America’s 7 Best Hotel Dining Destinations
Hotel restaurants have come a long way — and from humble beginnings. The venues that were once considered a wary traveler’s last resort have evolved into some of the most sought-after dining experiences in the country. Armed with innovative rotational menus, celebrity chefs in their kitchens, and décor to die for, these destinations have become nothing less than an epicure’s dream.
While there are dozens of top-tier choices in the world of hotel dining, there are 7 venues that stand out over the rest. Read on to find out which American hotel fare makes the list!
1. The NoMad Hotel (New York City)
New York’s NoMad Hotel offers a casual, yet elegant selection of foods and beverages inspired by Chef Daniel Humm’s culinary background, which has roots in Switzerland, California, and New York City itself. The restaurant at NoMad is built into an impressive series of rooms surrounding a large, glass-enclosed atrium. Taste one of the innovative cocktails and try one of the many fine dishes on their eclectic food menu — entrées include a suckling pig confit with apricots, arugula, and bacon marmalade and a whole-roasted chicken for two, which comes with foie gras, black truffle, brioche, corn, chanterelles, and freekeh. It may come at a price, but so do most things worth trying.
Visit the NoMad Hotel’s dining page for more information.
2. Wit & Wisdom at the Four Seasons (Baltimore, Maryland)
Located on Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor, Wit & Wisdom is this city’s last word in exquisite dining. Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit to Maryland without a taste of the state’s famous crab cakes. To this end, Wit & Wisdom offers a mouthwatering Maryland Blue Crab Tasting entrée, which consists of a lump crab cake, a crispy soft shell crab, and a spicy tomato-crab stew. Another signature dish here is the Lobster Pot Pie — a sumptuous blend of brandied lobster cream, truffle, and wild mushrooms. If seafood isn’t to your liking, opt for the slow-roasted duck breast with seared foie gras, orange, and poached rhubarb.
3. J. Parker at The Hotel Lincoln (Chicago, Illinois)
The first thing you’ll notice about a visit to the J. Parker is the extraordinary view of downtown Chicago that is offered from this restaurant’s rooftop perch. Savory offerings change quarterly, but every iteration is as spectacular as the next. If you’re visiting in the near future, be sure to chow down on the J. Parker Burger, a dry-aged beef patty with butterkäse cheese, belly fire mayonnaise, lettuce, charred onion, and pickles. If you’re interested in something of the seafood persuasion — perhaps inspired by the venue’s sweeping views of Lake Michigan — try J. Parker’s Peekytoe Crab Beignets served with pea shoots, radish, and bluegrass soy vinaigrette.
4. Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel (Carmel, California)
Chef Justin Cogley was named 2013′s “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine, and with good reason. Cogley’s culinary inventiveness brings such feats to the table as the five-courser, which consists of such dishes as the dry-aged ribeye grilled over binchōtan, cherry, and sour shallots and the dungeness crab, lemon verbena, and strawberry. Guests can also indulge in a $145 tasting menu featuring over 20 ingredients, including everything from hijiki to to praline cream. Visit the restaurant website for details.
5. Trace at The W Hotel (Seattle, Washington)
Trendy and modern, Trace at The W defines swank. While you’re here, indulge in all that Chef Steven Ariel’s inspired menu has to offer: a shichimi-spiced “painted hills” strip steak with white cheddar potato purée, baby carrots, and green peppercorn sauce; or for lighter fare, the house bouillabaisse, a medley of Manila clams, Penn Cove mussels, cod, and tomato saffron broth. The menu also has Asian offerings on hand, such as the signature Trace sushi roll containing Dungeness crab, spicy tuna, chives, lettuce, roasted garlic, and chili aioli, all topped with jalapeño salsa.
6. J&G Grill at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (Miami, Florida)
Sleek and sophisticated, the J&G Grill by famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a prime beachside location, and its menu is just as impressive as its view. Try the famous black truffle pizza with fontina cheese, or opt for the decadent Jackman Ranch Wagyu Tomahawk steak. If you’re looking for something simple and cooked to perfection, try any of your choice of meats fresh off the grill. Enjoy your meal at a leisurely pace and occupy the time by admiring the view from the beach-facing floor-to-ceiling windows.
7. The Barn at The Inn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
The Barn restaurant at The Inn at Blackberry Farm is set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and offers one of the most breathtaking dining atmospheres in the country. The restaurant’s impressive multi-course menu is chiefly cultivated in the farmlands just outside the restaurant. According to the Inn’s website, The Barn is “a visually grand setting in which to relish the earthy delicacies of our bakery, butchery, salumaria, creamery, and 8,000-square-foot wine cellar.” Be sure to taste the Eden Farms Pork Loin and Crispy Shoulder served with farro piccolo, Carolina rice, carrots, scallions, and black garlic.