You search menus for locally sourced ingredients and farm-raised meats. Foraged fresh herbs are staples. Oysters on the half shell weaken your knees. Hand-made pasta drizzled with truffle oil and sprinkled with parmesan is (almost) a religious experience. Traveling to a winery just to taste a vintage critics rave about seems reasonable.
Foodies of the world, unfurl your napkins. Whet your palate with culinary concoctions at these acclaimed (and even a few hidden gem) restaurants. Sleep like a sated baby after your last bite as these eateries are all inside boutique hotels (locally owned, but of course) across the US.
The James Chicago
David Burke’s Primehouse lifts steakhouse classics to new heights and also delivers a private “chef’s table” experience for small groups. Or order in-room cocktails to sip in your robe.
The Liaison Capitol Hill
Washington, District of Columbia
Art and Soul’s Chef Art Smith is a two-time James Beard Awardee serving farm-to-table cuisine. He’s also Oprah Winfrey’s chef and rumored to be one of Michelle Obama’s favorites.
WaterColor Inn & Resort
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
New York Times hails it “sophisticated.” Fish Out of Water Restaurant (AAA Four-Diamond and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence rated) has a chef who purveys fresh fish and organic produce.
James Beard Award-winning chef at Earth uses local food and Back Porch Bar serves locally brewed beer.
The Lodge at Woodloch
Tree, voted “Best of Cuisine” in SpaFinder (think lobster and basil risotto), offers 3 gourmet meals plus snacks throughout the day—all included in your stay.
Photo: James hotel’s David Burke Primehouse, copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus