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Where to Find Old-School, Classic Restaurants in 19 Eater Cities

The steakhouses, delis, and pizzerias that have stood the test of time and earned iconic status

Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia/R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Every city has its classic restaurants, those which have stood the test of time over the years. These destinations tend to have a loyal customer fan-base, the flexibility to withstand changing times, and naturally, food worth coming back for.

These maps of classic restaurants across Eater Cities feature places ranging from upscale steakhouses to no-nonsense takeout spots. This lineup includes everything from La Grenouille in New York City, the opulent French restaurant that serves frog legs and caviar, to the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, a burger joint along Highway 100 that’s famous for its buttermilk biscuits.

Each of these dining establishments holds a special place in its city’s history and culture, allowing its success to persist as the decades go by. A trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without a fried shrimp po’ boy from the nearly century-old Domilise’s, just as Philadelphia wouldn’t be the same without Reading Terminal Market, a culinary icon since 1892.

The Berghoff in Chicago/Facebook
Yamashiro in Los Angeles/Wonho Frank Lee
Lombardi’s in New York City/Robert Sietsema
Foreign Cinema in San Francisco

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