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The top restaurants for business meals, state by state

From steakhouses to fast-casual favorites

Keeper Staff
March 12, 2024
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Isaiah McCoy, CPA
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The top restaurants for business meals, state by state

From steakhouses to fast-casual favorites

Keeper Staff
August 17, 2023
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Reviewed by
Isaiah McCoy, CPA

At Keeper, we’re committed to helping you maximize your tax write-offs — and there are a lot of them to consider. But the most delicious write-off? That’s gotta be the business meal.

A tax-deductible business meal doesn’t need to involve a white tablecloth and a lunchtime martini (though it certainly can). According to the IRS, self-employed workers can deduct 50% of the cost of business meals as long as the food or drink is “provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant, or similar business contact.” 

This means that the following types of meals are business write-offs:

  • Taking a client out for lunch
  • Pitching a prospective client over dinner
  • A networking coffee date
  • A meal with a colleague where you discuss work

We wanted to know where Keeper users across the country were heading for their business meals. We figured their top picks would be delicious — after all, if you’re meeting with a client or a prospect, you want to take them somewhere great.

In the list below, you’ll find the most popular business meal spot among Keeper users in each U.S. state. While some popular regional chains are featured, large national chains (think McDonalds and Chick-fil-A) were not eligible for inclusion. The result is tons of variety — you’ll find fancy steakhouses, coffee shops, fast-casual standbys, and food court favorites on this list.

Intrigued by a spot near you? Stop by for a snack! And if you’re planning a business trip to one of these states, even better: You already know where to have your meetings.

The spots

Alaska: The Stikine Inn (Wrangell, AK) 

Alabama: Little Italy (Auburn, AL)

Arkansas: La Huerta (Fayetteville, AR)

Arizona: Filiberto’s (Multiple locations)

California: Rubio’s (Multiple locations)

Colorado: New Sheridan Hotel Chop House (Telluride, CO)

Connecticut: Brick & Barrel Bistro (Bridgeport, CT)

Washington, D.C.: Tatte Bakery and Café

Delaware: Dom’s New York Style Pizzeria (Wilmington, DE)

Florida: Pollo Tropical (Multiple locations)

Georgia: ATown Wings (Multiple locations)

Hawaii: Arvo Café (Honolulu, HI)

Iowa: Captain’s Getaway (Lake Okoboji, IA)

Idaho: Idaho Pizza Company (Multiple locations)

Illinois: Last Chance Bar and Grill (Peoria, IL)

Indiana: Pizza King (Multiple locations)

Kansas: Spangles (Multiple locations)

Kentucky: Heine Brothers Coffee (Multiple locations in Louisville, KY)

Louisiana: CC’s Coffee House (Multiple locations)

Massachusetts: Wild Hare (Hudson, MA)

Maryland: Jerk Taco (Baltimore, MD)

Maine: Shaking Crab (South Portland, ME)

Michigan: Buddies Pub and Grill (Multiple locations)

Minnesota: Spyhouse Coffee Roasters (Multiple locations)

Missouri: Kyoto Teppanyaki (St. Louis, MO)

Mississippi: Old Towne Vibes (Olive Branch, MS)

Montana: Alcan Bar and Grill (Frenchtown, MT)

North Carolina: Biscuitville (Multiple locations)

North Dakota: Lovely Grill (Fargo, ND)

Nebraska: Yoshi-Ya Ramen (Omaha, NE)

New Hampshire: The Common Man (Multiple locations)

New Jersey: Booskerdoo Coffee and Baking Co. (Multiple locations)

New Mexico: Zendo Coffee (Albuquerque, NM)

Nevada: The Juice Standard (Multiple locations)

New York: Haswell Green’s (New York, NY)

Ohio: Third Way Coffee House (Columbus, OH)

Oklahoma: Boomarang Diner (Multiple locations)

Oregon: Pizza Schmizza (Multiple locations)

Pennsylvania: Rita’s Italian Ice (Multiple locations)

Rhode Island: Ladder 133 Kitchen & Social (Providence, RI)

South Carolina: Eastern Buffet (Aiken, SC)

South Dakota: Pizza and More (Rapid City, SD)

Tennessee: Jonathan’s Grille (Multiple locations)

Texas: Bill Miller Bar-B-Q (Multiple locations)

Utah: Rancherito’s (Multiple locations)

Virginia: Ace’s Sports Lounge (Richmond, VA)

Vermont: Benner’s Bagels Pizza N’ What Nosh (Bennington, VT)

Washington: Van Gogh Coffeehouse (Seattle, WA)

Wisconsin: Stone Creek Coffee (Multiple locations)

West Virginia: China Buffet (Charleston, WV)

Wyoming: Uncle Charlie’s (Cheyenne, WY)

Company Contact Country
Alfreds Futterkiste Maria Anders Germany
Centro comercial Moctezuma Francisco Chang Mexico
Ernst Handel Roland Mendel Austria

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