An enjoyable and filling way to get to know a new place is by eating out at local restaurants. Food tours are fast becoming a popular activity among tourists, creating a new and exciting “foodie holiday” trend. Destinations of such culinary prowess that dishes by themselves lure tourists and locals alike. To help you find mouth-watering bites around America, we’re highlighting 11 amazing places to eat that you won’t find in any tourist guide. Come hungry for local encounters that please not only your stomach but also your appetite for a more authentic journey.
1. Las Vegas
While Las Vegas dining could conjure up memories of greasy dining and all-you-can-eat buffets, the city is home to an ever-increasing number of restaurant gems. You just need to find them! Let a guide take you to the best cuisine on the Strip. There are Las Vegas Food Tours that feature up to a dozen dishes from all over the world.
In Nashville, the hot chicken is legendary, and the whisky is served straight. Plus, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue and flaky biscuits are served all day, with drinks that hit hard enough to make the Billboard Top 20 all qualify Nashville as one of the country’s top foodie vacations.
Innovative, fresh, and steeped in fish, Seattle’s culinary scene is rewarding. Although all the innovative and nutritious food expected from the West Coast cities, the tried-and-tested Pike Place Market always sets the benchmark for simple food.
Go beyond deep-cooked pizza and hot dogs while visiting Chicago. The string of Michelin-rated restaurants and creative eateries are redefining the Windy City’s popularity as one of the best foodie vacations.
Downhome cuisine is high-class at Charleston’s dining scene. Some Holy City restaurants have received national recognition for their amazing flavors and cultural import. But you can still find oyster shacks, biscuit bakeries, and fried chicken dishes that are as unaffected as ever.
6. San Francisco
Home of the farm-to-table revolution and the artisanal king of all, San Francisco is an original foodie paradise. Find your favorite burritos in the Mission, sign up for the vegan dim sum in Chinatown, or take this North Beach Food and Walking Tour to try some of the old-school Italian cuisines in the area.
Just like the grits, the culinary origins of Savannah are rich. Fill your mind and your stomach with this Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour, which takes you to top food shops and historic sites like City Market, and taste the city’s most famous dishes such as crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and shockingly tasty honey.
Miami is currently one of the hottest food cities in the USA, offering visitors a mix of Southern favorites and Cuban classics—meaning you can eat chicken and waffles for breakfast and Cuban-style frita burgers for lunch.
9. New York City
Looking for places to eat in New York City? You might find yourself munching mustard-slathered pretzels, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or waiting in line for the city’s newest food trend i.e., unicorn rolled ice cream. The rich cultural diversity of New York City adds to the mix: find Italian delis near Mexican taquerias and Polish bagel shops near Turkish shawarma trucks.
10. New Orleans
Take a walk in New Orleans’ streets and you’ll catch the aromas of the culinary scene long before you see it. You can always follow your nose to New Orleans classics like gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets, or stroll through the French Quarter if you are looking for a place to eat in New Orleans.
11. San Francisco
You may have heard that San Francisco is a city of innovation, and by extension, it is also true for its restaurant scene. With plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants, a number of farmers’ markets, and various unique hole-in-the-wall places to eat, there’s no shortage of creative options in the City by the Bay’s neighborhoods.