I was thinking about really good restaurants in unusual places. You expect New York and Chicago to have great places, but what about the unsung little places where you can sometimes get great food? For example, a couple hours from here is the Elk Creek Steakhouse, where they butcher, age, and yes, I think slaughter their own beef. Don't expect side dishes (maybe a potato) and the atmosphere is dreadful (hospital cafeteria crossed with Aunt Goldie's house) but the steaks are outstanding. Another example is down by my parent's house in Shell Knob, MO, (official population: 42). There used to be a really innovative 4* chef at a restuarant called Tuckers. It was definitely not the kind of place you expected to find in the Ozarks.