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America's Oldest Restaurants

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America's long and glorious history is shaped not only by political events but also by culinary landmarks and centuries-old establishments where many of the country's great thinkers met. Almost every state has a time-honored treasure that still welcomes visitors, whether it's America's oldest tavern, the '76 House in New York, or the White House Tavern in Rhode Island, which dates back to the 17th century. Here's a handy list of America's oldest restaurants to help you connect with the country's rich culinary heritage.


The Village Tavern

The Village Tavern is one of the oldest and most popular taverns in the state of Illinois and has been around since the mid-1800s. With authentic re-upholstered furniture and décor, the cultural value of the tavern by itself is enough of a draw for any tourist passing through this town. Add that to excellent offers on meals through the week, good- quality wine and beer, and regular live music shows, and the stop becomes irresistible. For those wishing to conduct some business or throw a party, you can book their party room which has a private bar, pool table, and flat-screen televisions.

Long Grove, IL, United States
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The Log Inn

Established in 1825 as a stage coach stop, the Log Inn is a historic restaurant that is steeped in intriguing history. One of the oldest of its kind in the country, it once played host to Abraham Lincoln when he stopped here in 1844 while he was on his way back home from a campaign tour in Evansville. Today, patrons can dine in the same room that Lincoln visited back in the 19th Century while learning more about the history and heritage of the place. An iconic family-style diner, the Log Inn features an elaborate menu that includes classic American grub like salads, sandwiches, vegetables and meats. The dessert menu includes delicious treats like cheesecakes, pies, carrot cake and ice cream.

Haubstadt, IN, United States
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Breitbach's Country Dining

The tavern that rose from two fires to be the oldest restaurant in all of the town - is worth going for its History alone. The food, too, is a delicious range of traditional, home-cooked fare, made from scratch. The All-you-can-eat-buffet menu offers a different variety of dishes each day, and the numerous pies for dessert are a truly mouthwatering end to the meal. There is an event hall that seats up to 130 people. You can also pick up a couple of souvenirs to remember the trip from the small shop before you leave.

Balltown, IA, United States
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Hays House

Hays House, which once served as a local theater, restaurant, and court, is one of the oldest dining establishments in the town of Council Grove. With a range of traditional American items and succulent grilled options on its menu, the food served here is enough to keep bringing you back to this lovely place. Moreover, the rustic ambience of this restaurant still retains its old-world charm from the 1800s when you step in through its doors. Regaling guests with savory meals in the quaint and culturally enriched town of Council Grove, this establishment is also a prominent registered historic landmark.

Council Grove, KS, United States
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Talbott Tavern Restaurant

Located in Bardstown, Talbott Tavern Restaurant is of historic importance as it is one of the oldest taverns operating since 1779. The interiors will take you back in the 1770s with the wooden rustic interiors and makes you feel at home with the warm cozy atmosphere. While you are in the town make a stop at the Talbott Tavern Restaurant and try the bourbons from the oldest collections of the bourbons. The food served is delicious, do not forget to try their pot roast, the bbq sandwich, and grilled chicken salad. So if you are a bourbon lover or just love having delicious delicacies make a stop here at Talbott Tavern Restaurant and you won't regret it.

Bardstown, KY, United States
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Antoine's

The original Antoine's restaurant, established in 1840, resided only a block from its present location. This family-owned establishment, now in its fifth generation of management, bears the namesake of its creator, Antoine Alciatore. The French Quarter restaurant has multiple dining rooms, each with its own old-world, New Orleans-inspired décor. The service is known to be prompt and courteous, and the food is exceptional. The seafood entrees are among the best items on the menu, especially the iconic Oysters Rockefeller with its rich sauce, which was the brainchild of Antoine himself. Apart from signature delicacies like Antoine's Salad, Soufflé Potatoes and Bread Pudding, it also features an impressive list of wines to be paired with the plates.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Palace Diner

Palace Diner is a local breakfast and brunch restaurant located in Biddeford, Maine. It is one of the oldest diners in Maine and continues to win many hearts with its warm staff and food. The seating area is just as small as a diner would possess, a long counter with 15 seats lined along with it. Corned beef hash is the house favorite among locals. The menu includes cheeseburgers, sandwiches, tuna salads and beverages like tea, coffee and cold drinks. Delectable fluffy pancakes with a dash of lemon zest await you at this little restaurant.

Biddeford, ME, United States
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Old South Mountain Inn

Dive back in time to the Civil War period during your visit to this historic restaurant, established in the 1700s. Old South Mountain Inn was also frequented by famous Washington leaders like Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. Representing the Victorian style of architecture, this restaurant is the perfect place for almost every occasion. It has a calm and comfortable vibe making it great for a family brunch or even a romantic dinner. Relish chicken, steak or seafood delights and pair it with a glass of exquisite wine. Reservations are recommended.

Boonsboro, MD, United States
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The Warren Tavern

Dating back to 1780, the Warren Tavern located near the Freedom Trail, has plenty history of its own. It was opened by Captain Eliphelet Newell, who it is said, took part in the Boston Tea Party. Famous visitors included Paul Revere and George Washington. Today, it has lace-curtain windows and low, wood-beamed ceilings that create an intimate vibe. Try the Tavern Special — chicken breast and shrimp sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, prosciutto ham and provolone cheese in a garlic white wine sauce. A great place to sip a drink or grab a bite or two.

Boston, MA, United States
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The White Horse Inn

Spanning across two floors, this restaurant has a long-standing history dating back to the 1800s. The oldest restaurant in Michigan, it is known for its American comfort food that features interesting names like Impossible Burger and Cowboy Mac and Cheese. The White Horse Inn has something for everyone. Choose from staple or creative options or vegetarian and gluten-free delights. This restaurant has it all covered. The interiors feature a warm and cozy vibe, making it perfect for a romantic outing or a chilly winter day.

Metamora, MI, United States
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Weidmann's

First established in the year 1870, Weidmann's is a favorite among the locals and tourists alike. Steeped in tradition, the restaurant strives to continue the legacy of its forefathers. The décor showcases local artwork and photographs of guests from the past. The menu includes the best of southern cuisine and has something for everyone. They also have a special menu designed for kids. Weidmann's also provides catering services. ambiance is rustic yet elegant and features exposed brick walls and gracefully set tables.

Meridian, MS, United States
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J Huston Tavern

J. Huston Tavern is located in Arrow Rock in the state of Missouri. Joseph Huston, Senior laid the foundation of this tavern in the year 1834. Having the reputation of being the oldest restaurant in the west region of the Mississippi river, it has won accolades for serving the "Best Fried Chicken in the State." It is a brick building with two stories, a large ballroom and large community tables. One can relish their American delicacies in any one of the three dining rooms or enjoy a drink in the Tap Room which is used for cocktail parties. A great option for those who wish to enjoy traditional American fare.

Arrow Rock, MO, United States
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