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Top Ten Travelers’ Restaurants: The Beaver Club, Monteral
Interior of the Beaver Club in Montreal's Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel  (courtesy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

5) El Chepe Railroad, Mexico
One of the world’s headiest railroads links Pacific-coast LosMochis with inland Chihuahua through the Copper Canyon—four times the size of the Grand Canyon. While tableside viewsare the main draw, the first-class dining car rustles up tastyMexican fare like enchiladas, chicken quesadillas, nachos, andhomemade corn soup alongside exceptionally juicy burgers.

Planning: Take the first-class express service for the dining car; theeconomy-class service just has snack machines.

4) Indianapolis International Airport
The designers of Indianapolis’s replacement terminal aimed tochange people’s perceptions of airports with local food, live music,and an eco-friendly design. On offer are Indianapolite favorites,including breakfast-vendor Patachou on the Fly, Shapiro's deli, the South Bend Chocolate Company, the speedway-themedIndy 500 Grill, and gourmet popcorn store, Just Pop In!

Planning: Some restaurants are in the landside, light-filled Civic Plaza, others airside.

3) Oyster Bar, Grand Central, New York City
Recreating the air of old Manhattan and rail travel’s erstwhileglamor, the ornate Oyster Bar has run since 1913, when GrandCentral was a spanking-new, beaux-arts wunderkind. Beneatha cavernous vaulted roof, the bar honors its roots by offeringalmost no non-seafood entrées. The combination pan roast is asignature dish, alongside around 30 raw-oyster varieties.

Planning: The restaurant is open daily except Sundays and holidays.

2) Globe@YVR, Vancouver Airport, Canada
A cut above the usual airport-hotel restaurant, Globe@YVRpromises panoramic views of Canada’s North Shore Mountainsthrough floor-to-ceiling, soundproofed windows. Those awaitingflights will appreciate the “five-minute lunch," but try to allowmore time to savor the top-notch Pacific-Northwest cuisine.

Planning: Globe@YVR is above the U.S. departures terminal.

1) Beaver Club, Montreal, Canada
Founded in 1958, Montreal's grandest hotel, Fairmont TheQueen Elizabeth, straddles the main railroad station. Of itsthree restaurants, the upscale, dinner-only Beaver Club rivals Canada's best. Expect sumptuous contemporary decor, aformidable wine list, impeccable service, and Canadian twistson French classics, like sirloin flambéed in Canadian whiskey.

Planning: The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday. A dress code applies: no jeans, sneakers, or T-shirts.

This Top 10 List is just one item on the menu in FOOD JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe. This beautiful new book from National Geographic presents hundreds of delicious destinations—spotlighting specialties and ingredients, markets, seasonal delights, great food towns, kitchen secrets, ultimate luxuries, and the best in desserts, wine, beer, and more.

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