“Nobody goes there anymore, because it’s too crowded.” Those were the immortal words of Yankee great Yogi Berra, whose syntax was scrambled but whose batting eye was keen. Mr. Berra, who knew more about the New York City nightlife than a ballplayer should know, was talking about a restaurant that was all the rage circa 1958.
Unfortunately, the eatery to which Yogi referred is lost to antiquity, though it could have been the one pictured above.
Popular Restaurants Across America You Need To Visit
Money Examiners found some other restaurants that have gained such popularity that you’ll need some patience to get in.
Are they worth it? Wait until you’ve had a meal there, and then ask that question if you dare.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab, Chicago, Illinois.
Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami institution since 1913, and this place is owned by the same people. Florida crab remains a constant on the menu.
Other fish choices include Oysters Rockefeller, and crisp-fried shrimp, along with Alaskan halibut. Meat choices include a rarely served (except for here) bone-in filet mignon.
St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis, Indiana.
For those who only know St. Elmo by the Demi Moore movie when she was at the height of her powers, Elmo is the patron saint of sailors. This place, named in his honor, opened in 1902 as a tavern.
Now, it serves nine different styles of steak. Chops, seafood, chicken, and salads complete the menu.
Bottega Louie, Los Angeles, California.
This 256-seat restaurant nestled in downtown L.A. has patisserie, a gourmet grocery store, and a café attached. Breakfast and Saturday and Sunday brunch are served, but pizzas, pasta, gazpacho, raw Sicilian tuna, and meatballs marinara are offered day and night.
Other dishes come and go according to the chef’s pleasure and mood.
The Hamilton, Washington D.C.
This restaurant is perhaps most renowned as the gathering spot for journalists before the annual political roast known as the Press Club dinner.
Why do the boys and girls of the Fourth Estate love it so much? It has a dish to suit everyone’s taste buds.
A mezze platter, cheese and charcuterie, fish and chips, hot chicken (Nashville-style), house-made pasta, chops, steaks, sandwiches, and burgers. Looking for something with a little extra thrown in? A selection of creamy shakes and malts, plain or liquor infused.
Prime 112, Miami Beach, Florida.
While none of the restaurants on our list are shy and retiring, this place is one-of-a-kind in its brashness. It launched in 2004 as “the first modern steakhouse in America.”
No matter, because, as they say, “It isn’t bragging if you can back it up.” The menu is 15 cuts and portion sizes of steak. They come dressed by one of 17 different sauces and compound butter selections.
Ten varieties of regular and/or sweet potatoes and 22 vegetable preparations come along for the ride. Then, every night, expect “chef’s compositions.” These range from blackened swordfish to melt-in-your-mouth chicken and waffles.
Acme Feed and Seed, Nashville, Tennessee.
Built in 1889-90, this building has been home to a number of businesses. It’s been a grocery store, a drug store, and a flour retailer.
The structure was only occupied off and on until 2014 when Nashville restaurateur Tom Morales took the reins.
The restaurant is on the ground floor. It serves up such good-time foods as hot chicken sandwiches and gorgonzola meatloaf.
Come for the food and stay for the open-air bar on the roof (pictured left).
Are you hungry yet, because Money Examiners says, “Let’s eat.” Any and all of these fine restaurants say, “Come on in.”