Ass Burger. Expandable pants, recommended.
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