Experience the Best Themed Restaurants in the US

Themed restaurants have a unifying or dominant theme or concept, and use architecture, decoration, special effects and other techniques to create exotic environments that are not normally associated with gastronomy. From a restaurant inside a launderette to a tiki bar with an indoor lagoon, these are the best themed restaurants in the United States. Nobody expects Michelin-quality food at themed restaurants, it's all about the experience. Whether you're basking in a post-apocalyptic world with tasty food, watching the mermaids perform, or being served by a mix of classic comic book characters, these unique restaurants will make your night a memorable one.

Let Las Vegas host this over-the-top restaurant where the waitresses dress up as nurses and the kitchen serves the most unhealthy and heart-attack-causing food imaginable. Customers put on hospital gowns while waiting for stately, loaded burgers ranging from “Single Bypass” (one hamburger, several strips of bacon) to an impressive “Octuple Bypass” (eight hamburgers, 40 strips of bacon). The French fries are cooked, as expected, in pure butter, and the injections are served in those small plastic containers for prescription pills. Customers who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free, and if you dine here regularly, that goal starts to seem attainable.

Tombstone should be considered a mandatory stop for any true Wild West enthusiast and, along with all the history to absorb, is Big Nose Kate's Saloon. The establishment is reportedly haunted and has an underground level where a worker spent years digging a tunnel through a secret entrance in a nearby silver mine. Visitors can dress in period attire and can freely take selfies at the bar. Or hung over the piano, if you so desire? The Wyatt Earp-style experience is accompanied by live music every night and the equally themed menu includes hamburgers, brisket and homemade chili.

And the Tombstone movie plays in an endless loop on the screens behind the bar. This unique restaurant, with locations in Nashville, Denver, Kemah, and Houston, combines a visit to the aquarium with a seafood restaurant. Yes, we also think it's a bit strange to eat the same creatures you're watching, but hey, whatever works. Fish is also at the center of the menu, with offerings such as clam soup, a lobster tower with avocado and black beans, and shrimp stuffed with crab.

Several times a month, guests enjoy a show of “The Mystic Mermaid”, in which the “mermaids” dive into the tank and give a choreographed performance with music. This crowded place combines a state-of-the-art launderette with a gourmet hamburger joint and craft beer bar. Take your white and colored clothes to the 80-machine washing machine; put them in a high-efficiency washing machine; then sit in the dining room next door, where you can enjoy juicy and oversized hamburgers such as Cajun, an Andouille and Angus hamburger topped with pepper jack and fried crabs, and enjoy locally made foam. And don't worry about dirty clothes: a light plate will let you know when it's time to move them to the dryer.

Founded in 1931 as a pay-as-you-go coffee shop, Clifton's now serves as a multi-level bar with an impressive forest theme. At the center of the space is a 40-foot-tall false sequoia; its base is located near the Monarch Bar on the second level and reaches the ceiling with reinforced branches designed to support aerialists. On the third level you will find the Gothic Bar, a reused altar from the 19th century, and on the fourth floor the offices were transformed into two more bar spaces: Treetops and Pacific Seas with tiki theme. This railway-themed restaurant (with a second location in Kansas City) has been delighting diners ever since it opened its doors in KC in mid-'60s.

In cherry-red vinyl booths among RR memorabilia such as wooden trains and crossroads signs visitors order tried and true hamburgers wrinkled French fries and thick milkshakes then wait for roof mounted “train” to cycle over tracks to deliver order directly to table. It's good old fashioned time that kids particularly are sure to love. Located stone's throw from small city owned Colorado Springs airport Airplane restaurant is inside converted American KC 97 Diners can sit at small tables inside plane itself or “terminal” an area that looks like airport lounge complete with check in desk luggage carousel TVs playing classic movies like Casablanca Menu includes burgers sandwiches salads plus some more unusual items like rattlesnake chili or buffalo wings served on miniature airplane trays.

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