53% of Americans see themselves as a foodie or someone with an enthusiastic interest in food. This passion is clear even when they travel. Discovering new dishes is the second most popular vacation activity, according to US Tourism data; but people who live in the US do not even have to travel abroad to satisfy their foodies within. There are many places in the country where you can feast on unique cuisine that can be an experience all on its own. Here are the three top ones.
New York City
Many know The City That Never Sleeps is also called the “Melting Pot of America.” New York City has welcomed immigrants from all over the world. These varied cultures have become part of the city’s cultural fabric, including food. A restaurant you should not miss is Delmonico’s, the first fine-dining restaurant to open in NYC. Aside from its historical significance, it is famous for the Delmonico Steak. The chef bastes the thick steak with butter, broils it, and then serves it with herbed butter on top. Delmonico Potatoes or baked mashed potatoes with cheese on top is its traditional side. Eggs Benedict, Baked Alaska, and Lobster Newberg are other must-haves.
New Orleans is the destination to go for its distinctive Creole and Cajun cuisine. Just like in New York, diverse cultures have influenced its culinary culture. Feastio considers Antoine’s Restaurant the best place for Creole dining. The founder’s son created Oysters Rockefeller, an oyster dish with rich butter, watercress, breadcrumbs, and other herbs. For authentic Cajun dishes, Gayot recommends Cochon. Chef Donald Link serves typical Southwest dishes such as andouille sausage, Cajun boudin blanc, and pulled pork. Andouille sausages are unique as their taste is sharper and smokier than other types and have chopped or sliced meat, which provides a juicy texture to the palate. Order the Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo to have a bite of this unique sausage.
Portland is consistently on top of the best food destinations in the US. Its wealth of natural resources provides not only the freshest ingredients; it also makes Portland one of the best farm-to-table dining experiences. Portland chef Bonnie Morales names Tusk one of many excellent restaurants in the city. It specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with fresh ingredients from local produce. The best way to savor the rich flavors of their dishes is to order Try Everything on the Menu Mezze Style. It is a platter of meal samplers such as falafel, labneh, and hummus.
Tips For Foodie Travelers
Research where to find the best local dishes before you go. This will help you plan your itinerary and avoid tourist traps. While you may have mapped out one or two meal destinations, make room for spontaneous food finds. Take advantage of guided foodie tours if they are available. Aside from tasting exquisite meals, you will also get to experience the local food culture. Keep an open mind and an adventurous palate. The best part of traveling is trying new things, and that includes food.