Anyone looking for a bucket list of American restaurants to visit before end times should consider taking a look at Yale historian Paul Freedman's newest book: Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Since the beginning (think: the first Thanksgiving), food has been inextricably woven into the fabric of our country's culture—and how Americans have chosen to spend their hard-earned money on dining experiences throughout recent history surely says a great deal about who we are as a people.
Freedman's book covers plenty of ground—from immigrant experiences including the rise of Chinese-American food in San Francisco, New York City's Italian-American stalwarts, French haute cuisine in this country, and the all-American Howard Johnson's chain. Here are his picks for ten most game-changing dining experiences in the U.S.A.
Opened in 1837 in New York City, Delmonico's is touted as the "first fine dining restaurant" in the country. The steakhouse is still open today, serving prime cut beef and all-American classics—like baked Alaska and Eggs Benedict.