5 all-American Restaurants You Should Try This Summer
Love them we do, but there’s much more to American cuisine than hot dogs and hamburgers. That’s why we’re celebrating American independence with a look at five restaurants that feature the best of modern American dining, including seasonal flavors, exceptional service and delightful wines.
Red Rooster, New York City; redroosterharlem.com
Created by Andrew Chapman and chef Marcus Samuelsson, formerly of Aquavit, Red Rooster celebrates the food and culture of its historic Harlem neighborhood, with a menu that features fresh takes on many southern classics, while surrounding diners in art and music by New York artists.
Fun fact: Red Rooster is named for a legendary Harlem speakeasy, formerly located at 138th Street and 7th Avenue.
Must try dish: Mama P's fried fish
*Photo: Shrimp & Grits via redroosterharlem.com
Pomp & Circumstance, Chicago; pompchicago.com
Located on Wells Street in the heart of Old Town, the eclectic décor at Pomp & Circumstance evokes Americana of the 1950s and ’60s, with nods to iconic beatnik literature, while the menu sprinkles local farm goods and European flair across American classics like pot roast.
Fun fact: In 1870, the reputation of Wells Street became so bad it was renamed Fifth Avenue to convey the prestige of New York’s Fifth Avenue, but the name Wells returned in 1916.
Must try dish: Mussels with shallot, garlic and Pabst Blue Ribbon
Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange, NJ; highlawn.com
Operating out of a restored open-air “casino” atop a 400-acre nature preserve, Chef Mitchell Altholz offers new American cuisine, owing much of its incredible freshness and flavor to their wholly owned farm, Pleasantdale Château Farm, Greenhouses and Orchards, which he visits daily.
Fun Fact: The artisanal water served here is pure mineral water, sourced from deep beneath the Eagle Rock Reservation.
Must try dish: Homemade shrimp ravioli
Malibu Café Country Kitchen & Bar, Malibu; themalibucafe.com
Operated by the Gerson Family for four generations, Malibu Café on the Calamigos Ranch celebrates the cowboy lifestyle with “nouveau barbecue,” incorporating modern cooking techniques and fresh ingredients set in a casual, rustic outdoor dining experience,
Must try dish: 3 ½ pound beer-can chicken
Fun Fact: The bucolic grounds at Malibu Café feature ponds with free paddleboats.
Ke’e Grill American Cuisine, Boca Raton; keegrillbocaraton.com
Celebrate America’s 50th state at this restaurant named after a beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The ambiance is tastefully tropical, with bamboo surfaces and mounted marlins on the walls. The menu features a bounty of surf and turf, including many local fish, along with nods to tiki classics like Super Pu Pu Platter.
Must try dish: Macadamia nut crusted yellowtail snapper
Fun Fact: Prince Kuhio introduced the first Hawaiian statehood bill to Congress in 1919, but statehood was not attained until 1959.