#44 The Buena Vista Café (San Francisco, California)
A few blocks from San Francisco’s Fisherman's Wharf is The Buena Vista Café, where the American version of the Irish coffee was invented. The original was first mixed up in 1942 in the port of Foynes in western Ireland, predecessor of Shannon International Airport. Jack Koeppler, the then-co-owner of the Buena Vista, brought it to San Francisco in 1952 at the urging of Pulitzer Prize-winning travel writer Stan Delaplane of the San Francisco Chronicle. The secret to the Irish coffee, they discovered, was the cream that floats on top of the mixture of hot coffee, two sugar cubes, and Irish whiskey. Koeppler and his team of drinkers found that the cream had to be aged for 48 hours and whipped "to a precise consistency," according to the café's website. The California bar also serves hearty fare like eggs Blackstone and bread pudding.