Five very different reasons to love the U.S.A.

Chase’s Daily, Belfast, Maine: This bakery/luncheonette/farm stand is the unofficial canteen for the harbor city of Belfast. The Chase family crafts hearty vegetarian dishes—savory onion crêpes; velvety leek soup—from ingredients grown on their farm in nearby Freedom (yes, Freedom). $

Fargo’s Pit BBQ, Bryan, Texas (pictured): Superb pork spare ribs, tender brisket, and juicy smoked chickens (with skin as crackly as potato chips) draw the faithful to the newest location of Fargo’s, just up the road from its former takeout shack in the Brazos Valley town of Bryan. 979/778-3662. $

Sokolowski’s University Inn, Cleveland: Eastern European immigrants, multigenerational families, and Food Network star chef Michael Symon all swear by the old-school stuffed cabbage and kielbasa at this cafeteria-style favorite. $$

Ono Seafoods, Honolulu: Is this the best tuna poke on Oahu? Hometown hero Ed Kenney (chef-owner of Town restaurant) says so. Order a portion tossed to order—along with pickled mango, kimchi, boiled peanuts, and poi—and decide for yourself. 808/732-4806. $

Casamento’s, New Orleans: Oysters fresh from Gulf Coast waters—whether served raw on the half shell or fried on Louisiana’s answer to Texas toast—rule the roost at this narrow, tile-lined, classic New Orleans seafood joint. $

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By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff