Alabama - Chez Fonfon, Birmingham: Charming French bistro with 20 years of popularity, offering delightful interiors, a pretty patio, and French specialties like steak frites, led by award-winning chef Frank Stitt.

Alaska - Tracy's King Crab Shack, Juneau: Mecca for crab enthusiasts, known for Bristol Bay king crab legs, award-winning king crab bisque, and a lively atmosphere in Juneau.

Arizona - FnB, Scottsdale: James Beard Award-winning restaurant in Scottsdale, renowned for its seasonal Arizona ingredients, a notable wine program supporting local wineries, and led by chef Charleen Badman.

Arkansas - The Pantry, Little Rock: Growing in popularity, The Pantry in Little Rock offers a unique dining experience with German, Czech, and American specialties, including Hungarian goulash & Czech roast beef.

California - Chez Panisse, Berkeley: Iconic Berkeley restaurant founded in 1971 by Alice Waters, a pioneer in local and seasonal ingredients, earning numerous accolades and the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.

Colorado - Frasca, Boulder: Exquisite Italian dining experience in Boulder, inspired by Friuli-Venezia Giulia, praised for outstanding service, exceptional wine service, and recognized by the James Beard Foundation.

Connecticut - Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven: A New Haven classic since 1925, Frank Pepe's is known for unchanged coal-fired brick oven pizzas, recognized as an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation.

Delaware - The House of William and Merry, Hockessin: Chef-owned restaurant in Hockessin, racking up awards since 2011, featuring a changing menu with dishes like crawfish bisque and grilled prime beef steak.