Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass
From top hits on your radio to Oscar-winning films that played on the silver screen, restaurateur-ing was a natural next step for these seven celebs with ultra-popular eateries around the nation. Explore menu offerings that range from high-class dining to quick bites to eat on this star-studded list of celebrity-owned restaurants.
1. Walton’s Fancy & Staple – Sandra Bullock
For the best in comfort food, visit Sandra Bullock’s Austin, TX-based deli, Walton’s Fancy & Staple. A local favorite, Walton’s Fancy & Staple specializes in fresh-baked breads, gourmet sandwiches and scrumptious sweet treats that are created daily by skilled pastry chefs. The deli is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner and features a variety of rotating Blue Plate Specials.
2. Chicken + Beer – Ludacris
Visit the multi-talented Ludacris’ hometown of Atlanta for a taste of the rapper-turned-actor’s unbeatable southern fare at Chicken + Beer. Located within the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Chicken + Beer is a 90-seat restaurant that stands apart from other terminal dining offerings with its bold wall art, bumpin’ playlist and of course, tasty food. In fact, this food is so good that the restaurant became the first airport eatery considered for a James Beard Award.
3. Saints & Sinners – Channing Tatum
With a vibe that was inspired by famous red-light districts and burlesque halls around the world, Channing Tatum’s New Orleans-based lounge Saints & Sinners lives up to the Big Easy’s wild reputation. Saints & Sinners is the traveler’s one-stop-shop for food, fun and spirits and best of all, all of the profits raised at this establishment are used to help charity organizations locally and around the world.
4. Joanne Trattoria – Lady Gaga
Little monsters can dig their paws into a wide spread of traditional Italian offerings at Lady Gaga’s family-owned NYC restaurant, Joanne Trattoria. Here you can get caught up in a bad romance with a saucy pasta dish or perfect your poker face when you tell your friends that you only want one slice of Joanne Trattoria’s savory pizza.
5. FGL House – Florida Georgia Line
Situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, FGL House is the world-class kitchen owned by famous country duo Florida Georgia Line. As one might expect, the restaurant is a hot spot for live music and visitors can enjoy performances from up-and-coming artists each and every day. Pair this with FGL House’s specialty craft cocktails, southern-Cali fare and one of the largest rooftops in Music City and you have yourself a party.
6. Pump, Villa Blanca and Sur – Lisa Vanderpump
The leader of a fine dining empire and reality TV superstar, Lisa Vanderpump owns and operates three successful restaurants on Santa Monica Blvd: Pump, Villa Blanca and Sur. Not sure which to try first? Lisa once described the restaurants as the following, “Villa Blanca is where you take your wife, Sur is where you take your mistress and Pump can be where you take your boyfriend.”
7. Michael Jordan’s Steak House – Michael Jordan
If you find yourself looking for a tasty steak while exploring the Windy City, look no further than Michael Jordan’s Steak House. Classy and stylish, the staff at Michael Jordan’s Steak House prides themselves in “steaksmanship,” something that is achieved with fresh seasonal ingredients in combination with fantastic hospitality. Each steak served undergoes a rigorous selection process and is grass-fed to 45 day dry-aged USDA Prime, sizzled to perfection and never overdressed.