When it comes to dining out, people want much more from a restaurant than just good food. They want an experience.
According to the National Restaurant Association, there are currently 990,000 restaurant locations in the United States. So restaurants across America need to constantly one-up each other and find the most creative and bizarre themes to keep them alive in this competitive industry.
Dancing with drag queens or indulging in cuisine from war zones are just a couple of off-the-mark dining attractions one can experience in the U.S. CNBC spoke to the owners behind some of America's most innovative restaurants and found out what truly sets them apart.
Read ahead to see our list of unusual American restaurants.
—By Jenna Bussiere, special to CNBC
Posted Aug. 20, 2014