Portland, ME

It might not have the cachet of a New York or Chicago, but Portland, Maine has quietly emerged as one of the country's most progressive dining cities. Farm-to-table is a given here; chefs in this oceanside town savor access to regionally caught fish as well as sustainably raised meat and local produce. Wrestling for attention is the area's vibrant drinking scene, which spotlights equally local beers and spirits. And it almost goes without saying, but bears repeating: Portland's lobster rolls simply cannot be beat.