When the dull roar of urban life becomes overwhelming, jump in the car and make the short drive to these stellar restaurants outside of the city.
Artesia: Abita Springs, La.
Those in the know will drive miles for John Besh's succulent, earthy cuisine.
Birchrunville Store Cafe: Birchrunville, Pa.
A country trek to antique-rich Chester County leads to this cozy hideaway.
Nick's Italian Cafe: McMinnville, Ore.
Make the 40-mile drive to Oregon Wine Country for family-style Italian fare.
The Herbfarm Restaurant: Woodinville, Wash.
A splendid drive and a sumptuous nine-course meal make this a memorable experience.
French Laundry: Yountville, Calif.
One of America's most-lauded restaurants, serving up inventive French-California cuisine.
Manka's Inverness Lodge and Restaurant: Inverness, Calif.
Savor excellent seafood at this former hunting lodge-turned-upscale hostelry.
Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House: Lynchburg, Tenn.
Take a drive to Lynchburg for a Jack Daniels tour and some classic Old South vittles.
Napa Rose at Grand Californian: Anaheim, Calif.
There's nothing mousey about the fare at this Napa-inspired Disney restaurant.
Saltwater Grill: Galveston, Texas
Houston scenesters and savvy locals know this eatery is tops for New American.