We might not be able to eat at all of our favorite restaurants right now, but that doesn’t keep us from dreaming about them. These days the BA staff spends a lot of time scrolling Instagram longingly while recounting memories of epic meals past and Slacking each other about where we’re going to travel when we feel safe doing so again.
Until then, we’ve got this list of irresistible recipes from the dining destinations that we—and some of our favorite food people—can’t wait to return to. Take your taste buds on a restaurant road trip from the comfort of your own kitchen with a bright and tangy charred broccoli salad rich with notes of New Orleans, comforting marsala chicken toast from one of San Francisco’s most storied institutions, a decadent chocolaty tart from a tiny patisserie in Birmingham, Alabama, and more. It’s big flavors with none of the carry-on baggage.