"Gourmet Ghettos" of Other Cities Slideshow

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Philadelphia: Center City

Center City is the heart of Philadelphia. As part of a thriving downtown and a place in history, the neighborhood is home to world-renowned restaurants like Morimoto and Le Bec Fin (pictured).

—Anthony Conte

Houston: Montrose

This 100-year-old neighborhood is one of Texas’ most diverse. An eclectic selection of dive bars, deluxe condominiums, along with a large array of fine dining eateries like Hugo’s, Mark’s American Cuisine (pictured), and Gravitas American Bistro make this area unique.

—Anthony Conte

Atlanta: Buckhead

Known as the “Beverly Hills of the East,” this neighborhood has everything to keep the chic and savvy satisfied. Art galleries, luxury shopping, and, of course, upscale dining in the form of Restaurant Eugene (pictured) and Aria ensure that Buckhead is on every traveler’s itinerary.

—Anthony Conte

Miami: South Beach

With a head-spinning array of day and nighttime choices, the glitzy neighborhood of South Beach is the vacation destination of the rich and famous. High-end hotels and cuisine combine for a truly lavish experience in this sun-baked paradise. Restaurants like Joe’s Stone Crab (pictured) and Prime 112 are among the culinary hotspots in this mecca of cuisine.

—Anthony Conte

Seattle: Queen Anne

This residential part of Seattle sits atop a hill overlooking downtown, and its dining choices are equally lofty. On and off Queen Anne Avenue, restaurants like Canlis (pictured) and How to Cook a Wolf make the neighborhood as rich in culinary offerings as its mansion-dwelling early residents were.

Los Angeles: West Hollywood

This part of L.A. hosts some of the area’s best restaurants, clubs, shops, and hotels, between the Sunset Strip and Robertson Boulevard. It’s a neighborhood stacked with the restaurants of celebrity chefs, like Wolfgang Puck’s red seven, Rick Bayless’ Red-O, and Gordon Ramsey at the London plus casual crowd favorites like Pink's (pictured).

            —Anthony Conte

Chicago: West Loop

What was once a warehouse district is now Chicago’s premier dining district. Amongst luxury condos and art galleries live many of the city’s most acclaimed eateries, including Publican (pictured), Moto and Grant Achatz’s two soon-to-open dining ventures, Next and Aviary.