26. Sonny McLean's

City: Santa Montica, Calif.
Address: 2615 Wilshire Blvd.
Website: sonnymcleans.com

This place got a huge publicity boost when one of the FBI's most wanted criminals, James “Whitey” Bulger (a.k.a. the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed) was nabbed. In the whirlwind of press following his pinching, it came to light that Sonny McLean's was one of his favorite haunts. The food served here, though Irish-inspired, has a clear Cali influence. Probably Whitey was just there for the beer. He strikes us as a purist.