This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows server Amanda Jackson, background, waitingon customers at the counter in the original cafe section of Cattleman's restaurant in Oklahoma City. The restaurant, which first opened in 1910 as the Cattlemen’s Cafe, is known for quality beef. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

As a New Yorker on a road trip through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, I was told by any number of locals that I had to eat at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City.

Travelers board a light rail Tuesday morning, July 10, at the  I-25 and Broadway Station. The City of Aurora could have the I-225 light rail line built out by November 2015 and open to the public in early 2016 if RTD board members award the construction project to Kiewit Infrastructure Co. on July 24. The light rail line will include eight stations and Transit Oriented Developments will be constructed around each station.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“It’s really economical for us because we’re not spending the time and money to build a large brewery and it helps (other breweries) out because they’re not wasting their precious stainless steel,” Tom said.

Owners Katerina and Nisso Larden's moved to Aurora from Israel three years ago to raise their children, and they started the eatery as a way to connect with their neighbors amidst the big box chains that inhabit the Pioneer Hills shopping center at Parker Road and South Chambers Road. The Lardens make everything in the store fresh to order which customers who can't eat gluten or wheat often appreciate, as Katerina can adjust most dishes to particular diets.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“In Tel Aviv, on every corner there’s a good coffee shop,” Katerina says of the Israeli metropolis they used to live in. “It’s always a neighborhood meeting point. It’s fresh and there’s always some kind of food.”

This June 2, 2014 photo shows quinoa lunch box rollups in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Brown bagging it is plenty economical, but a steady diet of sandwiches becomes boring pretty quickly, to say nothing of the fact that all those servings of refined carbs simply don’t provide the energy necessary to power you through a long afternoon.

In this May 30, 2014 picture, Wallie Leung, left, and his wife Jenny eat an order of crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A family-run institution on the Mill Creek since 1974, this casual crab shack is a favorite for those lucky enough to live in Maryland’s picturesque state capital, as well as visitors from nearby Baltimore and Washington.


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