Strange Restaurants In The US That You’ll Definitely Want To Try

If you’re looking for more of an adventure the next time you nosh, there are establishments out there catering to your fancy.

Sometimes the same old burgers-and-fries or Chinese food options for dining out can be just that – old. Besides decor and color schemes and the odd unique menu item, there isn’t too much that sets most restaurants apart from one another.

If you’re looking for more of an adventure the next time you nosh, there are establishments out there catering to your fancy. From the depths of caves to hovering high above the city and everywhere in between, these restaurants are serving up a dish of shock with a side of awe.

The Cave – Richland, MO

As the only American restaurant located in a natural cave, this place boasts waterfalls, fish ponds, and a view of the Glasconade River from its third-story limestone bluff. The Cave has been around since the 1920s, when it operated as a smaller dance hall, but eventually the walls were blasted and carved out to make room for up to 225 diners.

Lucky Cheng’s – New York City, NY

Rupaul fans will find a new favorite place to dine when they visit Lucky Cheng’s in midtown New York. Asian-American three-course meals are served by glamorous drag queens, who also provide cabaret-style entertainment for guests by the way of comedy and dance performances. The dinner-and-a-show experience is followed by open karaoke and dancing for patrons after the last drag queen act.

Not many people enjoy doing their laundry, but Harvey Washbangers makes the chore a little more palatable, offering a bar and grill experience next door to its laundromat. Patrons can throw their dirty clothes in the wash and head next door to munch on college-inspired foods like chicken wings, burgers, and chili while they wait for the rinse cycle. A light board in the restaurant informs diners when their loads are finished – but make sure to try out the coconut pecan pie before you head off to fold those shirts.

Dinner in the Sky – worldwide

For a truly unique experience, guests and up to 21 of their friends can strap themselves into a seat and hover 160 feet high above their hometown (or city of choice). It’s the priciest option for a dinner out on this list, with rental of the crane coming in around $14,000 USD and catering costs over and above, but the evening will make for a dinner party guests will talk about for decades to come.

Harvey Washbangers – College Station, TX

Not many people enjoy doing their laundry, but Harvey Washbangers makes the chore a little more palatable, offering a bar and grill experience next door to its laundromat. Patrons can throw their dirty clothes in the wash and head next door to munch on college-inspired foods like chicken wings, burgers, and chili while they wait for the rinse cycle. A light board in the restaurant informs diners when their loads are finished – but make sure to try out the coconut pecan pie before you head off to fold those shirts.

Rattlesnake Saloon – Tuscumbia, AL

If you suffer from ophidiophobia, you may want to steer clear of the Rattlesnake Saloon, which takes its name from a nearby rattlesnake den. But the brave of heart will enjoy dinner with an Old West theme, nestled under a cliff overhang in the Southern Appalachia. Menu items include Skunk Rings (onion rings), Prairie Fingers (chicken tenders), Loaded Hay Stacks (fries with cheese and bacon), or Giddy ‘up Sticks (mozza sticks). Come on the right night, and you may be treated to live outdoor music using the cliff wall’s natural acoustics.

Tonga Room – San Francisco, CA

For a throwback to the 1940s, visit this tiki-inspired lounge below the Fairmont Hotel with Pacific Rim cuisine and tropical cocktails served in tiki vessels. The Island Groove Band performs live music from a raft floating on a lagoon, and indoor thundershowers rock the joint every half hour, bringing the tropical island vibe to life.

Cabbage Key – Cabbage Key, FL

The only way to get to Cabbage Key to sample its renowned cheeseburgers and hiogfish with mango salsa is by boat. But that’s not even the most unique thing about this restaurant, situated on a 100-acre island – its walls and ceiling are lined with thousands of signed dollar bills. You can see the scrawled signatures of historical greats like JFK and Ernest Hemingway in this tradition that was started by a fisherman who wanted to guarantee he would always have enough money to buy his next drink.

Casa Bonita – Lakewood, CO

If the name of this Colorado establishment sounds familiar, you may be a fan of South Park, where it was featured in an episode entitled Casa Bonita and heralded as Cartman’s favorite restaurant. The creators of the animated series didn’t exaggerate its appeal – Casa Bonita has a 30-foot waterfall and pool, buskers, arcade games, a portrait studio, and cliff-divers. The Mexican fare has an all-you-can-eat option and the 1,000-seat eatery is well-known for its sopapillas with honey.

source: worldatlas.com

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