The Ultimate Five-Star Foodie Road Trip

From the mountains to the coast, 10 great New England dining destinations.

The Lost Kitchen, a remote restaurant in a renovated Maine mill, may have the hardest-to-score reservation in New England. / Photo by Greta Rybus

Edited by Scott Kearnan

Six states, 10 restaurants, and hundreds of miles of road. A culinary adventure exploring some of the biggest questions of our time, such as: Where can you get real-deal tacos in New Hampshire? Is New England’s best French bistro in Connecticut? And does food really taste better when you eat it in a fancy barn?

The dining room at Hen of the Wood. / Photo by Shem Roose

Hen of the Wood Remains a Sturdy, Stellar Icon in Vermont’s Dining Landscape

Here’s why the famed farm-to-table’s first, Waterbury restaurant still earns every accolade.

James Beard Award-nominated chef Erin French at work in the Lost Kitchen. / Photo by Greta Rybus

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Find Out What It’s Like to Visit the Lost Kitchen, Maine’s Most Mysterious Restaurant

The remote, mill-set legend is one of the toughest places to score a reservation in America.

A peek inside the kitchen at chef Guy Birster’s RSVP. / Photo by James R. Anderson

Run to RSVP, Connecticut’s Secluded French Restaurant Designed Like a Private Dinner Party

There’s no menu—and nearly no staff—at this A-plus surprise secreted away in the countryside.

The Berkshires’ whimsical Dream Away Lodge. / Photo by Sheppard Bear

The Dream Away Lodge Is the Funkiest, Most Fanciful Restaurant Hidden in the Berkshires

Follow wooded country roads and the sound of bluegrass music to this quirky, wistful winner.

Inside the colorful Vida Cantina. / Courtesy photo

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Is the East Coast’s Best Mexican Food at Vida Cantina, a Former Friendly’s in New Hampshire?

A nationally-lauded chef perfects tacos, enchiladas, and more amid Granite State strip malls.

A Neopolitan-style pizza at Ransom Tavern. / Courtesy photo

It Pays to Visit Ransom Tavern, Now Serving Some of Vermont’s Best Pizza Inside an Artsy Inn

A young gallerist has opened a Brooklyn-cool restaurant to help reinvent her rural hometown.

New England-meets-Nordic cuisine at the innovative the Buffalo Jump. / Courtesy photo

At the Buffalo Jump, a Once-Notorious Chef Remakes His Image—and Cape Cod Cuisine

Alongside his wife-partner, Brandon Baltzley launches a winning new act in a storied career.

The beautiful barn-set restaurant at the White Barn Inn. / Photo by Brea McDonal Photography

Maine’s White Barn Inn Restaurant Turned a One-Time Hay House into a High-End Legend

Here’s how seasonal harvests and a novel new chef keep the fancified grange feeling fresh.

A farm-set dinner at Gibbet Hill Grill. / Photo by Amy Severino

At Groton’s Bucolic Gibbet Hill Grill, a Citified Chef Is Growing an All-New Garden of Delights

Hell’s Kitchen alum Brendan Pelley brings a new spark to a classic Central Mass steakhouse.

Getting ready for dinner at Birch. / Photo by Jesse Burke

A Massively Talented Chef Makes Providence’s Pint-Sized Birch Restaurant a Chic Surprise

Ben Sukle, a James Beard Award nominee, serves frameable dishes to a fashionable counter.