As restaurant doors begin to reopen and we embrace the joys of eating out again, whet your appetite with ten great destinations throughout the states for your culinary checklist.
Austin’s Tex-Mex and Texan barbecue scenes are legendary (try Franklin Barbecue’s show-stopping brisket). Asian food is also hugely popular, and you’ll find numerous Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Indian restaurants. For pizza, burgers and Mediterranean dishes visit the Fareground Food Court in downtown Congress Avenue. Dine alfresco at the eclectic food trucks gathered along East Sixth Street, or browse coffee shops and neighbourhood cafes in relaxed South Lamar.
New York City, NY
The city that never sleeps boasts limitless culinary offerings. Craving soul food? Head to iconic Sylvia’s in Harlem. For a Reuben sandwich, Jewish deli Katz is a lower east side institution. Devour thin crust, crispy pizza at Joe’s Pizza in the West Village or historic Lombardi’s, the first pizzeria in the U.S. Fill up on dim sum at Jim Fong in Manhattan’s Chinatown, or enjoy upscale French dining at Tribeca’s Frenchette.
Philadelphia’s innovative food scene features abundant breweries and international restaurants spanning Afghan to Malaysian. Meat lovers get their fix at Kensington Quarters and Urban Farmer, whilst vegan Vedge tops a profusion of plant-based eateries. For Mexican, choose South Philly Barbacoa or upscale El Vez. Franklin’s Table Food Court at the Pennsylvania University and historic Reading Terminal Market offer diverse menus. For the ubiquitous Philly cheesesteak, join the queue at John’s Roast Pork.
Seasonal produce is the cornerstone of Portland gastronomy. Numerous farm to table restaurants create mouth-watering dishes from local ingredients. Portland Mercado is a culinary hub of over 19 vendors showcasing Central and South American cuisine Take your pick from the city’s several hundred food carts, dishing up breakfast waffles and tacos to Korean barbecue and vegan fare. For a gourmet experience, visit the Mediterranean Exploration Company in the chic Pearl District.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco is synonymous with food pioneers. 170 year old Boudin Bakery introduced sourdough to the masses; their clam chowder in a sourdough bowl is legendary.
North Beach offers top-notch Italian fare, including Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. At Fisherman’s Wharf enjoy seasonal Dungeness crab and Cioppino, a delicious American-Italian seafood stew. Visit Humphrey Slocombe at the Ferry Building for wildly inventive ice cream: try the Secret Breakfast, a crazy combo of cornflakes and bourbon.
Miami’s constantly evolving culinary scene showcases world class seafood and Latin American fare. Visit vibrant Little Havana district for Cuban fried croquetas, lechon asado (grilled pork) and ropa vieja, stewed beef with black beans. In trendy Wynwood you’ll find microbreweries and global restaurants serving Greek souvlaki, Japanese sashimi and Peruvian shrimp ceviche. Head to Miami Beach for gourmet farm to table dining at Stubborn Seed, and inspired vegan dishes at Full Bloom.
Voted Zagat’s 4th most exciting U.S. food city in 2017, Denver continues its culinary renaissance. At Union Station’s Ultreia, you’ll find award winning Spanish and Portuguese tapas, or opt for oysters and cocktails at Stoic and Genuine. Visit Larimer Street’s Central Market for an array of local artisan producers. Enjoy Vero’s wood-fired pizza, craft beers at Curio, and tempting ice cream from the Highpoint Creamery.
Famous for Pacific Northwest oysters, salted caramel ice cream, and, of course, coffee, Seattle is foodie heaven. At 100 year old Pike Place Market on Elliott Bay you’ll find Szechuan and Persian street food alongside French fine dining. The city brims with Malaysian, East African, Hawaiian and American South cuisine. Visit leafy Capitol Hill for steakhouses, Thai and Italian restaurants, or the International District for Japanese sushi and Vietnamese pho.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Creole, French, Cajun and Italian influences are evident in New Orleans’ gastronomy. The city’s eclectic creations include turtle soup, po’boys, and oysters Rockefeller. Experience sophisticated Creole dining at Commander’s Palace, an award winning veteran in the Garden District. For cheaper eats, the French Quarter boasts Central Grocery and Deli, inventor of the muffuletta (a robust Italian sandwich of sliced cold meats and olive salad). Check out Domilise’s, which has been dishing up fried shrimp and sausage po’boys for over a century.
A cornucopia for foodies, Chicago juxtaposes Michelin restaurants with independent breweries and quality steakhouses (visit Gibson’s Bar). Head to multi award-winning Bartoli’s for the ultimate Chicago deep dish pizza. Devon district showcases Indian cuisine, whilst hip Wicker Park offers French, Asian and Mexican dining. Enjoy upscale Korean/American fare at Logan Square’s Parachute. And for Vietnamese, you’ll be spoil for choice in Uptown’s Argyle Street.
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