Best Hidden Gem Restaurant in Every State

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Hawaii: Mama’s Fish House
> Location: Paia (Maui)

Upscale, pricey, and beautifully decorated with Polynesian antiques, Mama’s serves exceptional dishes, mainly seafood, with a Hawaiian touch: ginger, garlic, and tropical fruits and nuts. The open-air dining room offers an ocean view.

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Idaho: Blackboard Café
> Location: Wallace

Just off Interstate 90, but otherwise what most people would call remote, tiny Wallace, Idaho, is home to a handful of good eateries. The best one, according to its patrons, is the Blackboard Café. The menu is standard Italian fare without a lot of flash, but it is cooked from scratch and is consistently delicious.

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Illinois: The Longbranch
> Location: L’Erable

There isn’t much to the town of L’Erable, described as being in the middle of nowhere, but for the devoted fans of The Longbranch it is worth the drive. The food is solid American fare, cooked well at a reasonable price. The place fills up with mostly locals, but everyone gets a friendly welcome.

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Indiana: Nick’s Kitchen
> Location: Huntington

The original owner, Nick Freienstein, claimed to have invented the breaded pork tenderloin — BPT in Indiana — after he opened this restaurant in 1908. Nick’s serves delicious homestyle breakfast and lunch, and is still famous for its BPT sandwich, and for its hand-dipped shakes and sugar cream pie.

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Iowa: Archie’s Waeside
> Location: Le Mars

Despite its off the beaten path location, Archie’s has won awards and national recognition for its high quality aged steaks and other cuts of beef. The restaurant has been in the family for over 70 years, with each generation learning the methods of its founder, Archie Jackson. The restaurant is also known for its seafood dishes.