The splurges:

Chicago: Flora tasting menu from Grace, recommended by chef Matthew Accarrino.

Los Angeles: L
obster bolognese at Mélisse, recommend by chef Nyesha Arrington.

New York: Dishes prepared table side at Daniel, recommended by chef Daniel Humm.

Boston14-course chef's tasting menu at Clio, recommended by chef Brian Poe.

San FranciscoCaviar with cauliflower and smoked chicken jelly at Saison, recommend by chef Corey Lee.

The cheap eats:

San Diego: Lamb döner at The Kebab Shop, recommended by chefs Joe Magnanelli and Chad White.

Portland: Egg salad sandwich at Meat Cheese Bread, recommended by chef Gabriel Rucker.

Austin: Tori meshi at East Side King, recommended by chef Philip Speer.

Miami: Fish ceviche at Marcelo's Ceviches, recommended by chef Alberto Cabrera.

SeattlePhở chín gân at Than Brother, recommended by chef Rachel Yang.