One city became more famous than the other, but the similarities remain striking, perhaps nowhere more than in Mobile's charming Garden District.
Anchorage's neon-lit Club Paris should always offer steaks and martinis in comfort. A prominent nightclub offers a wonderful lunch special.
The Daley, a sleek, focused jewel amid Honolulu's old Chinatown, worships a Hawaiian item. La Tour potato buns hold Kaua'i's Kunoa Cattle Company grass-fed beef burgers.
Harvey's Wineburger, established in the 1950s, is the standard—good Bordeaux cooking wine, fresh-ground beef, crisp veg, no sauces.
Five-generation-old Hudson's Hamburgers in Coeur d'Alene withstood shutdowns, quarantines, a break-in, and a fire.
The state's oldest bar is Hot Springs' Ohio Club, a bustling, celebrity-studded nightclub and gambling den that outlasted Prohibition and the Great Depression.
The burger is treated like the pillowy ricotta gnocchi or exquisite, house-cured anchovies that start many dinners.
The state's best burger, Bud's Tavern in Sedalia, opened in the 1940s in the middle of nowhere. This cash-only spot in southern Denver.
The Library of Congress also supports New Haven on the first hamburger. Louis' Lunch, invented by Louis Lassen in the late 1800s, sandwiches beef scraps .
The Charcoal Pit, a neon-lit coffee shop, serves frosted chocolate malts, ice cream sundaes, onion rings, and chargrilled burgers. Order the 10-ounce jukebox.
Miami's best burgers. Best Frita. A Cuban burger is seasoned with cumin, pepper, and paprika and served on a Cuban bun with onions and crispy potato matchsticks.
Despite recent changes, this city loves burgers—from high-end to hole-in-the-wall, carnivore to vegan.