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25 American Hot Spots

Sushi Tora, Boulder, Colorado

Niko White

Boulder, Colorado: Sushi Tora

Seldom seen (on these shores, at least) varieties of nigiri sushi, augmented by perfectly composed Japanese appetizers. Lunch for two $100.

21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky

Mike Lutz

Louisville, Kentucky: 21c Museum Hotel

Great Value Envelope-pushing yet comfortable hotel with a rotating collection of contemporary art installations. Doubles from $205.

Bresca, Portland, Maine

Jessica Schwartzberg

Portland, Maine: Bresca

Authentic storefront trattoria in Portland’s brick-sidewalked downtown. Dinner for two $100.

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis, Minnesota: Hotel Ivy

Starwood amenities, but with a boutique sensibility. Doubles from $229.

moto-I, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Craig Bares

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Moto-i

The first sake brewpub outside Japan, complete with an impressive izakaya menu. Lunch for two $50.

Hugo's, Portland, Maine

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Portland, Maine: Hugo’s

Rob Evans delights in taking vaguely discomfiting ingredients (tripe, tongue, whelks, seaweed, fried pickles) and transforming them into unpretentious, gloriously delicious dishes. Dinner for two $100.

Blu, Glen Arbor, Michigan

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Glen Arbor, Michigan: Blu

French and American classics from locally sourced ingredients, plus a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Dinner for two $120.

Spoonriver in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota: Spoonriver

Imaginative, ingredient-driven food in a bustling space in the Warehouse District. Dinner for two $75.

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Roland Halbe/Courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Center

Cincinnati, Ohio: Contemporary Arts Center

Zaha Hadid’s floating galleries alone are worth a visit.

Capitol, Charlotte, North Carolina

Brie Williams

Charlotte, North Carolina: Capitol

Superbly curated emporium of women’s designer clothing and accessories.

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