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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 White Horse Tavern

A historical New England dining haven since 1673, a visit to The White Horse Tavern is a Newport cultural experience. In the 17th century, this tavern was used as a gathering place frequented by Rhode Island's aristocratic elite. Times may have changed over the centuries, but the historic charm remains. Satisfy your palette with local flavor; enjoy farm-to-table American cuisine, from tavern burgers to seafood preparations, while seated under beamed ceilings in front of the crackling fireplace. The tavern is a local landmark and is open year-round.

26 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI, United States, 02840
Henry's On The Market Bar and Restaurant

Situated in the heart of Charleston City, Henry's On The Market is the oldest restaurant in South Carolina. Whether you wish to sip a cocktail, nosh on seafood delights or tap your feet to live music, Henry's is the place to be. Do not miss out on the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake which is the reigning favorite here. Order a classic cocktail or sip on a house- special if you wish to surprise your palate. A great place to hang out with friends.

54 North Market Street, Charleston, SC, United States, 29401
Legends Steakhouse

Situated within the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, Deadwood Legends Steakhouse is a legendary restaurant. Its immaculate service and delectable delights have largely contributed to its popularity. Akin to its name, the eatery has been visited by legends such as politicians, sports figures, entertainers and businessmen. Celebrities frequent the place even today and have upped the style quotient of the restaurant. The interiors are aesthetically done complemented with the timely service.

709 Main Street, Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, Deadwood, SD, United States, 57732
Varallo’s Chile Parlor

Varallo's Chile Parlor & Restaurant is a hundred-year-old restaurant serving succulent, unforgettable comfort food. Being led by the fourth generation, it’s a humble place with minimal decorations. Delicious homemade food is made with fresh and basic ingredients. Age-old interiors give it a quaint feel and make it a place worth another visit.

239 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN, United States, 37219
Scholz Garten

Opened in 1866, this bar has become a popular meeting place for several dignitaries as well as students and locals of Austin. This is one of Texas's oldest beer gardens; it now provides an extensive menu of traditional bratwurst and sauerkraut as well as barbecue favorites. Besides being a traditional hangout spot during the University of Texas Longhorn games, Scholz Garten is still one of the best places to sit back and enjoy a cold beer even.

1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
The Bluebird

The Bluebird is a historic American restaurant located on North Main Street. It is known for its scrumptious meals amidst its traditional décor. Dig into a prime rib or chicken alfredo and pair it with a classic milkshake or two. The service is good and the ambiance is comforting and casual.

19 North Main Street, Logan, UT, United States, 84321
Ye Olde Tavern

For some homestyle Yankee cooking in the Manchester region, stop by Ye Olde Tavern on Main Street. It is definitely "olde," built in 1790 as originally called the Stagecoach Inn. During your visit you will feel as though you have been transported to the colonial era. This place was frequented by statesmen who would dine and socialize here. Dig into some delicious New England favorites, such as Pot Roast, Cidered Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie and Roast Turkey, or if you are feeling adventuresome King Crab Legs, Ostrich or Filet Mignon might be more tempting. All meals are served with delicious, warm cranberry fritters with maple butter, green salad, whole wheat bread and vegetables. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their refined wine list or a creative and delicious cocktail.

5183 Main Street, Manchester, VT, United States, 05255
The Red Fox Inn and Tavern

This inn was established in 1728 followed by the establishment of the tavern. The historic tavern still exudes an elegant charm and is sure to provide you with a memorable experience. Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Piedmont region during your visit, and admire the rustic ceiling beams, pine flooring and the beautiful fireplace. The sophisticated ambiance is perfect for any meal, whether you want a hearty brunch, a light lunch, or a romantic dinner by the stone fireplace. The Southern-inspired cooking styles and the fresh ingredients add to the creativity of the dishes. Don't miss out on the signature dishes such as crab cakes, Virginia peanut soups or Southern fried chicken. The special wine list from the Virginia vineyards and the ever-changing beer collections give you ample options for pairings.

2 East Washington Street, Middleburg, VA, United States, 20117
Horseshoe Cafe

Established in 1886, Horseshoe Cafe is the oldest functioning restaurant in the entire region on the Western bank of the Mississippi River. Open throughout the day and night, this restaurant serves home-cooked food at all hours. Try out some roast beef sandwiches, hashbrowns, eggs, steak burgers and so on. You could also try out their daily special dish. The cafe has daily specials which are listed on their website so that you can drop in on a day when your favorite dish is being prepared. Check the website for further details.

113 East Holly Street, Bellingham, WA, United States, 98225
North End Tavern & Brewery

If a mouth-watering burger and a well-brewed beer are all that you crave; then North End Tavern & Brewery might just be your next preferred go-to place. This is the oldest brewery and restaurant in West Virginia. With a microbrewery attached to the pub, they serve authentic craft beers and limited but delectable food items. A visit to this place would be incomplete without trying out their patent Net burger. This little dive at Parkersburg is always replete with a happy bunch of people who love nothing more than chilling out with their glass of beer. Most people prefer to visit the North End Tavern for lunch or to simply while away a lazy afternoon indulging in excellent craft beer!

3500 Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg, WV, United States, 26104
Red Circle Inn & Bistro

If a place has lasted more than 100 years, then there's got to be more to it! Choose to simply dine here, or host an event, either way, you will not be disappointed. Most people will agree that this place has gotten better over time, and continues to perfect everything that they do. Living up to their reputation, even today The Red Circle delights customers with their steaks, seafood and excellent service. A great experience when you are in the city.

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah, WI, United States, 53058
Miners and Stockmen's

Miners and Stockmen's dates back to 1862 CE and claims to be Wyoming's oldest surviving bar. It was carved by hand and the chocolate brown tin ceiling holds testimony to the fact. Seated underneath vintage golden chandeliers, order a Filet Mignon or New York Strip Steak served with sautéed mushrooms, mashed potatoes or other side dishes. Enjoy the desserts along with German, Argentine and Californian wines. The only signs of modernity in this historic steakhouse are the television screens. So head here to experience old-time recipes and stories in plenty.

608 Main Street, Hartville, WY, United States, 82215
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