The 47 finest restaurants in the United States that you must visit in 2024

When the quest for the next culinary delight arises, be it from friends craving the newest flavors, family seeking memorable dining experiences, or readers relying on our seasoned guidance, we embrace the challenge with enthusiasm.

Our dedication as journalists extends beyond mere reporting; it’s a passion fueled by our deep connection to the communities we serve, from the Des Moines Register to The Arizona Republic, and beyond. We’re not transient visitors; we’re local connoisseurs on a perpetual journey to uncover the exceptional.

In our annual tribute to the USA TODAY Restaurants of the Year for 2024, we’ve ventured beyond the expected, curating a list that shines a spotlight on the culinary landscape’s most intriguing offerings. From the buzzworthy to the timeless, our selection transcends the ordinary, featuring establishments that not only tantalize the palate but also weave stories and foster connections.

These restaurants, a harmonious blend of innovation and tradition, offer a gastronomic journey through Instagrammable locales led by visionary chefs, cherished local favorites steeped in history, and sanctuaries of fine dining that beckon the epicurean traveler. They are not merely places to eat; they are destinations to experience, with narratives as rich and diverse as their menus.

Presenting the 47 USA TODAY Restaurants of the Year for 2024, where culinary excellence meets the heart and soul of American dining:

Urban Bar & Kitchen, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A testament to culinary fusion and warm hospitality, this spot has quickly become the pride of Druid City, offering a menu that dances across the spectrum from gumbo to honey garlic pork chops.

Cocina Chiwas, Tempe, Arizona: Here, traditional Mexican cuisine meets a personal touch, offering diners a taste of childhood memories through dishes like wood-fired parrillada in a setting that blends modernity with warmth.

Glai Baan, Phoenix, Arizona: This intimate venue transports diners to northern Thailand with its meticulously crafted dishes, earning its place as a beacon of authenticity in the Phoenix culinary scene.

Alps Village, Palm Desert, California: Offering a slice of Europe in the heart of the Coachella Valley, this establishment is celebrated for its authentic German and Balkan cuisine, served in a setting that marries old-world charm with contemporary elegance.

Beijing Noodle, Fort Collins, Colorado: A hidden gem that presents a tapestry of authentic Chinese flavors, revealing the culinary riches of Henan and beyond in an unassuming locale.

Harry’s Savoy Grill, Wilmington, Delaware: An embodiment of high-standard hospitality and culinary excellence, Harry’s stands as a testament to Delaware’s dining prowess, offering a menu where prime rib and aged rib-eye take center stage.

Brother Fox, Pensacola, Florida: Nestled in a historic church, this establishment offers a unique blend of local history and contemporary culinary innovation, making it a must-visit for both its ambiance and its cuisine.

The Daley Trade, Titusville, Florida: In a town famed for its space explorations, this restaurant and marketplace dazzles with its focus on locally sourced ingredients and globally inspired dishes.

Star Fish Company, Cortez, Florida: This dockside restaurant, steeped in the fishing heritage of Cortez, delights with its fresh Gulf seafood and a view that’s as captivating as its menu.

Stage Kitchen & Bar, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: A venue where modern-Indian dishes meet a vibrant atmosphere, showcasing Chef Marathe’s innovative approach to cuisine that has garnered national acclaim.

Cotton & Rye, Savannah, Georgia: A haven of elevated comfort food, where traditional dishes are reimagined with a modern twist, reflecting Savannah’s rich culinary landscape.

Ardor Breads and Provisions, Peoria, Illinois: A bakery-turned-restaurant that champions the art of live-fire cooking, offering a seasonal menu that’s as dynamic as its origins.

The Elm, Bloomington, Indiana: A cozy neighborhood spot where global adventures inspire a menu that’s both familiar and surprising, served in a setting that feels like home.

Tinker Street, Indianapolis, Indiana: Here, the joy of dining is celebrated with every meticulously crafted dish, reflecting a deep love for culinary exploration and quality ingredients.

Harbinger, Des Moines, Iowa: A showcase of vegetable-forward dishes with Asian influences, where seasonal Iowa ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces.

The Webster, Iowa City, Iowa: This restaurant offers a sophisticated dining experience with a focus on Midwestern ingredients and global flavors, set against the backdrop of Iowa City’s historic charm.

Barn 8, Goshen, Kentucky: A dining experience deeply rooted in Kentucky’s heritage, offering a menu that’s a tribute to local agriculture and culinary traditions, all within the rustic elegance of a repurposed barn.

Nami, Louisville, Kentucky: Chef Edward Lee’s homage to Korean cuisine, blending traditional flavors with local ingenuity, creating a dining experience that’s both authentic and innovative.

Dakar NOLA, New Orleans, Louisiana: A cross-continental culinary journey that explores the deep connections between Creole and Senegalese cuisines, served in a setting that’s rich in storytelling and flavor.

Fat Calf Brasserie, Shreveport, Louisiana: A neighborhood gem offering French-inspired Southern cuisine, where the focus on shareable plates and locally sourced ingredients creates a warm, communal dining experience.

Black Goat Test Kitchen & Supperclub, Warren, Maine: An intimate dining experience where chefs Derek Ronspies and Cat Biggar craft multi-course feasts that celebrate Maine’s local bounty and culinary creativity.

Selden Standard, Detroit, Michigan: A beacon in Detroit’s culinary scene, offering a menu that emphasizes seasonal ingredients and simple preparations, all within a modern and inviting space.

Owamni, Minneapolis, Minnesota: A groundbreaking restaurant that redefines Indigenous cuisine, focusing on native ingredients and sustainable practices to create dishes that are both innovative and deeply rooted in tradition.

Stamps Super Burgers, Jackson, Mississippi: A beloved local institution that elevates the humble burger into a culinary marvel, showcasing the flavors and hospitality that define Mississippi.

Louis’ Basque Corner, Reno, Nevada: A culinary journey to the heart of Basque country, offering communal dining and traditional dishes that celebrate Nevada’s rich Basque heritage.

Al-Basha, Paterson, New Jersey: A culinary treasure that serves as a gateway to the flavors of the Middle East, offering dishes that are as authentic as they are delicious.

Heirloom Kitchen, Old Bridge, New Jersey: A restaurant that seamlessly blends the roles of cooking school and dining destination, offering a menu that’s as educational as it is exquisite.

Sushi by Sea, Ridgefield, New Jersey: An elusive omakase experience that transcends the ordinary, offering a menu that’s a testament to the chef’s creativity and mastery of sushi.

Mariachi Mexico, Armonk, New York: A celebration of Mexican cuisine that focuses on authenticity and local ingredients, offering dishes that are a vibrant reflection of Mexico’s culinary heritage.

Redd, Rochester, New York: A culinary gem that showcases globally inspired fare in a setting that’s rich in history and ambiance, reflecting the best of Rochester’s dining scene.

Neng Jr’s, Asheville, North Carolina: A fusion of Filipino and Southern cuisines, offering dishes that are both comforting and innovative, set against the backdrop of Asheville’s vibrant culinary landscape.

Catch, Wilmington, North Carolina: A testament to local seafood and culinary innovation, where traditional dishes are reimagined with a modern twist, showcasing the best of North Carolina’s coast.

FYR, Columbus, Ohio: A culinary journey to the heart of Latin American cuisine, where traditional techniques meet locally sourced ingredients, creating a menu that’s as diverse as it is delicious.

Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A celebration of Laotian cuisine, offering a menu that’s a tribute to the chef’s heritage and the vibrant flavors of Laos.

Doro Bet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An innovative approach to Ethiopian cuisine, offering dishes that are as flavorful as they are meaningful, served in a setting that’s both modern and inviting.

The Speckled Egg Cafe, New Hope, Pennsylvania: A hidden gem that offers a unique dining experience at a local market, showcasing the creativity and passion of its owners through a menu that’s both unexpected and delightful.

Viet Thai Cafe, York, Pennsylvania: A pioneer in Asian fusion cuisine, offering a menu that blends the flavors of Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos, reflecting the rich culinary diversity of central Pennsylvania.

Sly Fox Den Too, Charlestown, Rhode Island: A celebration of Indigenous cuisine, offering dishes that are a testament to the chef’s cultural heritage and culinary creativity.

Gift Horse, Providence, Rhode Island: A social dining experience that focuses on local seafood and seasonal ingredients, offering a menu that’s as engaging as the restaurant’s vibrant atmosphere.

Potchke, Knoxville, Tennessee: A Jewish deli that explores the chef’s Ukrainian heritage through delicious food with a story, offering a menu that’s both nostalgic and innovative.

Locust, Nashville, Tennessee: A dining experience that’s as fun as it is flavorful, offering a menu that’s a reflection of the chef’s talent and the restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere.

Mum Foods Smokehouse and Delicatessen, Austin, Texas: A culinary destination that blends the best of barbecue and deli traditions, offering a menu that’s as diverse as it is delicious.

Odd Duck, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A small-plates restaurant that combines global flavors with local charm, offering a menu that’s a celebration of culinary creativity and community.

Additionally, we’ve highlighted exceptional dining experiences from coast to coast, including Holbox in Los Angeles, Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, Ernesto’s in Manhattan, and Communion in Seattle, each offering unique interpretations of their respective cuisines and contributing to the rich tapestry of America’s dining landscape.

As we present this curated list of the 47 USA TODAY Restaurants of the Year for 2024, we invite you to embark on a culinary journey that promises not just meals, but memories. These establishments are not merely places to dine; they are destinations to be savored, celebrated, and cherished.

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