Cheap Eats Across America
When she's traveling, Gail stays under budget by eating at affordable gems across America. Find out where to get a meal for less than $25 in these foodie destinations.
When Gail craves a slice of classic, New York–style pizza, she says she heads to Joe's in the West Village. "If I'm going for a whole pie, I would probably say Franny's out in Brooklyn or Di Fara's ."
Las Vegas: For a taste of Thailand in Sin City, Gail suggests heading off the beaten track to Lotus of Siam . "It's a dive in a strip mall, 10 to 15 [minutes] outside the strip," Gail says. "It's a locals' hangout, and it's some of the best Thai food I've ever eaten in this country."
On The Strip, Gail says there are a lot of affordable burgers to sample, but her favorite is served at The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay , chef Huber Keller's restaurant.
Los Angeles: With so much great food to choose from in Los Angeles, Gail suggests two lunch options. "For a great salad, go to Tender Greens or Father's Office —it's so great," she says. "The [Father's Office] in Culver City is expanded and really beautiful.
Chicago: Gail says her new favorite under $25 Chicago place has to be Urban Belly . "It's noodles, and I love the owners," she says. "They are super cool people."
Miami: For authentic Spanish tapas, Gail suggests chef Michelle Bernstein's Sra Martinez. "You can do a few small bites. She had really good croquetas and delicious grilled octopus," Gail says. "She does good potatoes, very typical Spanish-influenced stuff à la plancha (on the grill)."
San Francisco: While in San Francisco, Gail heads to The Sentinel for cheap eats and hits Tartine Bakery for breakfast. Pizzeria Delfina is also a great option if you can't afford to eat at its high-end sister restaurant, Delfina, she says.
New Orleans: Gail says you can go to almost any bar in New Orleans, order a mint julep and a plate and wood-fired oysters and be set for the night. If you're searching for a brunch spot, try Elizabeth's Restaurant .
Dallas : You don't have to look far to find great beef in Texas. Gail suggests a meal at The Love Shack , chef Tim Love's casual eatery.
Toronto: When Gail returns to her hometown, she hits up a quirky favorite, Aunties & Uncles . "It's sort of a fun breakfast, lunch, brunch spot," she says. For something a little different, she suggests small plates at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar or dim sum in Toronto's bustling Chinatown.