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Hungry? Get a Taste of America’s Oldest Restaurants From All States

Since as far back as the 1700s, Americans have strived to be a free nation, where men and women from all walks of life can enjoy a fun night out. The American culinary road is made of the great trials and tribulations in US history. In general, the restaurant industry is a tough business to get into, so keeping a restaurant alive for multiple generations is even more challenging.

Bars and restaurants were once a revolutionary concept, but today, there is just so much competition, and sadly, many restaurant owners fail. Some of the most historic restaurants in America have survived longer than modern ones. Whether its classic original recipes or the comfortable rustic style, some historic restaurants managed to beat the test of time. Get ready for your mouth to water! With delicious food and a historic story, here are some of the oldest restaurants in each state.

Alabama: The Bright Star

The Bright Star Restaurants have been serving generations of customers since 1907. When the restaurant first opened its doors, it was a small café that featured a horseshoe-shaped bar. The establishment experienced a lot of success, and in 10 years, it expanded from a 25-seat café to a 330-seat restaurant while keeping the quality. The restaurant is continuously listed in the top three restaurants in Birmingham.

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They have incredible appetizers, amazing salads, and delicious entrées, including a grilled hamburger steak and Italian spaghetti with meat sauce! As delightful as that sounds, there’s more. Their specialty is a Greek-style snapper and steak, and their signature food is gumbo. Besides their historical atmosphere, The Bright Star’s first priority has always been customer service.

Alaska: The Historic Skagway Inn

The Skagway Inn initially catered to prospectors during the Gold Rush when it was built in 1897. It was first used as a brothel, a family home, a boarding house, and eventually, a Frontier Country Inn. The Skagway Inn keeps the legacy alive using historical décor to make the guests feel the mystery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

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The Inn was built in a prime location downtown next to the Klondike Gold Rush National Park Historic District. Other than the comfortable rooms, The Historic Skagway Inn has one other thing that lures people back: the amazing food! Olivia’s Bistro serves fresh seafood. The use of in-season vegetables and the freshest ingredients is notable. You can order King Crab legs ‘From the Sea,’ chicken pot pie ‘From the Land,’ or a delicious homemade dessert!

Arizona: The Palace Restaurant and Saloon

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon was built in 1877, making it the oldest bar in Arizona. Sadly, the saloon was destroyed after a devastating fire in 1900. Luckily, it was rebuilt in 1901 and is now famous for being one of the most historic establishments in the state. You can find the bar on Whiskey Row in Prescott, right across the street from the country courthouse.

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USA Today named the bar as one of “America’s 10 best historic Saloons.” The bar is also well-known in the entertainment industry. It has been featured in a number of movies, including Junior Bonner, Billy Jack, and Wanda Nevada. Speculations have been going around about the saloon being haunted; this was brought to light when it appeared in Ghost Adventures.

Arkansas: Oark General Store

As a response to the demand for groceries in 1890, the Oark General Store was established. It is the oldest continually operating store in Arkansas and hasn’t stopped serving the community since it opened its doors. The community is surrounded by forest, rivers, and trails, making it great for hiking or camping trips.

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During the last 20 years, Oark General Store went beyond selling groceries and became a full-service restaurant. In more recent years, it has become a popular destination for travelers and visitors. This home-style comforting cooking is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The Arkansas Register of Historic Places put the Oark General Store on the list!

California: Tadich Grill

In 1849, Nikola Budrovich, Frano Kosta, and Antonio Gasparich, three immigrants from Croatia, set up a tent on Long Wharf and posted a sign on it that read Coffee Stand. Long Wharf was a pier that reached half a mile into the Bay. Hundreds of sailing ships were tied up there, and the pier was lined with hastily built shops, saloons, markets, and gambling dens.

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Coffee Stand served fresh fish grilled over charcoal to the merchants and sailors who frequented the pier. The Tadich Grill is the third oldest restaurant in America and the oldest in the state of California. Today, the place is so often visited that you may be waiting a couple hours in line outside to get a table to eat in.

Colorado: Buckhorn Exchange

On November 17th, 1893, Buckhorn Exchange was established by Henry H. Zietz.  It was originally opened as a Saloon named The Rio Grande Exchange. Zietz was known as being a lifelong friend to the Indians and make sure to cater to everyone. With railroaders, gamblers, miners, and even businessmen, everyone was welcomed at the Saloon.

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The restaurant was reportedly the first to receive a liquor license in the state of Colorado. In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt ate at the restaurant when the Presidential Express train stopped at the Rio Grande rail yard. Roosevelt and Zietz went hunting together on Colorado’s western slope. How fun! Even though Buckhorn Exchange is a steakhouse, they are known for their magnificent Rocky Mountain Oysters.

Connecticut: The Griswold Inn

One of the oldest continuously operated inns in America, the Griswold Inn opened its doors on the very historical date of 1776: the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. Maybe our forefathers celebrated there, after signing it. Of course, they would have had to travel from Philly all the way to Connecticut, but hey, who cares! No more taxes!

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Just kidding, they replaced British taxes with American taxes. Today, you can enjoy delicious food and wine at this classy restaurant. They even have a separate menu for Thanksgiving, a December holiday menu, and a Sunday hunt breakfast. To celebrate the past, they even have a historical menu. In addition to wine events and art tours, the Griswold Inn even has a taproom with a separate menu!

Delaware: Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant

The three-hundred-year-old building that now houses Jessop’s Tavern was originally built in 1674. A cooper named Abraham Jessop lived there and had his barrel-making business in 1724. Throughout the years, 114 Delaware Street has seen many changes. One of the changes was the establishment of Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant in the year 1940.

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Today, the restaurant and bar still have a cool rustic atmosphere with a historical style. The bar carries over 200 Belgian bottles of beer and 30 craft beers! Needless to say, you have plenty of options. Although they are known for their beers, Jessop’s Tavern also serves food. You can order some bar food like sweet potato fries or meals, such as shepherd’s pie and fish & chips.

Florida: Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 by a Cuban immigrant named Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. in Tampa Bay, Florida. In addition to being around for over 110 years, the establishment has been running strong by the same family for five generations (and counting). Following the death of his father in 1919, Casimiro Jr. took over ownership and running the restaurant.

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He had the vision to take the restaurant to a new level and envisioned a fancy dining room with music and dancing. At the time, this concept was unheard of in the country. Today, the company has three different locations in the state of Florida and still serve enjoyable food and unique beverages. If you want the best sangria in town, stop by the Columbia Restaurant.

Georgia: The Plaza Restaurant & Oyster Bar

When the Plaza Restaurant & Oyster Bar opened in 1916, it was located at 115 North Broad Street and had white marble tables that can seat just 26 customers at a time. The establishment has gone through multiple owners over the years. The restaurant is now located on the corner of Broad and Smith. In addition to formal and casual dining, there is also a cocktail lounge and outdoor seating.

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Customers love the restaurant, and it always aims to make The Plaza even better! The restaurant offers a daily buffet from 11 to 2:30 every day! Dinner menu specials include seafood, fresh oysters, aged beef, fresh farm vegetables, and so much more. Plus, their delicious desserts are home-made.

Hawaii: Manago Hotel

In 1917, The Manago Hotel was opened in Captain Cook Town, on the slopes of Mauna Loa. It elevates up to about 1,350 ft. on the beautiful island of Hawaii. The hotel overlooks the stunning Kealakekua Bay and also the ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge in Honaunau.

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Since a lot of people like to vacation in Hawaii, the Manago Hotel is in a prime location! With cool calming nights and sunny days, this is the perfect place to relax comfortably while staying at a historic location. Don’t forget to check out the hotel’s restaurant. They have full menus for breakfast lunch and dinner. However, they are closed on certain holidays.

Idaho: The Snake Pit

Since 1800, The Snake Pit has been a significant part of the history of Silver Valley. The establishment never stopped serving it’s customers, even in the worst weather conditions! The fun part about this bar is that throughout the years, visitors were able to add their own pieces of history to the Snake Pit by adding antique and historical items to the display.

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On Fridays, you can enjoy the Friday Night Prime Time Special! It starts at 4:00 pm and again at 6:00. You can enjoy some live music with Prime Rib served with soup, salad, and potatoes of your choice. Lunch and dinner are served every day and breakfast on the weekend. They have Karaoke night on Wednesday, so make sure to check that out!

Illinois: Village Tavern

The Village Tavern has been in continuous operation since 1847. This family-owned restaurant, in classic roadhouse style, has been a favorite “watering hole” for generations. A spacious dining room and antique bar area preserve the establishment’s rustic authenticity. A particular favorite is the massive 35-foot mahogany bar, which survived Chicago’s “Great McCormick Place Fire” in the 1960s.

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In addition to its lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant also has incredible vegan and gluten-free options.  Some of the dinner items include broiled Cajun chicken breast salad, bacon, and cheeseburgers, and a tavern BBQ pulled pork sandwich! They also have some original house specialties, such as a village tavern stew and their famous tavern fish! I don’t know about you, but I’m suddenly hungry.

Indiana: The Log Inn

The Log Inn is known to be the oldest restaurant in Indiana. Built in 1825, the establishment has been serving customers for almost 200 years. The Log Inn was one of the oldest and original Stagecoach stops between Evansville and Vincennes. In 1844, President Abraham Lincoln was returning from Evansville, where he was visiting his mother’s grave.

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When he needed a place to stop, he stayed at the Inn. At the time, he was campaigning “Clay for President” on the Clay Whig party ticket. This family-friendly restaurant has everything from cheese balls, nachos, and cauliflower to salads, burgers, and grilled cheese. If you have health or dietary restrictions, this is the place for you. They have so many options! Everything looks amazing, so I just wouldn’t know what to order.

Iowa: Breitbach’s Country Dining

Opened in 1852 by a federal permit issued from President Millard Fillmore, Breitbach’s is Iowa’s oldest food and drinking establishment. Jacob Breitbach, the great-great-grandfather of the present owner, purchased the business in 1862, and through six generations, the Breitbach family has kept ownership. Unfortunately, the original location got burned down in 2007 by a gas explosion and fire. It was rebuilt and burnt down again three months later. It was rebuilt for the last time in 2009.

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You can find some of the most incredible views of the Mississippi River valley just a short walk away from the restaurant. In addition to their delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, Breitbach’s Country Dining also serves buffets. Their Sunday morning buffet includes eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, French toast, bacon, and so much more. Not too shabby.

Kansas: Hays House

Seth Hays, the great-grandson of Daniel Boone, came to Council Grove with a license from his cousin A.G. Boone to trade with the Kaw Indians. When he arrived in 1847, the town was already a wagon train rendezvous on the bustling Santa Fe Trail. Hays soon built a log cabin and began the business of serving food and trading goods.

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The Hays House building was built by him in 1857 and sat right on the Santa Fe Trail, now parallel with Main Street. The restaurant’s website gives you featured recipes of some of their delightful menu items. Right now, you can find the recipe for the Hearthside Pot Roast. Yum! Other menu items include prime rib, hamburger steaks, and bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Kentucky: The Old Talbott Tavern

There is a comforting and historical feeling when you walk into the Old Talbott Tavern. The place is well kept, but with a few creaking floorboards, the passage of time remains. There seems to be a certain feeling and energy at The Old Talbott Tavern – of all the people who have come and gone.

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Open since the 1700s, so many people have been at this pub and stayed in the rooms before their departure. Today, people arrive in cars, but they used to show up on horseback or in buggies! Crazy how times have changed. It’s wonderful for tourists and locals to get food and shelter while passing through. Some of the restaurant’s specialties include fried chicken and country ham. Their pies are also a huge hit!

Louisiana: Antoine’s

After a young man named Antoine Alcatore took a trip to New York, he noticed the food scene over there. When he returned to his hometown of New Orleans, he decided to open a restaurant of his own. The family-run restaurant was open since 1840. That means it has been serving customers for over 179 years!

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Although this is a historic restaurant, the dress code is pretty modern. The dress code is business casual; men are required to wear button-down shirts. Jackets are preferred for everyone: no flip flops, t-shirts, or athletic shorts. The dinner menu is extensive, so you will have many options. Some menu items include chicken tenders, mac & cheese, and steak kabobs. And those are just the appetizers!

Maine: Palace Diner

In 1927, the Pollard Company built the Palace Diner in Lowell, Massachusetts. It has one of the two Pollard cars that remain in America. In 2014, the diner was reopened by Greg Mitchell and Chad Conley, and there are now six properties. Since it is a diner, the Palace diner serves just breakfast and lunch.

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Some of their food items are eggs with potatoes, corn beef hash, and The Delux sandwich, which includes bacon, egg, jalapeno, mayo, cheddar, and palace potatoes. Now that sounds good! On the side, you can get caramelized grapefruit and butter banana. Lunch mostly consists of sandwiches with fried chicken, and they even have burgers. Of course, they serve different kinds of coffee and chocolate milk.

Maryland: Robert Morris Inn

Robert Morris was known as the “Financier of the Revolution.” The Robert Morris Inn was actually the home he grew up in. Today, it has become a beautiful historical restaurant and Inn, offering modern British dining. The Inn has been providing world-class hospitality to its visitors since 1710.

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I’m not just saying this! Check out some of these reviews. Customers have said the service is wonderful and that they recommend the eggs benedict with crab meat! Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 10 am. They serve fresh juices and seasonal fruit plates! You can also have a delicious New York Style Bagel with cream cheese! Of course, they serve lunch, brunch, and dinner as well. The Inn is located right across the street from the Ferry Terminal along Tred Avon River.

Massachusetts: Union Oyster House

The Union Oyster House is located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, Massachusetts. It’s been serving food in America since 1826 and continued its serving with the stalls and oyster bar to this day. Since this one wasn’t an inn or hotel, Union Oyster House is known as the oldest restaurant in America.

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The Union Oyster House is placed as a National Historic Landmark and was frequented daily by Secretary of State Daniel Webster, who served in the Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore administrations. It is open every day from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm. The bar, however, is open until midnight. Dinner options include fried “crispy” calamari, lobster ravioli, hot oysters, Boston Baked beans, and so much more. Sounds delicious!

Michigan: Sleder’s Family Tavern

Since 1882, people have been coming to dine at Sleder’s Family Tavern to enjoy good food, drink, and conversation in an intimate and nostalgic atmosphere. Michigan’s oldest, continuously-operated restaurant, the tavern is an important piece of the tapestry of Traverse City, It’s a treasured part of the city that locals proudly share with visitors.

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It began in the heart of what was known as Slabtown, a working-class neighborhood on the city’s west side. Vencil Sleder (1850-1904) was a Bohemian immigrant and wheelwright who wanted to build a place where everyone could relax after a hard day’s work. With the help of neighborhood men, he began construction using wooden slabs from nearby sawmills. The rest is history!

Minnesota: Pracna on Main

There was a printed note on plain white paper that says, “Pranca on Main is closed” taped to the front door of the business. It named itself “the oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis” and has been around since 1890. Sadly, nothing lasts forever… or does it?

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Pranca on Main closed its doors in 2015, but luckily, it was only temporarily. The historical restaurant reopened just a few months later with a new owner. The building was very old and has been renovated. In addition, the menu had a few tweaks. Between sandwiches, salads, burgers, and wings, there is something for everyone! They even offer some chips and guacamole as an appetizer. In addition to wine and beer, they also have their own specialty cocktails! I am dying to try their Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita!

Mississippi: Weidmann’s

Generations of families have been dining at Weidmann’s tables since 1870, enjoying the most amazing food and beverages available in the state. Recipes include the freshest ingredients and a splash of love. You can taste the love, which is why Weidmann’s is known for its specialized comfort food.

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One of the fun parts about this restaurant is the Treasure Chest menu. This is a fun way to get children to order from the kid’s menu. It will also motivate them to finish their food because, as the menu states, ‘clean your plate and the treasure chest will open!’ Some of the kid’s meal options are chicken tenders, grilled cheese, pasta marinara, cheese quesadillas, and cheeseburgers. I wonder what they keep in the treasure chest!

Missouri: J. Huston Tavern

The J. Huston Tavern takes you back to the Arrow Rock’s frontier heyday. The tavern was built in 1834 by Judge Joseph Huston, who is an early Arrow Rock settler and civic leader from the state of Virginia. The tavern was built initially as Huston’s family home, but as thousands of immigrants began passing by his home, Huston began offering lodging and meal service to travelers and local citizens.

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One of their delicious meals is their famous fried chicken, and as an appetizer, you have to try the J. Huston’s spinach & artichoke dip. The J. Huston Tavern has limited seating space, so it’s always better to make a reservation so that you won’t miss out on the taste of history.

Montana: Pekin Noodle House

The Pekin Noodle Parlor in Butte, Montana, has a particularly storied past as it was founded by immigrants from China in 1911. Apparently, this is the oldest continuously operating eatery of its kind in the United States. However, before it was a restaurant, it was a brothel and opium den. Now, the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in Brooklyn is featuring the eatery in its new exhibit.

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Considering the fact that there are tens of thousands of Chinese restaurants in the US, being the first means a lot in the history books. Their classic Chinese menu consists of appetizers, soup, chow mein, rice, noodles, and so much more! The restaurant’s specials include beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, and vegetarian. Yum! I mean, who doesn’t love Chinese food?!

Nebraska: Glur’s Tavern

Glur’s Tavern was built as a drinking establishment in 1876 in the city of Columbus, Nebraska. The oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Mississippi river, Glur’s is in the National Register of Historic Places. Local legend says that Buffalo Bill paid his bill at Glur’s Tavern in May 1883 with a $1,000 bill after a funeral in Columbus for Major Frank North.

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Glur is just a few blocks down from the downtown area of Columbus, which features strip malls, motels, gas stations, and more. Although it is known as a bar, they also have wonderful food. Locals and visitors claim that Glur’s Tavern has the best burgers on the planet. The best part of the establishment is that over the porch entrance, there is an old “SALOON” sign hanging.

Nevada: Casale’s Halfway Club

Casale’s Halfway Club is a family-owned restaurant that began serving customers in 1937. This makes it the oldest restaurant in Nevada. Their famous and clever motto is “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy,” which is printed on the arched doorway of the historic establishment. Inez Casale Stempeck (otherwise known as “Mama”) was just a little girl when her parents John and Elvia Casale decided to open a small produce stand.

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It was located at their family home. At first, they only sold take-out food, and it was mainly hand-made ravioli. After John’s death in 1946, Elvia named the restaurant Halfway Club. The menu quickly began expanding, and the family sold more Italian food such as spaghetti and pizza! “Mama” took over in 1969 and then her children and grandchildren.

New Hampshire: The Hancock Inn

Opened in 1789, the menu at the Hancock Inn celebrates some of the region’s favorite foods such as seafood chowder, lobster and corn hushpuppies, and lobster rolls. If you’re staying the weekend, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery the “Heart of New England” has to offer, such as Mt. Monadnock, recognized as the second most climbed mountain in the world.

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Also known as The Fox Tavern, you can enjoy seasonal dinner on Wednesday through Saturday. On Sundays, they serve lunch. If you are planning on going there during the holidays, make sure to make a reservation. You can also have some fun hiking the lakes, rivers, and tens of thousands of acres of wilderness great for people who like boating and fishing.

New Jersey: Cranbury Inn

Robert Morris was known as the “Financier of the Revolution.” The Robert Morris Inn was actually the home he grew up in. Today, it has become a beautiful historical restaurant and Inn, offering modern British dining. The Inn has been giving world-class hospitality to its visitors since 1710.

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I’m not just saying this! Check out some of these reviews. Customers have said the service is wonderful and that they recommend the eggs benedict with crab meat. Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 10 am. They serve fresh juices and seasonal fruit plates. You can also have a delicious New York Style Bagel with cream cheese. The Inn is located right across the street from the Ferry Terminal along Tred Avon River.

New Mexico: El Farol

New Mexico’s El Farol has provided locals and visitors with over a century’s worth of authentic Spanish cuisine, and memorable experiences since 1835. Today the restaurant features traditional Spanish tapas, as well as paella, steaks, and daily specials. Their bar was once referred to as one of the best bars on earth by The New York Times.

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The El Farol is known as “Santa Fe’s most historic and iconic bar and restaurant since 1835.” Their menu looks incredible, but honestly, I want all their desserts. Every single one. They have key lime pie, churros con chocolate, Crema Catalana, chocolate decadence, and so much more that sounds just as fantastic. Their dinner drinks look just as amazing. I want it all!

New York: The ’76 House

Growing up, I had no iPads or smartphones at home to pass the time. We only had one TV in the house, which my sister would control to watch ghost-themed Victorian horror flicks. The result was a very traumatic childhood for five-year-old me. So, the steak at the ’76 House better be good or as to distract me from the fact that it made the list of America’s most haunted locations in Ghosthunts.com.

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Just read the sign at the entrance: “76 house, where Major John Andre, British spy, plotter with Benedict Arnold, to deliver West point, was confined before his execution.” You can eat anything from an Alligator Empanada to an American red deer cut, all in a 1754 atmosphere.

North Carolina: Carolina Coffee Shop

In 1922, the Carolina Coffee Shop was opened in North Carolina. The historical atmosphere is calming and inviting. Despite their historical significance, the coffee shop embraces modern drinks and food. It’s ideal for family, friends, and even first dates! With a prime location in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, Carolina Coffee Shop is known for being the oldest continually operating restaurant in all of North Carolina.

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In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant also offers an entire brunch menu! Brunch offers smashed avocado, biscuits and gravy, waffles, omelets, and so much more! They have a small bites menu that features small meals and snacks if you’re not too hungry. The best part, however, has got to be the drinks and cocktails menu.

North Dakota: Peacock Alley

The Peacock Alley American Grill and Bar was established in 1911. In 1933, they finally added the bar, following the end of the prohibition. Peacock Alley is a unique location rooted in history and tradition. The Peacock Alley of today is an award-winning national restaurant that prides itself on serving the unique cuts of beef and using the freshest ingredients available.

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In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to visitors and local diners, Peacock Alley has amazing wines, martinis, and other classic cocktails to go with their meals. In addition to happy hour on food and drinks, they also have other fun specials. ‘Tini Tuesday’ offers two for one martini, ‘Winedown Wednesday’ is half-off wines, and the Saturday Special is the Bloody Mary Breakfast!

Ohio: The Golden Lamb

After traveling from New Jersey to Ohio in 1803, a man by the name of Jonas Seaman had spent just four dollars (67 dollars in today’s economy) to license a “house of public entertainment” in the newly-founded village of Lebanon, Ohio. Not a bad investment, considering it survived for more than 200 years.

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At the time it was opened, most Americans still did not know how to read; therefore, the name Golden Lamb was actually a way for him to put a Lamb at the entrance of the restaurant to encourage the message that food was being served. You can dine there every day from 11:00 am, and on Sunday you can get brunch starting at 10! If you want their delicious food at an event, The Golden Lamb offers catering. They will deliver as long as it’s 10 to 15 miles away.

Oklahoma: Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

Cattlemen’s Cafe opened its doors to hungry cowboys, ranchers, cattle haulers and the like in 1910. The Stockyards City area was the center of activity back then, as herds of cattle were driven to Oklahoma City in an unending stream to satisfy the East’s growing demand for beef.

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By 1926, Stockyards City was the home of two primary meat processors, and the area became known as “Packing Town.” In addition to a full breakfast and lunch menu, their dinner options consist of T-bone steak, Lamb fries, broiled salmon, and so much more! With such an extensive menu, you probably won’t have room for dessert. However, if you’re like me and always have room for dessert, you need to try Pie à la Mode.

Oregon: Huber’s Café

Huber’s Café was established in downtown Portland, Oregon, in 1879. Initially, it was called “The Bureau Saloon” until a man named Frank Huber bought it. In 1891, you would get a free turkey sandwich and coleslaw if you buy any drink. At the time, Hubert hired a Chinese immigrant, Jim Louie, to cook all the food. It quickly started a turkey tradition at the bar.

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Although they have a very strong Turkey Sandwich culture going on at the saloon, Huber’s serves other foods as well. They have full menus filled with appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and even steaks. There is fresh seafood, a pasta menu, and if you have room for dessert, you need to try the homemade cheesecake!

Pennsylvania: McGillin’s Olde Ale House

The Olde Ale House was opened shortly after the cracking of the Liberty Bell, long before the ground was broken for City Hall Philadelphia. The beer taps at McGillin’s have been flowing since 1860, making it the oldest continuously running tavern in the city of Philadelphia.

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McGillin’s has outlasted Strawbridge’s, the Civil War, and even the Prohibition. They have fun food items, such as pizza, steak and cake, mussels Fra Diabo, and so much more. The restaurant’s house meal was called in 1860. Named after the year it was established, the house specialty is Chargrilled served with au jus, vegetables, potato, salad, and homemade garlic bread! I can use a nice fresh piece of garlic bread right about now.

Rhode Island: White Horse Tavern

The White Horse Tavern is a historic restaurant that has been feeding people since 1673. Though the restaurant is old, they deny being outdated. In fact, the dining rooms are sophisticated, and they have wine from all over the world. The restaurants put love and passion in all their food, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. The establishment has been feeding America for over 350 years!

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Some of the menu items that haven’t changed much throughout the generations include the freshest fish, lobsters straight out of the Narragansett Bay, and freshly-picked vegetables. In addition, they have prime cut beef, delicious cheeses, and many other items. The restaurant aims to accommodate and embrace the vibrate food scene in Rhode Island.

South Carolina: Henry’s House

Henry’s House was established in 1932, in the historic town of Charleston at 54 North Market Street. It is the oldest operating restaurant in the state of South Carolina and is located right across the street from Charleston City Market. In addition to the historic environment, Henry’s also features live music, a stunning rooftop deck, a dance bar, and a speakeasy bar.

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Their new menu items consist of chicken, corn on the cob, fresh vegetables, and so much more. However, they also have drinks that look incredible! Some of their signature cocktails include Margarita on the Market, Moscow Mule, and the Silver Rickey! As for local cocktails, they have a Colonial Daiquiri, a sweet tea Cosmo and more!

South Dakota: Legends Steakhouse

The site of the Silverado Gaming Establishing has been a staple of Deadwood, South Dakota since the legendary gold camp sprang up in late 1875. The junction of City Creek and Whitewood Creek, just a few feet from the Silverado, was the site of the first gold strike in Deadwood Gulch. It was made by Frank S. Bryant when he was out hunting.

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After the city of Deadwood was laid out and began to develop, the current Silverado building was constructed by local philanthropist and businessman W.E. Adams for the Hills Chevrolet Company. Legends steakhouse offers many appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts. They even have a breakfast menu with options such as steak and potato benedict and rumchata French toast.

Tennessee: Varallo’s

Varallo’s was originally founded as a chili parlor. It was opened in 1907 by Frank Varallo, and in 1929, it was taken over by his son Frank Varallo Jr. There was another location from 1994 to 1998, opened by his grandsons Todd and Tony Varallo next to the Nashville arcade. Frank Varallo Jr. ultimately decided to close the Church Street location at age 85, when he finally retired.

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The restaurant claims that they still use the same original chili recipe that was used in 1907. You probably don’t know, but Varallo’s is known for their famous delicious chili. They also have breakfast options, like pancakes and French toast. In addition to the chili, their lunch menu includes meatloaf, fried chicken, catfish, turkey with dressing, and more!

Texas: Scholz Garten

In 1866, a German immigrant and Civil War veteran named August Scholz opened his public bar and café over an old boardinghouse. He had purchased the building and surrounding property for $2,400 ($41,580 today.) Scholz Garten soon became a favorite meeting place for the German population in and around Austin and still serves up a good meal and service today!

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Scholz Garden is the oldest operating establishment in Texas. For over 150 years, this has been a spot for everyone – liberals, conservatives, UT fans, music lovers, and families – to raise their glasses and enjoy traditional German food. One of the appetizers on the menu is a giant pretzel served with beer, cheese, garlic, butter, and Dusseldorf mustard. That’s sounds amazing!

Utah: The Bluebird Restaurant

The Bluebird Restaurant opened its doors in 1923. It just happened to be the day of George Washington’s birthday. The newly built restaurant is now located at 19 North Main Street in Logan, Utah. The new structure is filled with gorgeous hand-painted walls and ceilings. There is a ballroom on the top floor used for special banquets and dances. The room is now named the Florentine room.

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The restaurant offers both lunch and dinner. They have been serving generations of diners in a traditional and historic atmosphere. They have enough options to accommodate everyone. Their kiddie menu includes spaghetti, a burger with fries, chicken strips with BBQ sauce, and grilled cheese! Don’t forget to try their delicious ice-cream after dinner!

Vermont: Ye Olde Tavern

The moment you arrive at the Ye Old Tavern, built in 1790, you will feel as if you have entered a time machine taking you back to 18th century New England. The simple yet elegant atmosphere at the Ye Old is befitting considering the statesmen and gentry who often dined and socialized there, both before and after Vermont became a state.

Manchester Center Vermont: Ye Olde Tavern

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The marble porch has been around since 1850 back when it was called the Lockwood’s Hotel. Dinner is served daily from 5:00 pm. The menu fits the rustic theme, serving cheddar & ale onion soup, lobster bisque, pumpkin bisque, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and so much more! You can even order chicken pot pie or crispy duck. In addition to a lengthy menu with so many choices, you can also order their classic shrimp cocktail served with Spicy cocktail sauce, Eleven.

Virginia: The Red Fox Inn & Tavern

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern adds a modern-day twist to the historical establishment. It was built in a perfect location in the center of the village. The romantic retreat gives guests the opportunity to appreciate Virginia’s Hunt and Wine Country. If you are just passing by you don’t have to stay there. Stop by for some delicious food!

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This culinary destination will leave you with an unforgettable experience. The seasonal ingredients and local harvest combined with the historical setting gives The Red Fox Inn a warm and homey feeling. In addition, they offer an autumn tasting experience. In October and November, they offer a seafood tasting menu on Friday through Sunday. Yum! That sounds so good right now!

Washington: The Horseshoe Café

The Horseshoe Café & cocktail lounge is the oldest continuously operating café & cocktail lounge in Washington. The restaurant prides itself on never changing its concept, serving the residents of Whatcom County with quality, American style, and freshly prepared meals. If you want some breakfast, a quick lunch, or even a nightcap, The Horseshoe Café is the place to go!

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The café has a number of different burgers, sandwiches, nachos, chicken wings, soft pretzels, mozzarella sticks, and more! The breakfast is served all day. That’s right; you can order cinnamon chip French toast or even a breakfast burrito for dinner! If you are watching your weight, they offer wonderful salads… but if not… get the donut holes! Nothing sounds better than some deep-fried donut holes covered in cinnamon sugar.

West Virginia: North End Tavern and Brewery

The North End Tavern and Brewery, otherwise known as NET, opened its doors in 1899. It is the oldest restaurant in West Virginia and the 122nd oldest bar in the country! They have locally brewed craft beer from their on-site craft brewery. North End Tavern brews about 3 to 6 handcrafted beer every month. Their leading amber ale is called Roedy’s Red, and it won a number of different state competitions.

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Although the company brews beer for the restaurant, it is available to buy in many other establishments in the West Virginia area. Their food menu consists of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. They have a new Sunday brunch menu featuring the Goetta Platter and crispy goetta served with eggs and bread! If you want a bar with a bit of history, you need to check this place out.

Wisconsin: Red Circle Inn

The Red Circle Inn has been around for as long as the state of Wisconsin. In 1848, it was founded by Francis Schraudenbach, a Bavarian immigrant. The location was picked specifically because it was where two stagecoach roads were intersecting. Two important business decisions were made at the restaurant. First of all, the first Milwaukee Road streamline design was drawn there.

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The second is even more fascinating. One of the baseball owners sat at a table at The Red Circle when he made the decision to move the Braves baseball team from Boston to Milwaukee. Today the historical restaurant serves steaks. They are also known for their incredible beef Wellington Perigourdine. It’s incredible and baked in puff pastry.

Wyoming: Miners and Stockman’s Steakhouse & Spirits

Wyoming’s oldest bar “Miners and Stockman’s Steakhouse & Spirits” has been serving good drinks and great steaks in the state of Wyoming since 1862. They are only open on Thursdays through Sundays from 5 pm to 10 pm.  Their minimalist menu showcases only two things, their excellent drinks, and the even more celebrated “Prime: USDA Black Angus Steaks.”

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You can also get some side dishes, and the deserts are a must! Since it’s primarily a bar, Miners and Stockman’s Steakhouse & Spirits have an extensive wine menu with wines from different parts of the world. If you are looking for a great place to get some history, maybe a little tipsy, and have a great cut of meat, then this is the place for you!