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America's 75 best hole-in-the-wall restaurants

A restaurant doesn’t need to be big, bright, flashy and expensive to be great. In fact, some of the best and most beloved restaurants in America are small, don’t really look like much from the outside, and can be considered “holes in the wall.” Today, we’re honoring America’s 75 best. So what makes a restaurant a hole in the wall, exactly? First of all, it needs to fit the most literal definition of the term — by being small. Second, it has to be fairly inconspicuous, not exactly looking like a legendary restaurant (until you account for the perpetual crowds, of course). And third, it has to have an air of authenticity, that feeling that this is the place and that there’s nowhere else quite like it. A lived-in feel also helps, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be old. And in order to be called one of the best? Well, obviously, that’s the most important part: The food needs to be absolutely spectacular, because that’s the main reason why the crowds keep coming. Some of these places are weather-beaten shacks, some are tiny storefronts, some are old railcar diners, some are tucked away where you’d least expect them. Some specialize in burgers, some hot dogs, some tacos, some dumplings. But they all have a couple things in common: They can be considered holes in the wall, and they’re all great places to eat. (This story originally appeared on The Daily Meal.)

Dan Myers, The Daily Meal
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