Todd DeFeo

For a good time, eat here

HOUSTON — It’s impossible to put together a list and say these are the 10 best restaurants in the country.

There are just so many worthy places to eat.

Still, it’s fun to try. So, with that in mind, here are 10 (or so) great eateries of all shapes and sizes (and all styles of cuisine). Eat here, and you won’t be disappointed:

  • Hitching Post II, Buellton, Calif.: The restaurant boasts having the “Best BBQ steaks” and one taste of their filet mignon seasoned with the restaurant’s signature Magic Dust makes a compelling argument.
  • The Rainbow Lodge, Houston: From antelope to buffalo to venison, this dining establishment puts a unique twist on a steak dinner.
  • Carolina Smokehouse, Cashiers, N.C.: “I’ve spent most of my money on beer and BAR-B-Q. The rest I’ve just wasted,” read one of the signs on the Smokehouse’s walls. That’s not a bad way to go through life.
  • T Ray’s, Fernandina Beach, Fla.: “Eat here, get gas,” the shirts say. It’s worth the risk for one of these burgers.
  • The Varsity, Atlanta: What’ll ya have? Just make sure the order includes an FO.
  • El Charro, Tucson, Ariz.: This is said to be the home of the Chimichanga.
  • Carnegie Deli, New York: Just order a corned beef on rye.
  • Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, Columbus, Ohio: Bring an empty stomach and order the Autobahn all-you-can-eat sausage buffet.
  • Salsa Brava, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Located along Historic Route 66, it’s no wonder Guy Fieri brought his hit show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” here.
  • Bone’s, Atlanta: When an Atlanta steakhouse often receives reviews topping New York steakhouses, it’s going to be good eating. Just be sure to order a bottle of the restaurant’s private reserve cabernet sauvignon.
  • Tommy’s Country Ham House, Greenville, S.C.: Don’t let the fact that politicians running for public office make this southern smokehouse a must on their campaign trail. The breakfast might just be one of the best in the Southeast.
About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and