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Pizzeria Stella in Philadelphia.

Photo: Courtesy of Starr Restaurants

Philadelphia: Pizzeria Stella

Dinner for two $31.

The Scene: A Naples-meets-NYC-style pizzeria from restaurateur Stephen Starr.

The Dish: Pizza topped with clams, broccoli rabe, pancetta, and mozzarella.

The Steal: Glasses of wine are $5.50, draft beers go for $4, and pies start at $9.

Atlanta: Miller Union

Dinner for two $59.

The Scene: Chef Steven Satterfield cooks up local cuisine in a mid-century warehouse building.

The Dish: A farm-fresh egg baked in celery cream; chicken-liver mousse on cranberry-walnut toast with pickled radish.

The Steal: Tuesday night’s Harvest Dinners: family-style three-course meals for $30.

Chicago: Xoco

Dinner for two $45.

The Scene: Chef Rick Bayless’s newest venture: a retro diner serving up Mexican food.

The Dish: Fried-to-order breakfast churros and a cup of Mexican hot chocolate made from house-ground cacao beans.

The Steal: After 3 p.m., caldos—hearty soups filled with slow-cooked pork carnitas and potato-masa dumplings—are $10.

San Francisco: Frances

Dinner for two $72.

The Scene: Nouveau California dishes served in a Zen-chic neighborhood bistro.

The Dish: Star chef Melissa Perello’s applewood-smoked bacon beignets topped with crème fraîche and chives.

The Steal: “Market shots,” mini cocktails at $3 for three ounces, made of fruits found at the farmers’ market that day. Or try the $1-an-ounce house red and white wines.

Vancouver: Maenam

Dinner for two $42.

The Scene: Chef Angus An’s Thai restaurant with stylish bamboo walls and granite counters.

The Dish: The koh soi gai soup has house-made curry and egg noodles.

The Steal: At lunch and late night, pair the special pad thai—the noodles are fresh—with a Singha beer for $15.

Hong Kong: Café Gray Deluxe

Dinner for two $90.

The Scene: Amazing harbor views at the ultra-glam dining room atop the Upper House hotel.

The Dish: Steak tartare and a side of chef Gray Kunz’s signature house-made ketchup; sea bass in ginger bouillon.

The Steal: The $37 lunch prix fixe, which changes seasonally.

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