10 Foodie Hotels to Satisfy a Seasoned Palate

The James hotel's David Burke Primehouse lifts Chicago steakhouse to new culinary heights
The James hotel’s David Burke Primehouse lifts Chicago steakhouse to new culinary heights

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 Benjamin
New York, New York
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s modern cuisine at The National was recognized by a James Beard Award.

The James Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
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.

O Hotel
Los Angeles, California
Bar | Kitchen serves market-fresh, upscale comfort food with Los Angeles Times and CBS acclaimed smoky and sweet libations.

Inn at the Black Olive
Baltimore, Maryland
Rooftop Olive Room offers organic breakfast by morning and market-fresh Mediterranean fare with a Wine Spectator-award winning wine list by evening.

Hotel Lucia
Portland, Oregon
Renowned chef at Imperial serves up Portlandia-worthy breakfast, lunch and dinner with artisan, Northwest-infused creations to please any palate.

Cedarbrook Lodge
Seattle, Washington
Copperleaf Restaurant dishes farm-raised meats, organic local produce and fair-trade chocolate, grows greens in an on-site garden and pours Northwest microbrews.

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.

Hidden Pond
Kennebunkport, Maine
James Beard Award-winning chef at Earth uses local food and Back Porch Bar serves locally brewed beer.

The Lodge at Woodloch
Hawley, Pennsylvania
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

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